I enjoy chinese noodle very much but it is the first time I ever had such a bowl of noodle made up of a single thread of noodle ! My friend in Beijing brought me to this shop by the name "Noodle Loft". It is a noodle bar setting with open kitchen and you can actually enjoy the performance of the cooks in preparing, stretching and cooking the noodle for you.
I ordered this famous no kidding "One Strand Green Noodle". The cooks first prepared the flour. The raw material is actually spinach and so the noodle made is rather nutritious. They then stretched the flour into thin thread of noodle; and the most spectacular view was when they literally "threw" this long thread of noodle into the cook pot, unbroken ! After a few minutes of cooking, here came my bowl of noodle !
The steaming noodle was served with meat source on the side so it was very delicious...To eat it properly, the first challenge is to find the "ends" of the noodle. Then you have to "stream" the noodle carefully into your mouth so that it will not be broken. My friend told me, if you manage to empty the bowl without breaking this single thread of noodle, it will bring you the luck of longevity. And this actually becomes a very popular ritual for the birthday celebration.
It took me quite a while to locate the "ends" to start eating. The noodle was so long that I almost had to stand up to pull it out of the bowl! Despite my careful sucking of the noodle into my mouth, I failed to "stream" the thread in complete. It was quite an exhaustive eating experiencce as you do not have much time to breathe with the noodle inside your mouth. Luckily it was not my birthday !!