When it comes to the art of hand-pulled noodle making, there are only a couple techniques to get the final product just right. And China's Shanxi province churns out noodle connoisseurs like few others.
China Shanxi Food Festival in the UN kicked off on Monday with a series of culinary and cultural demonstrations, including noodle-making exhibitions and displays of decorative paper cutting. To promote the appeal of Shanxi province's food culture, Chinese food will be available at the UN from May 5-8.
Wang Hongbo, minister counselor of the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations, said food is something that "strikes a resonance" with people.
"Food is not just something that will keep us full, it is also an embodiment of culture and philosophy," Wang said on Monday. "It is also a model to build understanding."
"In China there is this very famous saying, 'to govern a big country is like cooking delicious food,'"she said. "We need to figure out what ingredients to put together, make sure we choose the right approach and we have to be very meticulous."
Wang was one of close to 200 guests who attended the event on Monday, including UN delegate members, US and Chinese government officials and other invited guests of the UN and the Shanxi provincial department of commerce.
Food culture in Shanxi province has origins that date back as far as 28,000 years, and the region has earned a reputation as both the "home of Chinese flour foods" and the "Kingdom of coarse grains," according to the event's organizers.
Sun Yuejin, director-general of the department, said that this exhibition is a good way to promote Shanxi cuisine and will help give the region a more international image.
Shanxi's commerce department sponsored a four-part exhibition at a number of venues in New York to show off the Shanxi region's dietetic culture.