Liuzhou Laowai

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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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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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Luosifen at Large

According 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 […]

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Luosifen Legislation

Over the last year, there has been a huge rise in the number of companies offering instant luosifen (螺蛳粉 luó sī fěn), Liuzhou’s iconic snail noodle dish. Personally, I don’t think they are a patch on the real thing, but they are proving popular with people who are away from Liuzhou and missing their fix. […]

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Are you feeling at all short-changed with your portion of Liuzhou’s signature dish, 螺蛳粉 Luosifen? Missing some depth of flavour? It could be that the purveyor, instead of using regular river snails to make the soup base, is using these recently discovered snails. The shell measures a mere 0.86 millimetres, making it the world’s smallest land snail. (There […]

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Luosifen Lunacy

It seems that this weekend has been designated to be Luosifen promotion weekend. Promotional activities were held on the walkway over 广场路 Guangchang Lu outside the Bubugao building and in front of the nearby Lianhua Century Mart. Maybe other parts of the city, too. I don’t get everywhere. Strangely, the Bubugao Hypermarket in the basement […]

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Screwed Noodle Translation

Liuzhou’s Municipal Commission of Commerce has proudly announced that, after copious head-scratching, they and the other four other committees who had to get their oar in have finally come up for the definitive name for the city’s iconic noodle dish 螺蛳粉, known to everyone in Liuzhou by its Chinese name, Luosifen. No, it is not […]

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Liuzhou Luosifen Losers

Now I only went down this route to see how terrible it could be. I wasn’t disappointed. It was revolting. Luosifen (螺螄粉) as anyone who has spent any time in Liuzhou knows is the local noodle dish of choice. It is well-known throughout China and abroad. It even has its own Facebook page. Made using […]

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Luosifen Recipe

Several times over the years, I’ve been asked for a recipe for Liuzhou’s most famous dish – luosifen (螺蛳粉). It seems people want to try making this at home, far from Liuzhou. There are two problems with this a) No one cooks luosifen at home. No one. Not anyone. It is strictly an eating-out dish. […]

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Liuzhou Laowai in Berlin with Ai Weiwei

I pop up in the most unexpected places, constantly surprising myself. Back in 2008, this picture, which I took in Shatang village just to the north of the city, was used (with permission) on the publicity material for the PhD Symposium of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. Now, the notorious picture of a fake coffee […]

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