VideoVideo (00:16): Fresh noodles are stretched by hand at the new Magic Noodle in St. Paul.

How much are those noodles in the window?

At Magic Noodle (1337 W. University Av., St. Paul, 651-369-6688, magicnoodleusa.com), you can watch the hand-pulled noodles being stretched from a window between the restaurant's kitchen and the dining room.

The new Chinese noodle shop on St. Paul’s University Avenue specializes in the traditional hand-pulling practice, by which fresh dough is stretched, twisted and folded into strands for use in soups and stir-frys. The result is a noodle that's springier and chewier than the dried variety found elsewhere.

Here, the noodles come in five signature bowls (Taiwanese tomato and beef brisket soup; Chongqing spicy noodle soup) and a handful of fried noodle entrees.