Wuhan

In my experience, Wuhan (and its province, Hubei) is often looked upon even in China as something of a culinary and cultural backwater. Among many circles, it is known for somewhat coarse or aggressive residents, brutally hot weather in the summer months, and a chaotic approach to economic development. Some of my friends from Wuhan…

Wuhan Hot Dry Noodles

Probably the most popular, and certainly the most famous, of Wuhan’s foods is “Hot Dry Noodles,” or re gan mian (热干面). It’s been featured in various Chinese publications as one of the top tier noodle dishes of China, and is the only thing that every tourist (Chinese or foreign) to Wuhan I’ve met has wanted to try.

Recipe: Wuhan Hot Dry Noodles

All right, there a lot of things to note about this recipe, so I’m putting the notes first and going step by step. First, it’s important to have your mise en place prepped for this dish before you start cooking (or reheating) the noodles. Assembly goes quite quickly, and if left to sit for too…