Hot dry noodles, also called reganmian, are a traditional dish from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. Typically eaten for breakfast, reganmian have become so popular that most restaurants now serve the meal around the clock.
Fresh noodles are cooked in boiling water. Sesame oil is mixed in and the noodles are boiled again, before toppings including soy sauce, sesame paste, pickles, chilli oil and a lot of cilantro and spring onions are added.
Why is the dish in the news?
The recipe has been around for some time. One suggestion is that it originated in the 1930s when a noodle seller had leftovers, and accidentally covered them in sesame oil, and then found that he could re-boil the noodles a second time.
But recently, reganmian has captured headlines in Italy, thanks to a couple from Wenzhou who opened a restaurant in Florence serving the dish.
Huang Airong told Wuhan Evening News that she first opened the eatery to cater to the growing population of Chinese students in the city. But reganmian has now become so popular that many Italians have started to turn up at the restaurant and ask for it.
Where to try it?
You can find reganmian at Cailinji, a Wuhan restaurant chain, for as little as Rmb4 (60 American cents). Address: 139 Luo Yu Road, Hongshan District, Wuhan. (Tel: +86-15902705437)
And if you want to feast in Florence, the restaurant – called Star Kebab – can be found in a small alley near the Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station. Address: Via Faenza, 24, 50123 Firenze.
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