A bowl of river snail rice noodles, known as luosifen, from the Eight-Eight Noodles restaurant in Beijing, China. Photo: Simon Song
A bowl of river snail rice noodles, known as luosifen, from the Eight-Eight Noodles restaurant in Beijing, China. Photo: Simon Song

The noodles that became a Chinese national dish during coronavirus lockdown – with a smell that takes getting used to

  • Luosifen, or river snail rice noodles, was already the bestselling food item on Taobao last year, but lockdowns have seen its popularity soar further
  • Famous for its pungent smell and taste, the dish originated as a cheap street snack in the city of Liuzhou in the 1970s

Topic |   Food and Drinks
A bowl of river snail rice noodles, known as luosifen, from the Eight-Eight Noodles restaurant in Beijing, China. Photo: Simon Song
A bowl of river snail rice noodles, known as luosifen, from the Eight-Eight Noodles restaurant in Beijing, China. Photo: Simon Song
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