A Treatise on Tasty Noodles and Morals
So recently a few of my go-to restaurants have started selling 黑芝麻醬麵 (black sesame noodles).
I am a fan of ma jiang mian going back to when my boss told me you got to try this in the hot weather and we would eat at the local filthy hole-in-wall noodle shop that he loved. I thought these peanut sauce noodles were great and would have them once a week for sure (hey I had an excuse I couldn't read back then but even when I could read it took me another five years to realize the 麻meant sesame, it also took me about three years to learn how to mix it properly lol)
They've been a go to of mine for years. I get pissed if I think the laoban hasn't done them right.
Anyways, bear with me here. The point is everybody knows ma jiang mian are brown not black. Right?
The black sesame noodles are being advertised as yangsheng 養生 which means it's good for your health, Chinese herbal stuff, organic stuff , all that.
Beside this on the new menu they wrote 真材實料zhencaishiliao. When I saw this I snapped to attention.
Because if this is the 'real stuff' what the fuck have I been eating for the last almost 20 years?
And isn't the sesame that you see them grinding away in the market always black! So what's this brown stuff?
At least I won't be too disappointed if it was peanut sauce.