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Dancing Noodle Chef to Teach Signature Technique at RRC

Chef Xiaofei Zuo has been dazzling people with his mesmerizing noodle pulling technique, and it’s about to be your turn BY Noah Cote and Ally Sigurdson     The bubbling blurps of a gallon pot steams stovetop inside the kitchen of Pembina Highway’s Dancing Noodle restaurant, where just across the room Xiaofei Zuo rakes his stainless-steel scraper over the surface of his noodle-pulling station the same way he does every morning for hours before the restaurant opens.   Zuo’s noodles must be fresh to serve.   “Each customer gets their own noodle,” says Zuo. “It takes longer, but it tastes better this way.”   He sprinkles his surface with a baking flour to make sure nothing sticks. He pulls an arm-sized lump of raw dough from its bag and thwomps it down to create an even chunk. A smile flashes across his face as he kneads and plays with it, stretching and spinning it over and over. In just 10 days he’ll teach his noodle-knowledge to attendees at Red River College’s Culinary Workshop, aptly titled, “Noodle Pulling Workshop 1: Dough.”   “I’m very excited,” says Zuo. “People are very interested in my dough. Now  people can learn for real.”   Originally from China, Zuo moved to Winnipeg in 2011 and went on to graduate from Red River College’s Baking and Patisserie program. In 2015, he opened Dancing Noodle and...

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Behind the Wise Guys, RRC’s Viral Tutors

RED RIVER COLLEGE YOUTUBE CHANNEL REACHES A GLOBAL AUDIENCE BY SYDNEY SMALL   5 million views, 210 countries, 366 videos and 25,460 subscribers: a Red River College YouTube channel has gone global. They’re known as the Wise Guys.   “There’s been massive growth recently,” said Lauren Phillips, manager of the Academic Success Centre, as she looked at the channel’s analytics. “It really has a global reach.” The Wise Guys Tutors YouTube channel, now titled Red River College – Tutoring, was funded by an innovation grant at the Notre Dame Campus in 2008. It began with a partnership between the...

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A local MasterChef

Winnipeg resident competes on fifth season of MasterChef Canada BY Kaelen Bell The kitchen was in chaos, but Jonathan Rahim sat transfixed as his mother rushed about preparing roti for his incoming family.   “I was in trouble one day, and she pulled me into the kitchen and I was sitting at the table just watching her. There was so much happening,” says Rahim, who recently wrapped up filming season five of MasterChef Canada in Toronto. “I started cooking ‘cause I saw my mom do it.”   Rahim, who moved to Winnipeg from Trinidad when he was a toddler,...

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