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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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Micro-Snails

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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Friday Food 99 – Fu Zhu

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, fu zhu (dried beancurd skin) Fu zhu (腐竹, literally ‘bean curd bamboo’) is made by boiling soy bean milk then letting a skin form on top. This is drained off and left to […]

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Luoziwei Luosifen

“Heaven! I’m in heaven!” Well, reasonably satisfied. This afternoon, I discovered that the empty unit next to Mom’s Pizza, which is only the length of a noodle away from my home, is to open shortly as 螺滋味 螺蛳粉 – Luoziwei Luosifen. They were literally hanging up the sign as I walked past. Although there are […]

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