Yunnan Crossing-the-Bridge Noodles in Kunming
Deriving its name from the folk story Crossing Bridge in the Nanhu Lake of Mengzi City in the south of Yunnan, this local dish is served in a big pot, in which the hot soup is prepared and sliced chicken, fish, pork go after, and finally the vegetables and rice noodle. In Kunming and other parts of Yunnan, you can easily find restaurants that serve cross-bridge rice noodle, such as the Brothers Jiang, Jian Xin Yuan etc.
The story of Cross-Bridge rice noodle
The story goes that a young scholar isolated himself on an isle in the Nanhu Lake, in Mengzi City, to prepare for the imperial examination. His wife had to travel and cross a bridge to bring him daily meals. Frequently, his meals went cold by the time it reached him. One day, quite by chance, his wife discovered chicken soup could be kept warm with a layer of oil on the top; from then on, she would serve the noodles and meat slices with the oil-layered soup and the young scholar could enjoy a warm meal every day. When the scholar eventually did well in the examination, he attributed his success to his wife’s efforts and the dish gained its popularity as Cross Bridge Rice Noodle.
Where to eat?
Jian Xin Yuan Chain Restaurants
(1)- No. 195, Baoshan Rd, Downtown
Public bus No.59, 239, stop at Deshengqiao (Qingnian Rd)
(2)-Xingyuan Rd, Xishan District
The Brothers Jiang Chain Restaurants
(1)-at Xiaoximen (Renmin Rd, near the Green Lake Park)
Public bus No. 54, 56, 61, 66, 95, 100, 189, 52,237, K13, K5, stop at Xiaoximen
(2)-at Jinbi Square, near the Golden Horse Archway and Jade Rooster Archway
Public bus No.3, 4, 62, 73, 90, A1, 107, 120, 213, K11, K12, stop at Golden Horse Archway
(3)-No.298, Chuncheng Rd., near Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Public bus No. 154, A2, 32, 51, 52, 57, 107, 209, stop at Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Centre