Cultural Artifact Essay

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Culture is not only reflected in the performing arts or languages, but it is also more able to reflect on the food that people under different food cultural backgrounds, their eating habits and tastes are different. Every place in this world had one or more typical foods to show its culture. Wuhan, where I grew up, is famous not only of its historical sites, like Yellow Crane Tower and Guiyuan Tempe but also famous of its characteristic snacks, such as Hot Dry Noodle, Doupi and duck necks. In these special foods, Hot Dry Noodle is the most important one because it is not only good at taste, but it also can show the culture of Wuhan that this city contains enthusiasm, wisdom, gentleness, and perseverance. In order to prove thesis, I am going to discuss the history of Hot Dry Noodles, Hot Dry Noodles in Wuhan people’ lives, and the culture aspect of Hot Dry Noodles.
Most characteristic foods usually have legendary stories, and Hot Dry Noodles is no an exception. In the 1920s, most Chinese were not wealthy. A hawker named Bao Lee, sold jelly and noodles for living in Long Beach Street, Hankou. One day, the weather was unusually hot, and a lot of noodles were not sold out. Bao Lee was afraid that noodles would become rancid, so he cooled remaining noodles, and dried these noodles on board. However, he accidentally knocked over the oil pot, and sesame oil poured on the noodles. Bao Lee saw this, and there was no alternative but to mix the noodles with oil and let noodles dry again. In the next morning, Bao Lee put the mixed oil cooked noodles in boiling water to warm the noodles, and he picked noodles up and drained them into the bowl. After that, he added the seasoning spices, which used in jelly. Finally the noodles became steaming and scenting, and people were eager to buy, and ate with relish. When someone asked him what noodle he was selling, he blurted out "Hot Dry Noodles." Some other hawkers found Bao’s business was booming, so they learned the production processes from him, and also sold the Hot Dry Noodles. Finally, Hot Dry Noodles was widely spread in Wuhan. All in all, the discovery of Hot Dry noodles is an accident. Because Bao did not want to waste extra noodles, he tried to find the way to keep those noodles, which shows Wuhan people are very frugal and willing to find ways to solve the problems. Also, the action that Bao was willing to share the production method of Hot Dry Noodles rather than kept it as a secret, shows Wuhan people’s passion that they willing to selflessly help others. Because of widespread, Hot Dry Noodles becomes an welcome breakfast in Wuhan.
Breakfast variety of Wuhan is very wide, but in the most time, my choice will be the hot dry noodles. Hot Dry noodles is the most special one in Chinese noodles because it does not have water, which make me easily carry it during the way to school. Also, The rich sesame sauces and warm noodles of Hot Dry Noodles often make my empty stomach immediately filled with warmth and...

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