Alright so here’s one we found up in Canada at China Worlsd in Richmond, BC. That’s a really fascinating store with lots of products I’ve never seen before. But hey if you go there – bring cash if you’re coming from the US – and make sure it’s Canadian cash! Let’s get started.
Sichuan Baijia Burning Dry Noodles Chili Oil Flavor – China
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, barbecue pork, spring onion, and shichimi togarashi. Noodles are definitely different; almost have a sticky chew to them and a wide but not really thick gauge. The taste is very spicy and salty – works well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410331265.
I tried the pack version a little while back and really liked it. I’m curious about the bowl – I’m guessing it’ll be exactly the same, but in a bowl. Indeed, it’s got the bonus of portability. So what are Chongqing noodles? Here’s a little about Chongqing from wikipedia:
The municipality was created on 14 March 1997, succeeding the sub-provincial city administration that was part of Sichuan Province. Chongqing’s population as of 2015 is just over 30 million with an urban population of 18.38 million. Of these, approximately 8.5 million people live in Chongqing city proper; Fuling District, Wanzhou District and Qianjiang District are in fact cities in their own right, and along with the city proper constitute a metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, Chongqing is the most populous Chinese municipality, and also the largest direct-controlled municipality in China, and comprises 26 districts, 8 counties, and 4 autonomous counties.
Chongqing has a significant history and culture and serves as the economic centre of the upstream Yangtze basin. It is a major manufacturing centre and transportation hub; a July 2012 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit described it as one of China’s “13 emerging megacities“.
So now you know a lot more about Chongqing than you probably did five minutes ago. Indeed, that’s if you read that. So on to the noodles!
Sichuan Baijia Chongqing Noodles Burning Dry Noodles – China
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to the bowl and boiling water to fill line. Steep covered for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and tofu puff. The noodles as with the pack version are mushy and fun – like lasagna. The taste is like a spicy meat sauce in a way with Sichjuan pepper heat. I really like this stuff. My wife however thought it smelled bad – like rotted meat in a trash bag in the sun (her exact words)! I did get her to try it though, but she said it was way too spicy. I really like it though. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410331845.
Leave to my wife Kit to notice things I don’t. This is art of a series of three varieties that they got in at 99 Ranch Market in Edmonds, Washington that I’d not seen before – but she did! I asked her which of the three to review first and here’s what she picked. Burning! Here’s a little snippet from Wikipedia –
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add the noodles to a bowl and add 600ml boiling water. Cover for 5 minutes. Drain. Add sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The dry base.
Powder and herbs.
A liquid sachet.
A thick mixture.
A sauce sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, beef, chilli flake and spring onion. Wow – I mean wow! I wasn’t sure of what to expect here but This is really something else! The noodles are extremely plentiful and really soft and floppy. This is perfect and the seasonings and liquids combine with them very well. The flavor is like an almost beefy and tasty lasagna but with Sichuan pepper and other spices going on. The more you eat, the spicier it gets – heat, upon heat, upon heat! The pain! I really expected this to probably be really salty and have a strong vinegar taste but I was completely mistaken. I love this. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410331821.