Noodling Chinatown, Wash., D.C.
In the fall of 2010, I became fascinated with Chinese noodles called La Mian. How could I help myself with this video to watch?
Hand drawn Noodles with Chef Kin Jing Mark.
La Mian, or Lamian, is a type of handmade or hand-pulled Chinese noodle. Through a process of stretching and twisting wheat flour, Noodle Chefs can hand pull hundreds, even thousands of beautiful long thin noodles for a variety of dishes.
The Green Awning is the China Express.
The process is simple enough, but when you see a master noodle maker perform, one truly appreciates the art and beauty of cooking.
The Noodle Chef works out in front so all can enjoy.
My family was enamored with the video as well. With hungry kids having home school science lessons to learn, it seemed like finding a local Chinese Noodle Chef would be fun and educational. Now that might be hard, depending on your location, but here in Washington, D.C., with our famous Chinatown not far away, it was relatively easy.
Ducks hang in the window near the Noodle Chef.
With the miracle of the Internet, I found Washingtonians have the China Express Restaurant with their Noodle Chef making noodles right in the front window kitchen for everyone to watch as they walk by.
Plenty of traditional atmosphere and hospitality.
What a treat it was to watch and we did for a long time, but eventually, we were hungry from being tempted and had to go in for a meal. And, what a meal it was. Fit for a Sunbonnet and a post on BlogHer.com
Bountifully delicious foods beckon us to return.
So, you can see it's taken two and a half years to get there, but in January, 2013, when we visited the National Gallery of Art, we took a cab and were whisked away to Chinatown and the China Express. It was a dream come true. The food was fresh and delicious. The big bowls of noodle soup were tasty with their freshly made noodles and tender cuts of beef. And, I have been waiting all my life to try Peking Duck. Well, we ate duck, too. Dumplings and almond cookies, along with endless pots of tea, made us very fat and happy. We are planning on going back soon.
I hope that when you are in a big city, especially one that has a Chinatown, you will look for a La Mian Noodle Chef. In that way, you will finally understand what we have here in our treasured China Express.