Da la pi (clear noodle salads) are a delicacy of the Dongbei region of northeastern China. Northern City makes one with a bounty of slippery, wide mung bean noodles over cucumbers, carrots, wood ear mushrooms, cilantro, and pork in a sprightly vinegar sauce. Add a plate of celery dumplings, and you have the best $5 meal in Chicago.

ORDER (SERVES 3): Northern-style clear noodle salad, $9.95; celery dumplings, $5.95 for 14

742 W. 31st St., Bridgeport, 312-842-9677