A 32-year-old man named Zhao Mingxi has run his “one-noodle” shop in Chongqing for only two months, but he’s already managed to draw in a massive crowd of patrons and mere noodle-gazers with his noodle-swinging skills, Tencent news says.
“Two liang (0.2 jin) noodles need to be swung around 60 times; while three liang noodles need 90 swings. No matter how many times I swing it, it’s only one noodle,” Zhao explained to reporters. After the noodle is ready, he scoops it up and places it into a boiling pot. Two minutes later, the noodle is put into a bowl with spice.
Although it’s only one noodle, Zhao spends over 10 hours preparing. The magic of the swinging skill lies in the kneading. Zhao prepares 30 to 40 jin of wheat flour to make the noodles which are usually sold out by 2 p.m. on a daily basis. Once he sells out, he has to ready the flour for the next day.
“I can swing the noodle as long as 300 meters. The recipe of the flour is very important but it’s also top-secret”, he told reporters with a smile. “I can guarantee I don’t put additives “.
In general, a two liang noodle is 50 to 60 meters in length, depending on how thick it is. Zhao said people tend to get creative while eating the meal. Based on his observations, customers in no hurry savor it from one end to the other. People on a lunch break scoop it up and devour it in large bites. Couples who order together eat the noodle eat from each end, Lady and the Trap style. D’aw.
By Lucy Liu