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拉面 La Mian World

the quest for the perfect noodle

Category Archives: Pingyao

So this is the last post on La Mian World. Maybe.

It has been a great journey. The world’s first blog dedicated to the art of  hand pulled Chinese noodles was launched in 2011. With one post per month and fabulous finds of places, restaurants and noodle artists it is the ultimate source of wisdom for all la mian lovers. So or in similar ways goes the usual praise for ones own blog.

Anyway I just had a good time exploring different aspects of the La Mian World, Asian food and countries, taking photographs and last but not least eating and enjoying heaps of amazing, fresh hand pulled la mian.

I hope you enjoyed it as well. Thanks for reading and keep on eating la mian at your local la mian chef’s joint! And of course you can come back and re-read some old post every now and then. It doesn’t hurt.


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Pingyao 平遥 is a UNESCO world heritage city in the province of Shanxi. It is a superpopular tourist destination for the Chinese and to some extent also with foreign visitors. Its historic centre is well-preserved and lies surrounded by the ancient city wall. You can leisurely walk around in its streets and imagine yourself as part of a Chinese historic soap opera.

A friend and I arrived one day in Pingyao at its typical Peoples Republic concrete style train station. From there it is a short walk to one of the city gates to enter the historic centre. Just past the gate I found the right place for breakfast: a La Mian shop!

Its Uighur owners became our best friends in Pingyao. Everyday of our stay in the city we would visit their open kitchen at least once for a bowl of freshly prepared noodles.

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