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The noodle is an essential ingredient and staple in Chinese cuisine.

There is a great variety of Chinese noodles, which vary according to their regions of production, ingredients, shape or width, and manner of preparation.

Noodles became the prominent staple during the Han Dynasty.

In 2002, archaeologists found an earthenware bowl containing world’s oldest known noodles, about 4000 years old, at the Lajia archaeological site of the Qijia culture along the Yellow River in China.

Zhajiangmian is a Chinese dish consisting of thick wheat noodles topped with a mixture of ground pork stir-fried with fried sauce, which is salty fermented soybean paste.

Mix before eating.

It is said that it tastes better with hand-pulled noodles.

Lanzhou’s Hand-Pulled Noodles is from Lanzhou in northwest China’s Gansu Province, known for its colorful presentation of white radish, red chili oil, green coriander leaves and yellow noodles in a clear beef broth.

Henan Stewed Noodles is a specialty of Henan cuisine.It is a kind of traditional flavor snack containing meat, grain, soup, vegetables and rice.

It’s honored as one of the “Five Noodles in China”, together with Beijing Zhajiangmian, Shanxi Sliced Noodles, Hubei Hot-and-dry Noodles, Sichuan Dandan Noodles.

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