Tiger, my Chinese friend from Beijing, took me out for noodles when I got back to Beijing. These were "Beijing noodles" as Tiger put it. They were, supposedly, thicker and tastier than noodles in other parts if China. All of the little bowls contained one of the variety of vegetables that were to be added to the noodles in the big bowl. You cold, essentially, mix and match whatever you wanted in your noodles.