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Oodles of noodles

By  Ye Jun (China Daily)

08:56, May 22, 2012

China, and especially Shanxi province, is a place where noodles aren't just a culinary staple - they're a cultural institution. Ye Jun reports in Beijing.

There's perhaps nowhere in the world where people love their noodles like in Shanxi province.

Locals say the world's best noodles come from China, and China's best noodles come from Shanxi, chef Hao Jinyang says.

Hao is a native of Shanxi's provincial capital Taiyuan and executive chef at the noodle bar of Red Chamber Chinese Restaurant, China World Summit Wing Beijing.

Shanxi people can't go without noodles, even at the most lavish banquet where tables are piled with rare and pricey delicacies.

"It's simply not a meal without noodles," Hao says.

While noodles are made everywhere in the country, Shanxi's are the most diverse, arguably because its people are most obsessed with the staple.

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