Hot dry noodles (reganmian 热干面)

Hot dry noodles (reganmian 热干面)

Originating from the city of Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei Province, the breakfast staple of reganmian – or hot dry noodles – stole my heart on my own trip to Wuhan.

Every morning I tucked into a bowl of these noodles; sometimes adding braised beef or boiled egg, but always topping them with the accoutrements provided. Pickled radish, chopped green onion and coriander, plus a little chilli oil.

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The days of reganmian being an exclusive breakfast dish are in the past, as now you can see vendors making it all across the city. That’s a bonus for every fan!

The noodles are meant to be of the slightly thick, alkaline variety made from wheat. I absolutely struggled to find them in my part of the world, so I settled on these medium-thickness ones. The main thing is they need to be al dente when you cook them, as soggy noodles call for reganmian disaster.

Once they’re drained they need to be cooled asap, without rinsing under cold water. I put my mixing bowl in the freezer for a while before using it, which helps immensely. Or you can lay the drained noodles on a board in front of a fan, or use an old school hand fan. The rest is straightforward reheating and assembling.

hot dry noodles reganmian

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Hot dry noodles (reganmian 热干面)
Hot dry noodles, or reganmian, is one of Wuhan's culinary heroes
hot dry noodles reganmian
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hot dry noodles reganmian
Instructions
  1. Cook the noodles in boiling water for 4-5 minutes, or until al dente. Drain well, toss into a large chilled mixing bowl and mix through the sesame oil. Set aside until completely cool.
  2. Put the sesame paste and 1 tbsp sesame oil into a small bowl. Mix with a fork or chopsticks until combined. Add both soy sauces and mix until combined. Stir in the five spice and the warm water, one tablespoon at a time. Set aside.
  3. Mix the garlic and water. Set aside.
  4. To serve, reheat the noodles in boiling water for about 10 seconds. Drain well and divide into two serving bowls. Drop a couple of tablespoons of the sauce onto the noodles and mix well to coat each strand. Garnish with pickled radish, green onion and coriander leaves. Add the garlic water. Add a little salt too, if you like. Mix again and enjoy!
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