This was breakfast/lunch today. A boiled egg, pickled cocumber with tofu, and the traditional Muslim beef noodle soup. In Yinchuan, the soup comes with chili by default, while it’s the opposite in Beijing. This was much better than what I’ve had elsewhere in China, though. (I don’t know how I will go back to eating those.) The flavor was also significantly less medicinal. I don’t know if in Beijing they purposely adapt this dish to local tastes or if they use premade spice packets that are more medicinal (or some other reason.)
Total price 6 RMB. The receipt shows 5 RMB because I purchased the egg later. I was shocked, I thought for sure they meant 15 RMB and kept giving them 10 extra, but they kept giving it back to me. Then I saw the receipt and it actually read 3RMB for the soup. I thought maybe I was reading it wrong. But, no, the soup came. I thought, oh no, is this some super fast food version like instant noodles? But the broth was excellent. Ok, maybe the noodles were factory made. The noodles were perfect. I turned around and went toward the kitchen.
Definitely hand made. I still don’t… I just can’t understand how it’s even possible. This same meal is 23RMB in Beijing and not as good!
I can’t find an exact address for the restaurant, but face this shop and walk a few doors to the left.