I was asked this twice, upon ordering and upon receiving their heavily seasoned version at this new "Chinese bistro" (Southdale mall, Edina MN). I've never been asked about this accompaniment to chow fun. Always thought the wide flat noodles were the rice, as it were. I guess the crowd they cater to assume EVERY Chinese dish must somehow come with rice or the emperor would be very unhappy. Have other people encountered the same query in the Midwest?