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Snail noodles go viral in China during the pandemic. But the dish is a bit ... funky

Added 01-16-22 08:07:01am EST - “The southern specialty ?" snail broth, pickled bamboo, slippery rice noodles ?" has taken off. "A lot of people were looking for crazy, ridiculous things to eat," says food blogger Mei Shanshan.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Snail noodles go viral in China during the pandemic. But the dish is a bit ... funky”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Above: locals in Liuzhou feast on their regional specialty of snail noodles. The novelty of the dish has made it a viral sensation in China during the pandemic. Li Hanchi/Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images hide caption

LIUZHOU, China – It's fermented. It's stinky. It's delicious. And during the pandemic, it's become a national sensation.

"A lot of people were looking for crazy, smelly, ridiculous things to eat." says Mei Shanshan, a Beijing-based food blogger.

Slippery rice noodles are first bathed in a slow-simmering broth of laboriously peeled river snails. Then they're topped with odorous bamboo shoots that have been covered in salt and left to ferment for a few weeks, tofu and salty lemon vinegar.

Much of the preparation relies on fermentation, common in cuisine from southern Guangxi province where the noodles first began. Their malodorous reputation also makes snail noodles quite possibly one of the worst meals to make at home: The smell of the pickled toppings and the stewed snails can linger for hours.

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