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Yee Mee, formerly known as ‘Yee Fu Mee’, is one of the five most famous noodles in China. Yee Mee is egg noodle that has been deep fried so that it can be stored longer, which differentiates it from other egg noodles.

According to a legend, during the Qing Dynasty, a former officer of the Guangdong Huizhou prefect and Yangzhou prefect, (who was also a) calligrapher Yi Ben Sou was hosting a home banquet . The chef was in a hurry and mistakenly dropped the cooked egg noodles into a wok of hot oil. He had no other choice but to serve the fried egg noodles with soup. Surprisingly, the guests enjoyed the fried egg noodles very much and since then, these accidental fried egg noodles have been handed down from generation to generation. This fried egg noodle has also inevitably become a very famous dish. A famous poet and calligrapher, Song Xiang, thought that it was very delicious but upon knowing that it had not gotten a name yet, he expressed: "This food is so delicious, but it is a shame to be without a name. Why not call it ‘Yee Fu Mee’?” Since then, ‘Yee Fu Mee’ has been introduced to many parts
of the world and today, it is better
known as ‘Yee Mee’.

Yee Mee is known for its golden yellow
color and chewy characteristics. It is
slightly chewy and slightly spongy
in texture. The taste of the noodle
is smooth and delicious. There are
similarities between Yee Mee and
instant noodle, thus Yee Mee has
been hailed as the original instant
noodle. Even some considered Yee
Mee as the blueprint of the Japanese
produced instant noodle. Therefore, the
improved version of Yee Mee is the world
famous instant noodle now.

Yee Mee is rated as a top graded noodle. People also consider Yee Mee as a symbol of longevity, thus many people give Yee Mee to the elders in the family as birthday presents.