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After several weeks of noodles and dim sum we think that this is the best looking dim sum around. You can get it here.

In our travels we have not found any food that even closely resembles the chow mein that we so frequently enjoy from our neighbor down the street, Hong Kong Restaurant.

 

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Long Life Noodles are served up with tradition and superstition.

There is more food eaten during the New Year celebration period than at any other time of the year for the Chinese. Many of the dishes hold certain important symbolism; noodles for longevity, tangerines and oranges for wealth and prosperity, whole fish for abundance and togetherness are just a few examples.

Noodles are known to have been consumed by the Chinese as early as 200 B.C and occupy an important position in Chinese cuisine. There are several varieties of noodles; egg noodles or mien, rice noodles, mung bean noodles and wheat noodles. In the northern regions of China, wheat noodle is eaten more than rice as the staple food. Rice noodles are more commonly consumed in southern China.

Noodles eaten by Chinese come in varying widths and thicknesses and usually are very long as they symbolize long life to the Chinese. This is why noodles commonly served at New Year and birthday celebrations are called longevity noodles and signify a long life to the person consuming them. Because of this, the noodles are never cut or shortened in the belief that it would be bad luck and would shorten that person’s life. They are served long and whole, like other foods served during the Chinese New Year. The Chinese also believe that presenting food in its whole state is symbolic for completeness. Chickens are served with head and feet. Fish its usually deep-fried and served whole, with head and tail intact, as well. The fish is never eaten completely since leaving some behind hints at the family’s ability to “always have enough”.