So yesterday we went to the new Asian Food Center on 130th and Aurora southwest of here. Was hoping to find a lot of new varieties I hadn’t tried yet and found a couple – and this is one of them. I haven’t had much luck at all with Baijia products in the past – I think it’s just a taste that doesn’t translate well for me. However, I never met an instant noodle I hadn’t tried before that I didn’t want to. So with that, let’s have a look at this Sichuan Baijia variety.
The import/distributor’s sticker (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself.
Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). To prepare, add thread and all sachet contents to a bowl. Add 500ml boiling water and cover for 5-6 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
So it’s not a wheat noodle, rice vermicelli or bean thread. This is a sweet potato thread.
A dry base sachet.
Not sure if this was originally powder or if it is a pickled vegetable and powder mix.
A paste sachet.
Has an acrid scent.
The solid ingredients sachet.
Looks like spring onion and peas.
Finished (click image to enlarge). Added mung bean sprouts, beef and white onion. The thread hydrated very nicely. I recommend using kitchen scissors to cut them to reasonable lengths once cooked. They are lightly chewy and have a likable gauge. The broth was very interesting. A strong heat and a kind of acidic taste – black vinegar I think. A lot of other flavors linger around in it as well. The beans or peas hydrated very well in this one and were a welcome addition. I liked this one far more than any Baijia variety I’ve tried in the past – maybe it’s time to try more of them. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6932760690112.
A hand pulled noodle show in a Beijing restaurant!