Noodling in Nanning.
By Mark Andrews
That’s Shanghai. November 2006
Probably the most famous true local dish is old friend (lao you) noodles. It comes in two varieties according to the noodle type: wheat (mian) and rice (fen). The taste is both sour and spicy. It consists of fried pork, sometimes seafood, pickled bamboo shoots, garlic, chilies, spring onions, and black beans either served dry or in a soup. The dish got its name from the legend of its creation. An old man went to a tea house every day for many years. One day he didn’t go and the owner discovering the old man was sick prepared him the dish and took it to his house. The next day the old man was much better.
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