Category Archives: Liuquan

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Snail Rice Noodle

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

First off, special thanks to a reader from Malaysia who helped with translation. This one just says ‘spicy rice noodle’ on the distributor label, but it seems to be a non-spicy variety and it mentions snail. I don’t know if it actually is but hey you never know.But I’m pretty sure this is the regular version and not the spicy I reviewed previously by the same company. Actually after getting some comment from a couple friends in Canada and Taiwan, indeed it is snail! Here’s a little from Wikipedia about this variety –

Luosifen (Chinese: 螺蛳粉; Pinyin: luósīfěn; lit. Snail rice noodle) is a Chinese noodle dish and a speciality of the city of Liuzhou, in Guangxi, southern China.[1]

The dish consists of rice noodles boiled and served in a soup made from a stock made from river snails and pork bones which are stewed for hours with black cardamom, fennel seed, dried tangerine peel, cassia bark, cloves, white pepper, bay leaf, licorice root, sand ginger, and star anise. The soup does not usually contain any snail meat but pickled vegetables, fu zhu, fresh green vegetables, peanuts and chili are usually added.[2] Diners can also add extra chili, coriander leaf (cilantro), garlic etc. to suit their own taste.

The dish is served in both small “hole in the wall” type restaurants and in luxury hotel restaurants in Liuzhou city (the latter may include snails in the dish). In recent years, many luosifen restaurants have been established in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong etc. as well as overseas.[3] Instant versions are also available on the web at merchandising sites such as Taobao.[4]

Well, you learn something new every day! Let’s check out this snail variety from China!

Liu Quan Authentic Snail Rice Noodle – China

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, we have a dilemma. Specifically, there are no cooking instructions. So, we proceed this way: add everything except peanut sachet. Then fill to line with boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. As it turns out though THERE IS NO LINE! It’s kind of like they say ‘here’s a buckets of stuff – figure it out, fool! Finally, garnish with peanuts.

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

An included fork!

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

The noodles in their own pack.

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

A liquid base sachet.

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

A thick paste.

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

A pouch of pickled something.

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

Mustard stem, perhaps?

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

What have we here?

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

Tofu skin.

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

The final garnish.

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

Peanuts!

Finished (click to enlarge). Added squid, spring onion,  and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts . The rice noodles hydrated quite well in 5 minutes and have a pretty thick gauge and round shape. There’s quite a lot of noodle as well. As far as the broth, oily and with stronjg flavors. I’m not sure about river snail flavors, but it was definitely interesting. The included peanut was so-so and the tofu skin decent. The mustard stems were pretty good. A fascinating bowl of noodles. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926392500239.

#2619: Liu Quan Authentic Rice Noodle - 正宗柳州壮品螺蛳粉桶装 - China - The Ramen Rater

GUANGXI LIUZHOU SPECIALTY LIUQUAN RICE NOODLE 268G

I’m confused a little by this. At the same time, I want to know what the fook is.

#2372: Liu Quan Instant Spicy Rice Noodle

Today we have a variety I found locally. Specifically,I got them at Asian Food Center on 130th & Aurora in Seattle. In any event, this store is actually kind of new and pretty awesome. What’s more, we got to see a shoplifter try to escape a security guard and slink out of her coat and backpack to make a getaway! Exciting, yes – but stupid. I don’t understand why people go and do this. Understandably, many people are poor, but this kind of action will result in more problems. In fact, stealing drives up prices for everyone. Hence, let’s crack open this Liu Quan bowl and see it’s innards!

#2372: Liu Quan Instant Spicy Rice Noodle – China

An import sticker (click to enlarge).

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, we have a dilemma. Specifically, there are no cooking instructions. So, we proceed this way: add everything except peanut sachet. Then fill to line with boiling water and cover for 5 minutes. As it turns out though THERE IS NO LINE! It’s kind of like they say ‘here’s a buckets of stuff – figure it out, fool! Finally, garnish with peanuts.

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The rice noodles.

A liquid base sachet.

Bamboo shoots?

Tofu skin?

A garnish sachet.

Boiled peanut.

Finished (click to enlarge). No instructions for preparation – not even a fill line on this big bowl! So I winged it and added boiling water to a reasonably standard level and held off on the peanuts but added everything else. I kept checking on it with a stir here and there, and 7 minutes was the cherry spot for the noodles. So the noodles are plentiful and have a nice light tension to them – perfect kind of rice noodles for me. The broth was an oil slick and has a spicy yet almost vinegary kind of taste to it. The included bamboo shoots were good – crisp and not mushy. The tofu skin came out really well and was awesome, and the peanuts gave a nice little crunch at the end. Interesting and tasty. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926392500031.

GUANGXI LIUZHOU SPECIALTY LIUQUAN RICE NOODLE 268G

I’m confused a little by this. At the same time, I want to know what the fook is.