Each place has its own unique local diet such as ramen in Lanzhou, wonton in Northeast China and dumplings in Tianjin. In addition to hot pot, Chongqing, one of the three main stoves, should be small noodles(Chong Qiong Xiao Mian), which are inseparable from Chongqing people.
Today, I came to a Chong Qiong Xiao Mian restaurant on the corner to eat noodles. Like most Chong Qiong Xiao Mian restaurants in Chongqing, there are less than 10 square meters here, and the decoration is not luxurious，just be careless. In fact, Chongqing people do not like the noodles that are too well decorated but prefer the simple roadside noodles stalls. Because in such an environment, only eating noodles has a taste and a sense of simplicity and freshness. After ordering 100g vegetable noodles, I waited for the table. To be honest, despite the miscellaneous sauce noodles, beef noodles and so on, I still prefer small noodles. Just like instant noodles, dozens of new flavors still can’t catch up with the original braised beef noodles. New is not necessarily good, it’s true about noodles. And my impression of facets is like that of Chongqing people who are simple, honest and straightforward.
The master first threw a handful of noodles into the pot, then put a little rattan. Before the noodles were ready, the chef began to make seasonings. Chongqing small noodles(Chong Qiong Xiao Mian) are very particular about seasoning. Such as pepper, garlic water, peanuts, pickles and so on, a total of more than ten ingredients. It is said that chili peppers should be used up on the same day to keep their taste fresh. Finally, the master pulled the noodles out of the pot, and I could smell the unique fragrance of the noodles drifting gradually.
Chongqing people are naturally fond of spicy food, which is inseparable from Chongqing’s humid climate. People who have lived in Chongqing for a long time always feel that they have less taste in their mouths. Hot pot and noodles satisfy the appetite of Chongqing people, and also make them bold and upright. The hotness of Chongqing is not the same as that of Hunan. The hotness of Chongqing is both hotness and hotness, not blindly hotness. If you come to Chongqing, don’t just keep your eyes on hot pot, you’d better try the noodles of Chongqing in person. Chongqing people eat hot pot very often, but they can’t eat it every day, and eating noodles is different from that. As long as you miss noodles or can’t resist the aroma of street noodles, you can get two fifty cents from your bag to solve your problem. Are you afraid you won’t find a noodle stall on the streets of Chongqing? Unable. Chongqing people’s love for small noodles is indescribable.
I still vaguely remember that the small noodles, Chong Qiong Xiao Mian were sold for only one or two yuan eight or nine years ago. Within ten years, the small noodles’money doubled. The income of residents has doubled in the past ten years, which shows that Chongqing small noodles are closely related to the life of Chongqing people.
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