THE ONE BEHIND THE TREES (The Cave)

Address: Corner Xiaoyao 1 Lu & Dayao 1 Lu

Last order: approx. 10pm

Price:
大碗牛肉拉面 5元

The One on the Corner
The One Behind the Trees
The One on the Hill
The One in the Middle
The One at the End of Minjiang Lu
The One Opposite Rudis
The One Upstairs
The One on Xiaoyao 2 Lu
The One on Xuzhou Lu
The One Opposite LPG
The One on Sifang Lu
The One on Yunxiao Lu
The One Called Ma Jia
The One Called Ma Jia 2
The One on Dayao 3 Lu
The One in Taidong
The One on Tianjin Lu
The One at the Start of Jiangxi Lu
The One that is Disappointingly Convenient
The One with the Wooden Deck
The One Called Ma Jia Under the Wang Ba
The One with the Dang Gui
The One Outside
The One on Qufu Lu

Nestled within the small community on the corner of Xiaoyao 1 Lu and Dayao 1 Lu behind Ningxia Lu, the little girl welcomed us into the cavern under her calm father’s supervision. And the special la mian experience could hardly have started on a better note, with our very own personal teapot of beefy broth delivered to the table. Though a little on the oily side, the soup immediately prompted comparisons with The One on the Corner.

The cute and colourful la mian resting place is perfectly peaceful, with soothing Chinese music emanating from the la mian maker’s mobile phone. The noodles are prepared right before your eyes just inside the entrance, and with the rich soup and ample portions of beef, this provides one of the great la mian eating experiences in Qingdao. The noodles are cheap at 5yuan for a large bowl and large Muslim naan is also available.

With a sign for 啤酒 posted outside, when the tables come outside in the summer, this becomes the perfect paradox - a la mian beer garden for those hot months (if, as assumed, you won’t be able to drink beer inside).

If confused about the location, simply wander up to any of the locals loafing around the corner and say 'la mian'.

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