Have Authentic Wuhan Food Delivered to Your Door from Cai Mingwei

By Matthew Bossons, August 20, 2018

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What's on Waimai is a monthly column where we single out delicious delivery food choices for your dining convenience.

One of Wuhan’s most celebrated culinary creations, reganmian, or ‘hot-dry noodles’ in English, is a soupless noodle dish that typically features soy sauce, sesame paste, pickled veggies, chives and chili oil. Among our favorite of the Middle Kingdom’s myriad noodle offerings, good reganmian is admittedly difficult to find in South China.

Enter Cai Mingwei: a chain of no-frills Wuhan noodle shops that dish out authentic, lip-smackin’-good bowls of reganmian

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Six different types of reganmian grace the menu, with variations ranging from the standard (vegetarian, RMB13) to the meaty (ground beef, RMB22) to the Cantonese-inspired (ca siu pork, RMB19). Also on offer: flavor-packed kimchi and pork guotie (RMB13), which are pan-fried to give the outer skin a light crispiness.

Among Cai Mingwei’s unique culinary delights is the humijiu (RMB9), a sweet, soupy porridge with tangyuan (sticky rice balls) and a subtle, boozy aftertaste (rice wine is an ingredient in the dish). 

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We have to applaud the fine, noodle-loving folks at Cai Mingwei for their excellent delivery setup: noodles come in a cardboard bowl, while the sauces and other condiments come in separate containers. This allows you to add the soy sauce and sesame paste to the noodles upon arrival and prevents the noodles and sauce from clumping together while being transported from the shop.  

Price: RMB20
Good for: tasty noodles, booze-infused food
Search for: Cai Mingwei 蔡明纬 
Available on: Meituan, Eleme

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[Cover image by Matt Bossons/That's]

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