Gala dinner and Shanxi knife-cut noodlesIn honor of our meeting and the start of the journey over Shanxi province, China Daily organized a gala dinner in Shanxi Huiguan restaurant (山西会馆) specializing in local cuisine. Our group was allotted a whole room on the second floor.
The legend says these noodles appeared during the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368) – the period of Mongol reign. The government then was afraid of the uprising of the Han people, so all metal objects including kitchen knives were withdrawn out of all the houses. According to the laws of that time, one knife could be used by no less than 10 families. If you had to use a knife, you took it from the guard for some time, and then returned it. Once an elderly couple wanted to make noodles for lunch, but it turned out that the knife was already taken by another family. Then the head of the family suggested using a piece of iron he found on the road. "If it is too soft to cut, then chip with it" — he said to his wife. The noodles turned out a success, and this method of cooking widely spread.