Once upon a time, there was a scholar who was studying very hard for his imperial exam on a small island in the Yunnan Province, China. The only way to get to the island was to cross a bridge. The scholar’s wife used to go to the island everyday to deliver noodle soup to her husband. However, by the time the soup got to him, broth was cold, and the noodles were soggy. The scholar would not enjoy his meal and ended up being weak. This was a matter of huge concern to the wife. Her concerns gave rise to a great idea. She started to prepare her noodle soup with chicken oil on the surface, and various meats and vegetables in a heated earthen pot. The scholar’s health began to improve, and his body and mind grew stronger as he was served with warm food everyday. In the end, the scholar became a successful candidate in the imperial examination. Since then, this story has been passed down through word of mouth among the residents of that province and the soup became to be known as “Crossing the Bridge Noodle”.
Fact: The traditional of eating rice noodle has been in China for more than 100 years and originated in Yunnan Province, China.
Now, people in Toronto can taste the ‘Authentic’ Yunnan rice noodle which is a classic Chinese food heritage.