After nearly a decade of living in China and travelling extensively to learn as much food as humanely possible, I decided to start posting some of the really interesting things I have found, in hopes that other will enjoy them as well.
This one is made from a longer grain variety of whole wheat (莜麦) grown in ShanXi Province--shown in the photo below next to the finished product. The noodles are hand made by pushing dough onto a long rectangle, cutting, rolling up, forming into a honeycomb structure and steaming. They contain only flour and water--no salt, oil, or flavorings.
They are eaten with a variety of toppings or dipping sauces.My favorite preparation was one topped with stewed wild mushrooms, pork, hot peppers, and string beans. Other really good variations include stir-fried tomatoes with garlic as a dipping sauce.
You can find them at many restaurants(from hole in the wall places to higher end ones) in the capitol city Tai Yuan as well.
Besides the unique shape, these noodles packed a seriously satisfying chewy texture and robust whole grain flavor.