In the kitchen at Houston’s Uyghur Bistro, chef Jacob Chen demonstrates two noodle-making techniques. The first sends clippings of noodle dough into (what looks to be) a broth on the stove. Chen’s second handmade demonstration is a wonder: He twists and pulls the elastic dough into beautifully long, thin, and equally-formed noodles with deceiving ease.

Uyghur Bistro’s menu features 20 handmade noodle dishes from the XinJiang Autonomous Region of China where the Uyghur people hail from.

Read more about Chen in this photo essay by Terabeza, a Houston-based blog about the city’s cultural diversity, religious festivals, and immigrant stories through meals.

Related videos include: How to make Chinese traditional Nanshan noodles and Fresh Homemade Pasta, Made Simply.

Plus, a favorite from The Ring of Truth: Noodles & the principle of halving.

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