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Published November 26th 2020
A trip to Shanxi without passport, visa & flying
Shanxi literally means "mountain west". It's a Chinese province named after its location being the west of the Taihang Mountains in the northern part of China. Although it's only 600km from Beijing, Shanxi has its unique cuisine and signature dishes. At Morphett Street Adelaide CBD, you will find this Shanxi Noodle Bar take you on a gourmet and cultural journey to this lesser-known province in China.
Walking through the oriental front, you will be drawn to the brick wall looking wallpaper. On the walls are framed paper-cuts depicting traditional peasant life in China. Two glass cabinets house stories telling Shanxi. I spot beautifully crafted wooden boxes, Chinese calligraphy set, date juice, sea-buckthorn juice, red dates and liquor.
Inside the noodle bar, there are giant photos of temples, ancient villages, buddha statues and grottoes. These are all famous tourist attractions of the Shanxi province. The grey brick wallpaper continues throughout the interior creating the perfect background for the charcoal roof tiles and red exposed joists. This joint project with SA Shanxi Chamber of Commerce has thought it through how to introduce Shanxi to the Adelaide audience. The cubicle sitting area suits families and groups. For couples, the bar sitting area surrounding the kitchen will be ideal.
The menu acts as the order form. You will be given an erasable marker to write on the menu. Tick what you need on the laminated menu. The highlight of the menu is the sliced noodles, an intangible cultural heritage of China. The noodles are sliced-to-order from a big slab of fresh dough and dropped straight into the boiling water. The knife has a curved edge, which is specially made for this kind of noodles, so the edges of the noodles are thinner than the centre.