Summer Solstice（Chinese: 夏至xià zhì）is the tenth solar term. As the saying goes: “There is no hot days before Summer Solstice.” Summer Solstice comes with higher temperatures and brings the hottest days. Since ancient times, Chinese folks have been paying attention to " people eat noodles on the Summer Solstice". "Because the new wheat has appeared on the summer solstice, so eating noodles on the summer solstice also means tasting new."
For Beijingers, they must eat Fried Sauce Noodles on the Summer Solstice. Zha Jiang Mian (炸酱面), or “Fried Sauce Noodles…” So famous in China that the mere mention of it immediately makes people think of Beijing. It’s sold everywhere—from street vendors to restaurants in five star hotels.
Prices can vary from 10RMB (about $1.60) to 100RMB, but trust me: higher prices don’t necessarily guarantee better taste. A dish of perfectly chewy noodles with a rich, meaty sauce, Zha Jiang Mian is just another one of those perfect dishes that you don’t really mess with too much.
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