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Noodling: The Art of Chinese Hand-Pulled Noodles with Chef Gene Wu Monday, January 28, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

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Date: January 16, 2013
Contact: Maggie Holtzberg, 978-275-1719
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Lowell, Massachusetts. - The specialty at Gene Wu's Chinese Flatbread Café is hand-pulled noodles. Known as "biang, biang mian" these broad noodles are made from dough that is cut, rolled out, and stretched. The process is a dramatic thing to see, as the stretched dough is flung in the air and then slapped down on the counter, before being thrown into boiling water.

Wu grew up in the Xi'an, the capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, a region noted for its noodle soups and flatbread, over the more customary rice. Wu began as a dishwasher in a restaurant in China - when he was just tall enough to reach the sink. He now owns his own restaurant in Chelmsford, MA, where the menu items are derived from Wu's grandfather's recipes.

Come join us as Gene Wu shares his knowledge and skill in making and serving hand-pulling noodles. He will talk about noodle traditions in northwest China and demonstrate how to hand-pull noodles. Wu will then attempt to teach someone from the audience how to do it.

The free program will take place at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum Events Center of Lowell National Historical Park, 115 John Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, at 7:30pm on Monday, January 28, 2013.

Thisfree program is part of the Lowell Folklife Series and is sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park. Additional support comes from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000.

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Factory Bell, Lowell, MA

The factory bells dominated daily life in Lowell. They woke the workers at 4:30 a.m., called them into the mill at 4:50, rang them out for breakfast and back in, out and in for dinner, out again at 7 p.m. at the day's close. The whole city, it seemed, moved together and did the mills' bidding.