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#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

These came by way of Snackoo – a company that supplies you with great snack boxes, containing all sorts of fascinating things as well as ramen noodles. Why not check them out?

This is much like liangpi – aka Shanxi cold noodle. Here’s a little about Shanxi cold noodle from Wikipedia –

Liangpi (simplified Chinese凉皮traditional Chinese涼皮pinyinliángpí; literally: “cold skin”) is a noodle-like Chinese dish made from wheat or rice flour. It is a specialty dish originating from the cuisine of Shaanxi Province,[1] but has now spread to many other places in China, in particular the northern and central regions. In northwestern areas of China, it is often called liangpi zi (凉皮子). Although liangpi is served cold, they are served in every season, including winter.

New York Times’ Julia Moskin describes liangpi as served at Xi’an Famous Foods as “a dish of cold noodles in a sauce that hits every possible flavor category (sweet, tangy, savory, herbal, nutty and dozens of others)

Alright – let’s give it a go!

Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor – China

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare,  Boil the liangpi noodles for 5-10 minutes until al dente. Boil gluten for around the same amount of time. Rinse liangpi noodles and gluten, remove- it’s meant to be eaten dry.
Combine the gluten and liangpi noodles. Finally, stir in the sauce and enjoy!

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

The noodle pouch.

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

A garlic water sachet I believe.

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

A spicy sauce.

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

Gluten.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander and Salad Cosmo organic mung bean sprouts. I’m now hooked. The noodles are light on the chew yet hearty and there’s a lot of them as well. The gluten is really nice – like a chewy thing that’s not meat but not tofu but good. It came out as one chunk of it – I think I was supposed to break it up… Nonetheless, very welcome. There were also little round discs that reminded me of sliced tteokbokki from Korean cuisine but they were very chewy. The flavor was a nice bright and crisp one – spicy and I think a black vinegar thing going on. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6933349214224.

#2708: Qinsheng Dumpling Pastry Hot & Sour Flavor - snackoo

Qinsheng Cold Noodles (Pack of 2)

A street food ytour in China’s Sichuan province

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Found this one at Asian Food Center on 130th and Aurora. So it’s a really neat store and they have a lot of interesting stuff there. My wife Kit sees this one and we are instantly in love with the artwork. Looks interesting! So this is a cold noodle variety. Very interesting looking… So what’s Shaanxi? Let’s ask wikipedia about Shaanxi cuising:

Shaanxi cuisine (simplified Chinese: 陕西菜; traditional Chinese: 陝西菜; pinyin: Shǎnxī cài), or Qin cuisine (秦菜; Qín cài), is derived from the native cooking styles of Shaanxi province and parts of northwestern China. Shaanxi cuisine makes elaborate use of ordinary materials, and is best known for its pork and lamb / mutton dishes.

The flavour is strong and the taste is heavy. There is an emphasis on savoury flavours such as salt, garlic, onion, and vinegar; sugar is seldom used. The main cooking methods are steaming, frying, and stir-frying. Due to its geographical location between the provinces of Shanxi and Sichuan, the taste of Shaanxi cuisine include both sour and spicy, in addition to the salty taste. In comparison to other Chinese cuisines, noodles are more widely used than rice, but in contrast to the noodles of Beijing cuisine, and to a certain degree, Shanxi cuisine, the noodles of Shaanxi cuisine are nearly always wider, thicker, and longer.

The taste of “Shaanxi cuisine” can be quite spicy. However, this can be diluted by adding a little soy sauce to the cuisine. Furthermore, different types of meat can be included in “Shaanxi cuisine” such as duck, lamb, chicken, or beef. Additionally, there are vegetarian options in which no meat is included, but rather more spices resulting in hotter dishes.

The cuisine includes three regional styles:

Northern Shaanxi style is characterised by the wide use of steaming as the method of cooking. The most common meat is pork, although lamb and mutton are also popular.

Guanzhong style, which uses pork and lamb / mutton equally with heavy flavours and tastes.

Hanzhong style, similar to Sichuan cuisine, is characterised by its spicy taste.

So after reading this, I’m wondering if this is Hanzhong style as this one is spicy. However, many instant noodle variants from China are spicy anyways so it is hard to tell. Let’s give this one a look!

Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy – China

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Detail of the underside of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat. To prepare, add noodles to boiling water and let steep for 5-8 minutes (I’m going to do 8 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add in sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Under the cardboard outer packaging is this tray.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A card inside looks like it’s mentioning some kind of charity (click to enlarge).

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

An included fork.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

The fresh noodles pouch.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A liquid base sachet.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A dark liquid with a spicy scent.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

A liquid sachet.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Unsure what this is; has an odd scent.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Another liquid sachet.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

I think this may be the same liquid as the last sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added coriander, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts and sliced garlic. The noodles came out pretty well. They are wide and have an interesting chew. The problem with this one was the flavor. I really would like to try this in a restaurant as I wasn’t altogether enamored with the funky taste. Did see something about garlic water and it just didn’t work here. I don’t know. This one piques my curiosity  and I’m looking forward to trying more varieties from this brand. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6928988002691.

#2398: Liang Cheng Mei Shaanxi Cold Noodle: Mustard Spicy - China - The Ramen Rater - instant noodle

Old Land, New Tales: Twenty Short Stories by Writers of the Shanxi Region in China

A video about Shanxi Province, China.