National Geographic : 1938 Feb
0 Photograph by Julius Eigner LUNCH TIME IN A NOODLE SHOP-CHOW MEIN IN THE MAKING With the proper combination of flour, eggs, and salt, workers produce the long, narrow strips which are "mein"in Chinese. Later, when fried, they become "chow mein," and, if chicken is mixed in, "chicken chow mein" results. As popular in China as sandwiches in the West, thisfood may beprepared inalmost asmany forms. It is a symbol of longevity and often is presented as a gift to men on their 31st, 41st, or 51st birthdays. Although machinery has become aserious competitor, hand plants such as these, with their old equipment, survive (page 220).