Cultural Express—Shaanxi Ten Wonders

I have been staying in Xi’an ever since the middle of 2006,almost 6 years now.I did not realize until now there were countless interesting cultural points here,such as the ones I am aiming at today and for the next 9 weeks coming—Shaanxi Ten Wonders

The wonders do not mean 10 awe-inspiring architectures,but traditions.Image

A man is swallowing a full bowel of Biangbiang noodles looking more like films or belts in this pic.O_o You could never find such broad noodles in southern part of China,where the thin ones as wide as threads of hair are more commonplace.This is the first wonder,Biangbiang Noodles looking like a belt due to the thickness and the length.

Why???You may ask.The answer is I am not sure I know,so I consulted an authoritative source online.

Here is the full answer:

A folk song goes like this: “noodles in Sanqin(Shaanxi Province) are very good, and cut thick and wide, they look like waist-belts; made of fine and white flour, not only are they tensile, tasty and savory, but also provided in large quantity.”

Wheat has always been abundant in Shaanxi Province since long ago; therefore, people there mainly live on wheaten food. Every meal in one day has to do with wheaten food, and most are noodles and steamed buns. Noodles in Shaanxi are not like those commonly seen, and they are the same as the sincere Shaanxi people. In Shaanxi, all women are master-hands in rolling noodles. If a girl can’t cook noodles well in her own home, she, to a large extent, is apt to be despised after marriage. In the rural area Shaanxi Province, the most important thing for a grown-up girl is not to be able to sew clothes or weave out a certain pattern, but rather to roll a full board of noodles. And in that case, a girl shall gain the recognition of her relatives in law after she gets married.
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Comparing with noodles in other places, the noodles in Shaanxi can be called such a name “miantiao”(noodles as thick as bar), while noodles of other areas should be given the name “miansi”(noodles as thin as thread), and especially those noodles of foreign descent are not qualified to put on the same bar.

Noodles in Shaanxi are essentially eye-catching in their size. Their thickness, width and length go beyond many people’s imagination, shaped like belts tied around waist. However, don’t be shocked by its imposing appearance. Seasoned with oiled red pepper powder, russet soy-sauce and vinegar, a bowl of genuine Shaanxi noodles is almost an artwork, with white salt, chopped green coriander and onion. Sitting before the bowel, you might not be able to pick up your sticks for fearing to destroy that bowl of wonderfully arranged noodles.

When facing the bowl, you can see what an appealing scene it is – red, white, green and yellow alternate with each other in the bowl, each symbolizing spring, summer, autumn and winter respectively. The noodles smell slightly sweet, so even the immortals in the Heaven can’t help their mouth watering. When put into mouth, they taste as soft as sticky rice, while they are as tensile as skin when chewing. Once you finish one bowl of noodles, you will have no any appetite even facing other delicacies of every kind.

(from:http://en.folkw.com/info_view.asp?id=125)

I feel the same.I had one bowel once.It turned out to be no appetite at all for anything else.What’s more,that only cost me 5-6 RMB for a huge bowel of that.Oh,my…Incredible!!!

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