Life in France is like,
you get occasional extreme cravings of proper asian food but you are living in the suburbs, miles and miles away from the city centre. To find something authentic near where I stay is like seeing my husband cleaning the flat. C'est impossible! Public transportation in Paris is also not something you want to look forward to ( especially in the boiling hot summer! ) with the non-existence of a cooling system, bad odours and frequent strikes. Sometimes, you are just too lazy to spend a long time commuting in such conditions to get a bowl of legit noodles.
One day, I woke up thinking about Xi'an food from China with noodle dishes like liang pi ( cold skin noodles ) and biang biang mian ( hot sauce noodles ). I decided to find a Xi'an restaurant in Paris on google map and to my surprise, there were only like one or two Xi'an restaurants in the city and I could not even tell if they were any good. Anyway, I was pretty excited and dying to try one of the restaurants but my husband, Rizetto didn't felt so keen on going as he was lazy and really against the fact that the restaurant was located in a dodgy area and he thought it was just a bad idea for me to go there alone.
At that moment I realised that it would be way easier to cook up something similar at home that could satisfy my instant need for some hot, spicy and peppery handmade noodles. Never tried making noodles at home so I looked up to some youtube videos, tested and explored a few different methods on making the dough before I found my favourite. For the sauce, I have also researched various recipes and I ended up improvising and came up with something similar to what they have for biang biang mian ( hot sauce noodles ) but with a slight twist! I just love the thick cut of the noodles with the soft, chewy texture as they swim beautifully in a pool of strong, flavourful hot sauce.
I totally enjoyed the entire process of noodle making even if the dough took a bit of time. The feeling's just so rewarding when you know you can start making your own noodles from scratch with really simple, basic ingredients and more importantly, they are delicious! What's missing was probably some boiled beansprouts or some shredded cucumber to give the noodles a kick of freshness and crunchiness.
少不了常常突然想念一些亞洲美食的時候。但因為我居住在巴黎郊區，坐公共交通工具到市中心或13區的唐人街會有一段距離，所以真的很懶得為了一時興起而跑那麼遠只為了吃一餐。巴黎的公共交通工具實在是不可恭維，尤其是炎炎夏日的時候！一想到沒冷氣，不通風和地鐵站時不時傳來尿味還有看似永無止盡的罷工，我只能說如果不是為了上課，上班或辦重要的事，能不搭就不搭。要在我的城市裡找到好吃又道地的亞洲餐館實在很難，就如同我先生突然幫忙做起家事一樣 ： 不可能！一定有鬼！就有那麼一天，我突然很想吃西安菜像我很愛很愛的涼皮和biang biang麵。上網google地圖查了一圈，找到了一，兩家但不知道好不好吃。因為太想吃了所以打算去試試看其中一家圖片和評價都看起來還不錯的。但小安（我先生）開始泛懶不想陪我去。他也覺得餐廳位於在比較不好的區，不建議我自己一個人去。
If anyone's interested in my full detailed recipe on making both the noodles and sauce, let me know and i'll do it in a new post.
Till next time, 下次見咯，