Crossing-the-bridge noodles

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Crossing-the-bridge noodles is a traditional dish originating from Yunnan province in China. It is one of the most renowned dishes in Yunnan cuisine and is known for its unique preparation and serving method.

History[edit | edit source]

The history of Crossing-the-bridge noodles dates back to the Qing Dynasty. The dish is associated with a popular legend about a scholar who was studying for his Imperial examination on a small island. His wife would bring him food, but by the time she crossed the bridge to the island, the soup would be cold and the noodles would be soggy. To solve this, she started to carry the broth and the other ingredients separately, adding them together just before serving. This method kept the broth hot and the noodles fresh, hence the name "Crossing-the-bridge noodles".

Preparation[edit | edit source]

The preparation of Crossing-the-bridge noodles involves several steps. The broth is made by simmering chicken, pork bones, and spices for several hours. The noodles, typically made from rice, are cooked separately. The dish is served with a variety of ingredients such as thinly sliced meats, vegetables, and tofu which are added to the hot broth at the time of eating.

Serving[edit | edit source]

When serving Crossing-the-bridge noodles, the hot broth is presented in a large bowl, with the other ingredients arranged separately. The diner adds the ingredients to the broth, starting with the meats and followed by the vegetables and noodles. The heat of the broth cooks the ingredients and the dish is eaten immediately.

Cultural Significance[edit | edit source]

Crossing-the-bridge noodles is not just a dish, but also a symbol of Yunnan's culinary culture. It represents the ingenuity of the local people and their ability to create a delicious and satisfying dish from simple, local ingredients. The dish is often served at celebrations and is a popular choice at restaurants throughout the province.

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