Lanzhou Hand Pulled Noodles
Noodles is a staple food in much of northern China, no more so than in the wheat-growing region of which Gansu is a part. In the Lanzhou area, Lanzhou Hand Pulled Noodles are a specialty, where the noodles are prepared in front of the diner. Lunch at one of the special Lanzhou Noodle restaurants is a lengthy affair, as there is a set routine involving three different types of noodles, including noodles which have a triangular cross section. The noodles are prepared elegantly in front of you, for an extra fee, and a waitress will provide a running commentary
The noodles are then cooked and served in a clear broth which is heavily flavoured with spices and vegetables. For some reason, some of the noodle dishes are considered as a soup and others as a true noodle dish, although there seems to be no difference visually. So my friends and colleagues are happy to focus on the noodles of one dish, leaving the broth behind if necessary, while finishing the last drop of water from another, seemingly identical, bowl.