Noodles are a big part of Chinese life and have fit into the hundreds of different cuisines inside and outside of China. Crossing the Bridge noodles, or Guoqio Mixian, is a soup noodle from the province of Yunnan and have recently taken over Markham.
The noodles start with a large bowl filled with steaming broth and rice noodles; side dishes like raw beef, pickled vegetables, and tofu are then added, at the discretion of the diner, to the dish after it arrives at the table.
The story for Crossing the Bridge noodles goes that a scholar’s wife brought him food regularly as he studied for his exams on an island in the middle of a lake. His wife noticed that the noodles became soggy and cold by the time she crossed the bridge, so she separated the ingredients and mixed them together after finishing her journey. Because the wife crossed this bridge to bring her husband his meal everyday, the dish was named Crossing the Bridge noodles. Today, the dish is popular in Yunnan, with many restaurants centred around it.
Where to get your fix in and around Markham:
- A! Xiang – 505 Highway 7 E, Suite 65
- Origination Noodle – 633 Silver Star Blvd., Unit 119
- Mimi Noodle House – 8333 Kennedy Rd., Unit 1072
- Oriental Rice Noodle – 7060 Warden Avenue, Unit C1-1A
Are these noodles a food fad or are they here to stay?
|Adrian is a freelance writer, SaaS Sales Rep, and amateur food blogger, and he enjoys food writing and poetry. Find more of his work at adrianzee.wordpress.com and Instagram.|