Monday, October 17, 2011

Chinese Noodles

Niu Rou Wanzi Mian (牛肉丸子面) ≈ Beef meatball noodle
Linfen's (临汾) specialty dish; It doesn't travel too far from the source either. It's also extremely spicy.

Dao Xiao Mian (刀削面)≈ Knife cut noodle (meat)

Ti Jiao (剔尖)

YouPo Mian (油泼面) ≈ Oil Sprinkled Noodles

Youpo Mian (油泼面) ≈ Oil Sprinkled Noodle

He Lu Mian (饸烙面)

Bo Mian (拨面)

Chao Wantu (炒碗秃)

Qiaqia Mian (掐掐面) ≈ pinched noodles
Pingyao specialty (平遥特色)

Saozi Mian (臊子面)
without broth

Saozi Mian (臊子面)
with broth

MenMian (焖面) ≈ Braised Noodle

Mala Mian (麻辣面) ≈ Spicy Noodle (cold dish)

Fen Tiao (粉条) ≈ Noodles made from bean or potato powder (ball form)

Ji Kuai Mian (鸡块面) ≈ Chicken Chunk Noodle
Basically DaPanJi (大盘鸡) but in a smaller bowl

Guo Qiao Mi Xian (过桥米线) ≈ Crossing the Bridge Rice noodle
Originating in Yunnan (云南)

La Mian (拉面) ≈ Hand Pulled Noodles
I heard this is what Ramen is based on

GouDao Mian (沟刀面) ≈ Grooved Knife cut noodles (vegtable)

GouDao Mian (沟刀面) ≈ Grooved Knife cut noodles (meat)

Biang Biang Mian (面)
This character is only for this noodle and is one of the most complicated in contemporary use. I had to use an image to represent it because there is no Unicode value for the character, i.e. it can't be typed on normal computers.

Biang Biang Mian (A not so good version)

Xiexier Mian (斜斜儿面)

Liang pi (凉皮) ≈ (rice noodle base)

Liang pi (凉皮) ≈

Kudai Mian (裤带面)

Jiu Pian (揪片)

This is a good number of the noodles I tried while in China, but not all of them. Shanxi (山西) is famous for there noodles, and there is supposedly upwards of 100 different kinds, though several of these originated in Shaanxi province (陕西省) as well as elsewhere. Hopefully this fills some of the gaps in the internet for others trying to track down the varieties of chinese noodles.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Lake Erie

From a trip to the Cleveland area about a month ago.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I miss Jackie O's

One of my favorite places in Athens, Ohio is Jackie O's Pub and Brewery. Good local food and even better beer. Here's a picture of my step dog sunny cleaning out one of our pint glasses. Unfortunately it was only the remnants of a smoothie and not one of Jackie O's beers, although last time we were in Athens we brought back a growler full of Sparbock.