Found this one up in Canada at Foodyworld and it looks really neat! The kids are really interested in this one but I’m sure it’s definitely off the charts spicy for them. I’m always curious when I see a cartoon or comic character on a product. Definitely looks interesting, that’s for sure! Let’s crack it open!
Sichuan Baijia Big Boss Hot & Sour Sweet Potato Vermicelli – China
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to fill line. cover for 6~7 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). No garnish. The vermicelli hydrated well. Made a few crosscuts with a pair of kitchen scissors. The flavor was strong on the Sichuan pepper side and super strong otherwise. Super oily too. Lots of included garnish was neat but it had a very odd flavor – to me at least. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410338165.
I’ve tried Sichuan Guangyou noodles once before. Today, it’s a spicy and hot variety with a lot of 9’s. Found this one at Asian Food Center on Aurora in Seattle, WA a few months ago. It’s one of a whole slew of Chongqing noodle varieties that kind of leaped into the Chinese export market and headed to the west. Here’s some info about Chongqing from Wikipedia –
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in all sachet to bowl and add boiling water to fill line and cover. It doesn’t say how long to cover, but I’m going to figure 5~6 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion and fried onion. The noodles are a little broad and floppy. They have a soft chew and really are quite wonderful in the way that they almost bring some extra broth to your mouth. The broth is oily and spicy – definitely Sichuan pepper going on here. A colorful sea of heat with little sesame seeds floating throughout. Impressed! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6914790160179.
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.
Here’s an interesting one I was sent by Colin recently – thanks again! A new brand to me – I mean wow – look at all those 9’s! This sounds interesting… Here’s a little something about Sichuan from Wikipedia –
This is the third of this line of new products from Sichuan Baijia that I’ve tried recently and what’s neat is that there are bowls too so I’m going to have to try those soon too. The others have definitely been spicy hot but this one says spicy hot. I think this may be a contender! Yesterday’s review of the cheese buldak bokkummyun fire noodle challenge noodle was super hot! Let’s give this a looksie and see how hot it is!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add package contents to a bowl and add 600ml boiling water. Cover for 2 minutes. Stir. Cover for 3 more minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The dry sachet.
Vegetables and MSG.
This looks spicy…
Smells spicy too!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sweet onion, beef and coriander. The noodles are thin and flat with a medium width. They really work well here. The broth is a very spicy beef with a Sichuan pepper hit amongst others. There are sesame seeds throughout and the bits of vegetables in there were great. 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410330879.
I tried the Burning Dry Noodle variety of this line a few days ago and was quite pleased with it. That one was a brothless variant while this one will have soup. It sounds interesting – a spicy and sour taste to behold… Well, I suppose I’d better give it a try!
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add contents of package to a bowl and add 600ml boiling water. Let steep covered for 2 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dfry base sachet.
A very light component and a kind of chunky one intermingle.
A liquid base sachet.
A spicy scented liquid.
A vegetables sachet.
A very nice quantity.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and coriander. The noodles are flat and wide and very plentiful. The broth? Wow – full of Sichuan pepper – thick and oily too! The bits of vegetable did very well. Not for the faint of heart – this one packs a serious spicy punch. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6926410330992.