兰州拉面 (Lánzhōu Lāmiàn), pulled noodles from Lánzhōu, is one of the best-loved dishes in China.
The noodles have traditionally been a breakfast food, but can (and should!) be eaten at any time during the day. The noodles are served in a soup, or more accurately, a beef broth.
They’re kneaded, pulled, folded, and pulled again many times to make them just the right level of elastic and chewy. Add tender beef, chili oil, cilantro, chopped ginger, scallion, and any other secret spices the cook might have, and voilà! A winner!
The Northwestern city of Lánzhōu has more than 3.5 million inhabitants, and was a major hotspot on the Silk Road, which explains the Central Asia-influenced cuisine. It was recently one of the most polluted cities in the world, but environmental conditions have since improved drastically.
The Chinese “lāmiàn” is analogous to the Japanese “ramen”, using the same characters!
Mid-process and finished product! Baidu Baike