Firstly, thanks to Bobby Y. with help on this variety’s translation! So I found this one up in Canada at a big Asian supermarket a month or so ago. It was at the height of pre-mid-Autumn festival, and mooncakes were in full force. I mean, this place had the biggest display of mooncake I’ve ever seen – even had special display mooncakes that were at least 2 feet across and!
This is a Yinbin-influenced spicy noodle – here’s a little about Yibin from Wikipedia –
Yibin (simplified Chinese: 宜宾; traditional Chinese: 宜賓; Sichuanese Pinyin: nyi2bin1; Sichuanese pronunciation: [ɲi˨˩pin˥]; pinyin: Yíbīn; Wade–Giles: I-pin) is a prefecture-level city in the southeastern part of Sichuanprovince, People’s Republic of China, located at the junction of the Min and Yangtze Rivers.
Its population was 4,471,840 inhabitants according to the 2010 census of whom 836,340 lived in the built-up (or metro) area made of Cuiping District.
Human habitation of Yibin dates back at least 4,000 years. Yibin was established as a county in the Han dynasty (206 BC − AD 220). Under the Ming and Qing, the town and its hinterland was known as XuzhouCommandery (t 敘州府, s 叙州府, p Xùzhōufǔ), which was variously romanized as Suifu, Suifoo, and Suchow. Its population around 1907 was estimated at 50,000.
There are several hot springs near Yibin, plus many other tourist attractions. Such attractions include the Bamboo Sea in Changning County and the Xingwen Stone Forest. Cuiping mountain in the centre of the city provides wonderful views of Yibin. Yibin is also the confluence of the Min and Jinsha Rivers, which together form the Chang Jiang as the Yangtze River is known in Chinese from Yibin to Shanghai.
Anyways, this one looked interesting and I thought it could be good, so let’s check out this big tray style variety.
Chuanbei Sichuan Yibin Style Spicy Noodles – China
An import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge). Like many from the region, these are hard to unstick!
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Unsure if it has meat so check for yourself. To prepare, open lid partially and remove sachets. Add in boiling water to fill line and cover 3~5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
An included fork!
The large noodle pouch.
The sauce sachet.
Beans and other vegetables.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles are great – nice gauge and chew and not mushy. The flavor is a salty and spicy one augmented by beans and some other vegetable. Honestly, not much here – but it works rather well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6943767201065.