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Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Thursday, October 12 2017 - 21:51
When Lanzhou Beef Noodles Meet Pasta: Taste of Cultural Feast
BEIJING, China, Oct. 12, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

Lanzhou beef noodle is one of China's most representative flour-made foods 
while pasta is one famous Western delicacy. What kind of spark will be created 
when the two famous foods meet? 

A connecting city cultures event was held at the Beijing Ritz-Carlton Hotel on 
October 11 to showcase the interaction. Titled  "When Lanzhou beef noodle meets 
pasta", Chinese and Western chefs staged a wonderful food duel with on-site 
production of delicious Lanzhou beef noodles and pasta. This "culinary feast" 
also facilitated Chinese and Western culinary and cultural exchanges, adding 
more flavors to the event.

This event was held by the Publicity Department of the CPC Committee of Lanzhou 
and the Office of Commerce of the Embassy of Italy in Beijing. Both China and 
Italy have strong feelings for noodle and the inter-city exchange event via 
noodle aimed at further deepening communication and exchanges of the two 
countries in business, logistics, tourism, culture and other areas. It is also 
expected to enhance inter-city interaction and improve the publicity, 
reputation and influence of the two countries' food.

As one of the ten most famous noodles in China, Lanzhou beef noodle boasts a 
history of 102 years and is known for its tasty beef, soup and noodle. Lanzhou 
is also qualified as the hometown of Chinese beef noodle. 

As one major city along the ancient Silk Road, Lanzhou has witnessed the 
arduous efforts of our ancestors and their feat of developing the Silk Road, 
according to Zhang Hui, deputy director with the Publicity Department of the 
CPC Committee of Lanzhou.

Lanzhou's culinary culture has developed its own time-honored characteristics. 
The event will make Lanzhou beef noodles smelled not only across Lanzhou, but 
also across the world via the Belt and Road Initiative thanks to the 
participation of the two countries' noodle masters.It will also facilitate 
cultural and culinary exchanges, Zhang added.

Lanzhou people would like to work with friends at home and abroad to promote 
culinary innovation and development and we hope more cultural exchanges of this 
kind will be held in Italy and Lanzhou in the future, Zhang pointed out.

Pasta is also one popular delicacy in China thanks to its exotic taste.  This 
event will promote culinary cultural exchanges and bring the two countries 
closer, said Enrico Berti, First Secretary of the commerce office with the 
Embassy of Italy in Beijing, adding that the two countries both have 
time-honored history and culture despite a long distance while Lanzhou beef 
noodle and pasta are both delicious despite many differences.

Lanzhou beef noodle has become one city's name card and Lanzhou broth beef 
noodle production skills have become one of Lanzhou's intangible cultural 
heritage protection projects. Ma Wenbin is one senior chef of Lanzhou beef 
noodles who masters the top skills of noodle-making. He made Lanzhou beef 
noodles on site, with the dough turning into noodles within a second. He can 
make six bowls of noodles within one minute and make noodles of twelve 
different shapes.

Chef De Cuisine Amedeo Ferri of Barolo at Beijing Ritz-Carlton Hotel also made 
pasta on site. The Italian chef has rich cooking experience after working in 
Italy, Dubai, Japan, Thailand and other countries. He could deliver a special 
taste to each meal thanks to his study and interpretation of culinary 
differences among different regions.

Meanwhile, eight attendees of the event tried making Lanzhou beef noodles and 
pasta themselves. The interesting experience gave attendees deeper 
understanding of the Chinese and western food.

A bowl of delicious noodles becomes important bond of cultural exchanges 
linking China and Italy. Food and food materials are traveling across the 
regions along the Belt and Road Initiative, enriching people's tastes and 
mutual understanding. The event will not only allow Lanzhou beef noodles to go 
global, but also introduce food from other regions, especially those from the 
B&R countries into Lanzhou.

This intercity cultural exchange event let the guests feel the food culture 
with on-site engagement, thus boosting Chinese food's confidence to go global, 
and China and Italy both attach importance to the development of culinary 
culture and enjoy promising globalization prospects, according to Li Yaguang, 
deputy director with the China Cuisine Association.

Building a bridge between the two countries via food will further promote 
bilateral culinary and cultural exchanges and cooperation and contribute to the 
development of the B&R Initiative by expanding international market together. 
There are promising prospects for Chinese food to go global as well as for 
Italian food to expand in China, Li added.

Source: Publicity Department of the CPC Committee of Lanzhou

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