Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Archive for the ‘Luosifen’ Category

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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The Feeding of the Ten Thousand

As promised, earlier this morning 10,000 people (or a lot of people anyway) gathered at Liuzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre for the grand Liuzhou luosifen (螺蛳粉) eat-in. Well, they gathered in front of the centre – the actual centre is a bleak, unfinished, deserted shell of a building. I disguised myself as a noodle […]

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Food Festivity

As part of the upcoming Water Carnival during the National Day holidays, Liuzhou is also holding what they are billing as an International Food Festival. This will run in the Liuzhou International Conference and Exhibition Centre in Liudong district from September 29th to October 5th. The opening ceremony on the 29th will feature 10,000 people simultaneously […]

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wén míng: civilisation, culture

文明 wén míng: civilisation, culture Can you spot what’s wrong with this picture? I came across this tragic sight at 5pm yesterday evening. Where are all the people? This time last week -any 5pm for the past twenty years and more, there were hundreds of people. And not only at 5 pm – all day and […]

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Lame Luosifen

It is a cliché almost too tedious to repeat, but like most clichés, it’s true. Chinese food outside China is nothing like Chinese food in China, especially it seems in the USA. So, I was not surprised to come across an article in the LA Times extolling Liuzhou’s signature dish, Luosifen (螺蛳粉), as served in […]

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Snails

Among the various things for which Liuzhou is famous (see coffins below) are its gastronomic delights. It seems that every city in China has its speciality which, as everyone knows, is the best in China. Some years ago, I lived in Hunan and the local “world famous” dish was an absolutely delicious duck stew, laden […]

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