In the Nanshan Village of China, 51-year-old Lin Fagan continues a centuries-old tradition of making suo noodles by hand. But these aren’t just any noodles—these thread-thin suo noodles measure nine feet in length and take 16 hours to produce. Fagan and his wife make them every day, but with time the practice may disappear, as only the town’s senior residents know the secret to these special noodles.
Noodles are one of the most important components of Chinese food culture. Handmade noodles might be a rarity, and even a pricey proposition outside of China. However, in the domestic market, they are an everyday cheap comfort food.