May 18, 2015

#1673: Lishan Food Manufacturing Black Cock Brand Vegetarian Chicken Noodle

Some days are tougher than others. This is one of them. This has been the focus of my ire for the past hour or so. I have been trying to figure out what it’s called exactly, and hoping to find an ‘official’ website for it. No dice. I asked some people on facebook and got a little help, though. The brand is 力山食品工廠. From what I gather, you steep these, but with how much water I am unsure. It’s also got some other interesting things inside, aside from the swastika on the package and twin dragons. The swastika isn’t a reference to Nazi Germany, however to Buddhists who are vegetarian, as well as not allowed to eat ‘fetid’ vegetables like garlic or shallots. Anyways, let’s look inside this unique Taiwanese variant!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Says it is vegetarian. To prepare, add noodles and contents of sachets to a bowl. Cover with boiling water and cover with lid for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

The noodle pack. Very thin fried wheat noodles.

A sachet ofr soup base.

Has a slight scent.

A couple sachets with what looks like weed in them.

A kind of pickled cabbage perhaps or very seasoned cabbage.

Finished (click image to enlarge). The noodles are thin like rice vermicelli but from wheat. They are fascinating and pretty good. The broth has a chicken flavor and a little sweetness to it. The little ‘buds’ of vegetable were absorbed and you can see little flecks of it throughout. It’s like pickled cabbage bits. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4712275000055.

Lonely Planet Taiwan (Travel Guide) – Thinking of travelling to Taiwan or just want to find out about it’s culture and local sights? These Lonely Planet guides are pretty cool!

A video about Taiwanese Buddhists and related foods.

Products cooked according to package instructions. Product reviews done prior to adding any additional ingredients.

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