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Chengdu: Bedspread noodles and Buckwheat noodles

pepper_mil | Jun 7, 2008 11:36 PM

Near the Fortune Centre just south of the Chunxi Rd area is a little place selling noodles that are a specialty of the Chongzhou region of Sichuan (near Chongqing, I think.) I went to check them out today because I love the Japanese and Korean versions of cold buckwheat noodles (cold soba and nang myun) and wanted to try the Chinese version. The buckwheat noodle machine was really interesting to watch; they would put a cylinder of brownish dough into a press and extrude the noodles into a big vat of water underneath. The cold buckwheat noodles (liang qiao mian) had the same seasoning as you normally put on liang mian and liang fen (cold noodles, cold bean starch noodles) but also had some chunks of beef.

They were pretty good but most people were getting the bedspread noodles (pu gai mian) - a flat, wide sheet of noodle dough in broth with yellow peas and various other toppings. I adore pu gai mian but have other favourite places to eat it.

Caveat, place is a little grubby even by Chinese standards. It's right across the road from the Fortune Centre KFC.

Shop name: Chongzhou qiao mian pu gai mian
The cold buckwheat noodles, after being stirred up.

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