After a morning hike through Yunnan’s famous Stone Forest, we tucked into some more bridge-crossing noodles for lunch, at another of Kunming’s famous noodle shops, 桥香园过桥米线, Qiao Xiang Yuan Rice Noodle.
The restaurant has a number of choices that range in price, which correlate to the quantity and (presumably) quality of little plates of things to add to the soup. I ordered the priciest version (which I think was 78 or 88RMB), mostly out of curiosity but also because I was hoping for some Yunnan ham (my favorite part of the noodles I had at Jian Xin Yuan), and Myra ordered a smaller set below (around 38RMB), both of which came with the steamed chicken soup in those small clay bowls.These plates were part of my set, some quail eggs, pickled things, shaved mushrooms, sliced Arctic surf clams, chrysanthemum petals, and other small batches of stuff to be tossed into a big porcelain bowl. Just as I liked the fried pork fat from Jian Xin Yuan, I liked these crispy little pieces that came with all the fixings. I thought it was pork, but Myra said it seemed like fried chickpea flour. Whatever it was, it tasted delicious, especially after soaking up a bit of the broth.This bowl was so gorgeously decorated – the characters like a scroll that unravels as you eat your way through the noodles.桥香园过桥米线（文化街店）