My flight home is not until 6pm, so I had all day to walk the neighborhood around my hotel today. Located in Pudong, the newer part of Shanghai, there is a vibrant residential area just steps outside the lobby. No better way to see and experience China than where the locals live, shop, eat and drink.
In a very small side street behind the hotel is this small noodle shop, where you can order the freshest noodles, fried with veggies or just in a bowl of soup, anyway you want them prepared. The kitchen was open towards the street, so I took some pics of the guy making the noodles as the orders roll in.
For myself, I just pointed at another diner's bowl and they understood the strange foreigner...noodle soup. Easy.
Then I walked back outside to watch the cook prepare my order.
He cuts a small piece of dough off a big pile on his table, stretches them out all by hand, until they reach the required thickness. Apparently I ordered flat noodles, but I also watched him make really thin, round rice noodles for other orders.
Those are the moments a video camera would be much better to convey the action. The noodles went into a huge pot of boiling water, just for a couple of minutes, thrown into a bowl, then the server added some Cilantro, chives and slices of beef, I added a small spoon of chili oil, which made for an excellent bowl of soup. I paid 6 RMB which equates to about a buck in Canada, or .80 cents in US currency.