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One of the best areas to find good, inexpensive dishes is along Er Dao Jie in the vicinity and north of Yasheng Hotel. In warm weather this is a popular stretch for evening strolls. Along nearby Da Qiao Jie, you'll also find outdoor stalls and small restaurants selling jiaozi (dumplings), meat kabobs for a paltry 4 mao, yangrou pao mo (mutton soup), and pasta, including daoxiao mian -- knife-pared noodles -- made by paring slices off a block of pasta dough into a large pot of boiling water. Supposedly, in earlier days, the chef placed a clump of dough atop his cotton skullcap and, with a knife in each hand, whittled away above his head -- pasta strips flying -- until all the dough was in the pot.

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