First up, a "pancake" made up of noodles. that's the best way to describe it - cooking noodles so you eat it in slices rather than twirled around a fork. the noodles used are called "麵線" (mian4 xian4), which is a type of rice noodle.
the noodles, which are flexible when dry and not stiff at all. plus they are a lovely white color.
you place it in hot water until they are soft. this is very quick step as it takes only 2 to 3 minutes until they are soft. you don't want to let them stay too long or they will turn into mush.
remember the broth from my previous post? scoop some of it up and start adding it to the noodle mass around the edges. let it cook for a few minutes...
and flip it over! oops, a bit burnt - but that's okay, i'm always a fan of the burnt taste. let the other side cook as well.
and flip! this is what the perfect color looks like. cut like a pizza and eat. yum!
Next, a squid side dish.
carefully score diagnoal lines on the inside of the squid one way, and then score more lines the other way so you get a diamond pattern. then chop into pieces.
add in some sea jelly and pork. and finished! and I did leave the kitchen for a bit, so I'm sure other liquid was added for flavor because it can't be all water...
lastly, a veggie side.
conclusion: the noodles were definitely my favorite. i'm set on recreating it when i get back to the states. it had a perfect combination of crispy, crunchy, and chewy - my weakness in food are opposites that work perfectly when put together. and i love watching others cook in person - there really is no better way to learn about food as well as connect to people all at the same time.