Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

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Instant (Non)-Gratification

I’ve resisted. Not that there was much temptation. I have thought the whole idea ridiculous from the beginning. But some weeks ago, I was given a large box, of them and they have been sitting in the corner annoying me. Bags of “instant” luosifen (螺蛳粉). Please don’t misunderstand. I like luosifen. A lot. When it’s […]

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Random Photograph 96 – Yufeng Beer

Random Picture No. 96 is one in a series of pictures, taken in Liuzhou, which amuse, baffle or otherwise interest me. A recent comment on this post made me remember this. The brief discussion was about foul-tasting alcoholic beverages in China and elsewhere. Twenty years ago, there was a brewery here in Liuzhou which made […]

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World Baijiu Day

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Chairman Mao Dead

Don’t worry. I haven’t slipped into some flaw in the space-time theory. I was walking with a friend yesterday evening along the city centre pedestrian street and we were discussing China’s many different regional cuisines. I mentioned that my favourite is Hunan food. I also said that there was a good Hunan restaurant just nearby. […]

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The Price is Right?

I’ve muttered about this before, but it’s getting worse.  Here I give you but two examples from a local supermarket. It could have been from any Liuzhou supermarket. Exhibit A 270 g of Granulated Chicken Bouillon at ¥21.30. Seems reasonable. ¥0.08 per gram. Exhibit B Right next to the above, on the same shelf, […]

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Melted Butter

For several decades, this shop has been situated just off Longcheng Road (龙城路), in the city centre. I have certainly been shopping there for over twenty years. Known to most laowai as “the butter shop”, back then it was the only shop in Liuzhou to sell anything vaguely western: cheese, butter, olives, canned tuna, anchovies, […]

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Clinton Beer

Guilin based brewery, Liquan, producers of the most available beer in Guangxi have issued a premium beer to mark 20 years since then President Bill Clinton made a very brief visit to the city. Spent around 5 minutes in Yangshuo. Oddly, on the rear label, is this supposed quote from Clinton (in his hand-writing?) which […]

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Narcotic Noodles

A Liuzhou noodle shop owner has been jailed for six months and fined ¥10,000 after being caught adding opium poppy seeds to his Luosifen 螺蛳粉 and Guilin rice noodles 桂林米粉. In December 2016, he heard that adding the seeds would make for more repeat custom, so in July 2017 he bought a two kilogram sack […]

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Phở-less in Liuzhou

It has always surprised me in one way and not at all in another that there are so few Vietnamese restaurants here in town. After all, we are very near.  But what surprises me even more is that the three such places I know all do the same one dish and ignore the wide cuisine […]

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LuoSiFen Museum Humbug

This saddens me beyond words. Xinhua, China’s official news agency has announced the opening of a Luosifen (螺蛳粉) Museum last weekend. In the last couple of years around thirty “museums” chronicling everything from a Deer Museum to a Tooth Paste Museum have popped up. These inevitably turn out to merely promotional outlets for some Liuzhou […]

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