Cat Ear

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Cat Ear

Alternative names 猫耳朵
Pinyin Māo ěr duǒ
Type Sweet and sour taste
Course Snack
Place of origin Shanxi, China
Region or state Jinzhong and Jinbei
Other N/A


Cat Ear (猫耳朵) are traditional pasta in Shanxi Province, Jinzhong and Jinbei. Commonly known as "碾疙瘩 clump", "碾饦饦 clump".

Cat ear have a long history and are similar to the "(houto馎饦)" mentioned in the "Qimin Yaoshu" of the Northern Wei Dynasty. They are shaped like cat ears, small and exquisite, and have smooth muscles. They are a popular pasta dish that has been passed down for a long time.


In June 2008, Shanxi cat ear production skills were awarded a national intangible cultural heritage by the State Council, which has become the common wealth of Sanjin culture and a pearl of Chinese food culture.

During the Warring States Period, it was divided into three kingdoms, namely Han, Zhao, and Wei, so it was called the Three Jins.


According to legend, Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty went to the south of the Yangtze River and took a small boat to enjoy the West Lake. When the swim was in high spirits, it suddenly started to rain, and everyone hurriedly took shelter in the cabin of the small boat. Everyone waited and waited, but the rain was getting heavier and heavier, and it didn't stop for a long time. Several hours passed, and Emperor Qianlong was hungry and hungry, and couldn't help asking the old fisherman if he had food. The old fisherman told Qianlong that he had noodles but no rolling pin, so he could not make noodles. When he was worried, the little granddaughter of the old fisherman came with a small cat and said, "I don't have a rolling pin, I will twist it with my hands." So the little girl rolled the dough into pieces, which looked like the ears of a small cat, small and cute. . She boiled the odd-shaped noodles in a pot and then poured them in fish and shrimp marinade and served them to Qianlong. Qianlong saw the unusual appearance of the noodles, which was exquisite and unique. After eating, he felt even more memorable. He hurriedly asked the little girl what the noodles were called, and the girl replied that they were cat ears. Qianlong liked this dessert very much, and after returning to Beijing, he called a little girl to make "cat ears" for it. Since then, "cat ears" have become a famous snack.