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12 Days of Buffalo Christmas: Seventh Day

Here are my suggestions for a uniquely Buffalo Twelve Days of Christmas, one delicious gift a day until Christmas Eve. Traditionally the 12 days of gift-giving follow Christmas, but this way you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.

Look back at the first day, second day, third day, fourth day, fifth day and sixth day.

12 Days of Buffalo Christmas: Sixth Day (eggnog from Hoover's Dairy)

12 Days of Buffalo Christmas: Fifth Day (panettone)

12 Days of Buffalo Christmas: Fourth Day (Buffalo Proper's Tom and Jerry)

12 Days of Buffalo Christmas: Third Day (Sichuan-style chicken from China Star in Amherst)

12 Days of Buffalo Christmas: Second Day (Schwabl's hot-ham sandwiches)

12 Days of Buffalo Christmas: First Day (veal chop from Hutch's)

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

•    Seven bowls of wheat noodle soup with sesame chili oil and braised beef from Kaydara

While they say chicken noodle is good for the soul, the average chicken noodle is pretty dull. For my soul I turn to the Asian nations who have mastered noodle soups with pho, ramen and their ilk.

[See Andrew Galarneau's five soup recommendations for cold weather]

One of my favorites is a riff on khao piak sen, “the chicken noodle soup of Laos,” at Kaydara ($8.50 small/$11 large).

A rich, flavorful broth holds sesame chili oil, braised beef and glutinous wheat noodles, similar to udon, but with more chew. It’s Asian comfort food: hearty, beefy, spicy, and delicious, sure to melt your ice-cold Buffalo winter core.

Info: Kaydara Noodle Bar, 777 Main St., 768-0038


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