Hot dry noodles are a top breakfast choice in Wuhan, Central China.
Famous for its chewy texture and smooth sesame past, the delicacy is closely linked to Cai Lin Ji (蔡林記), a well-known hot dry noodle franchise which holds a record of selling 5,000 bowls in a single restaurant in a day.
Wang Yong-zhong, a chef at the Cai Lin Ji Restaurant, explained that “Hot dry noodle is very quick to make and convenient.”
As Wuhan people are efficient and fast paced, Wang continued, the noodles are the perfect choice for breakfast as people can eat it while walking or waiting for a bus to the office.
Wang added that some of his friends had asked why they did not feel hungry after they ate hot dry noodle for breakfast.
He replied that the secret was due to “black sesame.”
According to Wang, ancient books had a saying claiming that people who often eat black sesame can go without food for three years.
As “ancient wisdom is never wrong,” Wang explained this was why people can feel energetic for the whole day after eating hot dry noodles.
As for the noodles themselves, the secret to its chewiness was also revealed.
By cooking alkaline noodles in boiling water, one had to mix the noodles with sesame oil and let it cool for a while.
Then, the chef would only need to cook the noodles in boiling water for 7-8 seconds to get its chewy result.
Other ingredients including broth, soy sauce, pickled radish, and sesame paste are also needed to finish the dish.
“Wuhan is the city of breakfast,” Wang said, adding that “a happy and beautiful life always starts with a nice breakfast.”