Jeffrey Zhifeng Yang’s restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles should not exist for two reasons.
One, the Chinese national wasn’t familiar with the language or culture when he first immigrated to the States in 1995.
And two, the knife-cut Shanxi noodles, the food on which he built his business upon, was a historical anomaly, an oddity created from the desperate times under Mongol rule.
But the fact that he opened Noodle Deli 10 years after his American arrival, and business is thriving is a testament to the miraculous nature of hard work and innovation.
It didn’t come without sacrifices, but here’s proof that good things come from patience and passion.
‘Noodle Deli’ was awarded the Best Student Short at the Cinequest Film Festival. It was also screened at film festivals all across America.