Brief of Pian Er Chuan Noodles
Pian Er Chuan Noodles is a signature noodle dish of “the Noodle King of Jiangnan” — Kuiyuan Restaurant. This restaurant has a history of more than one hundred years. Your trip to Hangzhou won’t be complete without dining in Kuiyuan Restaurant.
It’s said that in the beginning, Kuiyuan Restaurant was a nameless restaurant with few customers. One year, many students flooded into Hangzhou to take the Provincial Imperial Examination. The owner of the restaurant specially made a kind of noodle (which is now Pian’erchuan) out of pork, bamboo shoots and potherb mustard for the students. There was a day when a poor student walked into the restaurant and ordered a bowl of noodles. Aware of the student’s difficulty, the owner took pity on him and put an extra three eggs in the noodles to wish him good luck. Unexpectedly, the poor student did pass the examination. Later he went back to the restaurant to express his gratitude. Learning that the restaurant had not been named yet he offered the restaurant a name ‘Kuiyuan Restaurant’. Kuiyuan Restaurant in Chinese indicates the place which can bring good luck to students taking examinations. Rapidly, Pian’erchuan and Kuiyuan Restaurant gained popularity.
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