Chinese noodles are one of the most common and traditional foods in China with a history of more than 4000 years. There are many types of noodles in China. They are easy to make and easy to find. They are not only famous in China but all over the world.
Noodles in China
In ancient times, flour was easy to attain and safe to eat after being boiled. As the wheat is cooked, it's easy for people to digest thus is a good food for the sick or for hospital patients.
Chinese noodles are mainly made of wheatmeal. However, there are differences between noodles in north China and south China. In south China, the flour is usually mixed with duck egg yolk, giving the noodles a smoother, softer texture.
In north China the noodles are often made of just flour. People may also add soda to the noodles which makes them easier to digest. Since people in the north of China plant a lot of wheat, noodles are one of the most important foods in north China. Noodles in north China often accompanies different kinds of vegetables and meat with the overall dish often being very rich.
In south China, noodles are mainly eaten as a kind of snack with rice being the more commonly eaten food.
In China, a common tradition is to eat a bowl of noodles on one's birthday. The noodles should be especially long as this symbolises longevity and the hope that he/she will live for a long time.
Types of Noodles
Noodles vary from region to region, with there being many types of noodles. There are also many kinds of famous noodle dishes such as sautéed noodles with minced meat in Beijing and Dandan noodles in Sichuan.
Sautéed Noodles with Minced Meat: A traditional dish in Beijing. The special nature about the noodles in this dish is the sauce that accompanies them; a mixture of thick broad-bean sauce and diced meat heated in the pot. Vegetables such as potatoes and cucumbers are also often added.
Dandan Noodles: Dandan Noodles is a very popular dish in Sichuan, south west part of China, but is eaten as a snack rather than for a meal. A mixture of diced pork and chill oil with some vegetables is often the accompaniment. These noodles tend to be very smooth and thin.
Lanzhou Stretched Noodles: The process of making stretched noodles is often performed in restaurants for customers to view. The cook stretches the bun in his hands until he can make thin or thick noodles. With sliced beef and delicious soup it is one of the most popular foods in China.