Noodles in China are like pasta in Italy or Hamburgers in America – you can’t think of the food without thinking of the country. Noodles are an entrenched part of the culture and food scene in China, and have been for centuries. In 2005, archaeologists discovered 4000-year-old noodles in the northwest of China. That predates pasta by 2000 years!
Noodles come in a variety of shapes, sizes and forms. You’ve probably had rice noodles – thick and fat, delicious in char kway teow – or egg noodles – think mi goreng – but, have you ever tried spinach noodles?
Spinach noodles (known locally as known as bo ca mian) are a specialty from X’ian province in central china, where you can find them in stalls, street carts and fine restaurants.
Mixed with a host of yummy stuff like beef, eggs, potatoes and carrots, and all dunked in a spicy red sauce, ho ca mian is a delicious dish you’ve probably never tried, and it might stay that way for a while. These noodles are notoriously hard to find, and the dish even more so.
Chef’s Gallery in Sydney is the best place to find them in Australia. The award winning restaurant make their spinach noodles by hand and cook them in a variety of ways.
If you’re curious enough to try to make some at home, We’ve have found a great video for you to follow.
If you know a great place to buy or eat spinach noodles, let us know! Or if you’d like to learn more about noodles, we can teach you all about noodle etiquette , or take a look at our essential guide to noodles!
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