Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Luosifen at Large

luosifenAccording to the state news agency Xinhua, Liuzhou’s favourite noodle dish is hitting the taste buds of the world.

The instant noodle makers have worked out how to make an instant version of  螺蛳粉, or snail noodles and, with government help, are starting to export them. The original non-instant version consists of rice noodles with pickled bamboo shoots, dried turnip, fresh vegetables and peanuts, served over spicy noodle broth flavoured with river-snails.

On Thursday, Guangxi Luobawang Food Co. Ltd. became the first company authorized to export large quantities of the speciality.

The noodles became popular throughout China following their appearance in the first episode of the 2012 hit television series ‘A Bite of China’. In 2014, there was one company making an instant version. There are now over 60 and the market is believed to have been worth some 500 million yuan (74 million U.S. dollars) last year, with daily sales averaging more than 100,000 packets.

In my opinion, the instant variety are but a pale shadow of the real thing made in dozens of small restaurants across the city. I’d tell you my favourite, but it’s busy enough already!

. This entry was posted on Saturday, October 29th, 2016 at 1:38 pm and is filed under Food and Drink, Liuzhou News, Luosifen. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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