Lunch today was near the Cal campus at Slurp on Telegraph. Fresh noodles are housemade. The machine is in ready view, so they're not handpulled here. Yet, they have a nice bite but not quite as silky and elastic as the handmade ones.
I had the zha jiang mian, topped with black bean sauce and shredded cucumber, $6, and a delicious watermelon agua fresca, $1. The zucchini and onions with bits of pork in the sauce are soft and braised from long-cooking, rather than a fresh sauté. The cucumbers were rather weepy and soft, instead of firm and freshly julienned. Yet, this was a satisfactory bowl of noodles, maybe a little softer than I would like, but tasty nonetheless. I enjoyed it from my window perch overlooking Telegraph Avenue across from Rasputin. Noticing the drops of oil and sauce splashed on the windows from the whiplash of bouncy noodles consumed by previous customers also brought a smile to my face.