Day 28: Cross the Bridge Noodles
On April 3rd, the entire Microcampus Voyagers went to Old Town Snacks for dinner to eat the “过桥米线” which in English, translates to "Cross the Bridge Noodles", it is a rice noodle soup from the Yunnan Province of China.
The story behind the "Cross the Bridge Noodles" is that a scholar was studying hard for his imperial exams on a small island. His wife, who would bring him food, found that by the time she had crossed the bridge to the island, the soup would be cold and the noodles would be soggy. The wife then decided to layer some oil over the boiling broth -- the oil acted as insulation and would keep the broth warm. The noodles and other ingredients were kept in separate containers, and when she arrived, she mixed the two containers together for a warm rice noodle soup.
When we ate at Old Town Snacks, the dish was served with a large bowl of boiling hot broth and the soup ingredients. The soup ingredients were presented on plates including raw vegetables and lightly cooked meats. The meats were thin slices of chicken, chunks of chicken, and chicken skin. The vegetables were green and leafy, with chives and so on. Mr. T taught us that the meat needs to be added in first in order to let it cook the longest, then the vegetables, and finally the noodles. Once all the ingredients were added to the broth, everything cooked quickly with oil glistening on the top.