#480 周记米线 @ 自卫街, 大连 / Dalian

Posted by swisscheese on Sep 29, 2017 in chinese cuisine, crossing the bridge noodles, dalian, video, yunnan cuisine |

Upon reuniting with my dearest friend at Dalian on the night of the 6th of September after she left Singapore for 2.5 months, she brought me to an eatery near her middle school for lunch the very next day.

周记米线(自卫街店)
自卫街4号65中对面(近南山里南门)

Sui Qian used to eat at this eatery during her middle school days when she was still studying at Dalian so the eatery is quite old school. Since the middle school is usually located close to the students’ homes, we could walk to this eatery from her crib. The server at the restaurant seems to be new according to Sui Qian but she did what the average serve would do. After Sui Qian placed the order, we just sat down and caught up while waiting for the server to put the different ingredients on the table. I thought that this was Dalian dish but it ended up being a Yunnan dish called Crossing The Bridge Noodles / 过桥米线.


Legend has it that a scholar in Mengzi County蒙自县 used to do his revisions and concentrate on his studies at South Lake / 南湖 for the imperial examinations during the Qing Dynasty when Qianlong was the emperor. Since he was so busy with his studies, his lovely wife would cross the bridge and deliver her homemade food to him by foot on a daily basis. However, the food will either turn cold after the long journey or when he is too focused on studying that he neglected the food. This also caused the noodles to be very soggy. So the genius wife decided to separate all the ingredients such as the meat, vegetables and noodles into different bowls and let the chicken soup be on its own since the layer of oil will be able to keep the soup warm. The scholar managed to have his warm noodles everyday and eventually passed his imperial examination due to his diligence in studying and his wife’s perseverance to find a way to keep her husband warm and full. This brought about the name of the dish, Crossing The Bridge Noodles / 过桥米线.

As it is easier to illustrate through actions, the process of assembling and consumption of the dish can be viewed via the above video. Although it would be nice to consume this in the winter, the food tastes just as mouthwatering in the summer and I am even craving for it as I typed this. Sui Qian knows that I never like soda so she requested for almond milk for the both of us and damn, it was orgasmic! At the end of the meal, she was so sweet to treat me and paid the bill via scanning the QR code shown at the cashier area and indicated the respective amount. Aren’t you amazed that China is so developed that you can make payment via your phone in even a small eatery like this?

Opens daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm
Payment can be made via Cash, Wechat & AliPay

Totally in love with what this restaurant has to offer but looking forward to trying crossing the bridge noodles at Yunnan as well!

*swisscheese

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