China exports snail noodles to U.S.

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Rice noodles with snails, a signature dish sold at street stalls in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, are now being exported to the U.S., a company said.

`Luosifen’ is made from pickled bamboo, dried turnip, fresh vegetables and peanuts, and served in a spicy noodle broth flavoured with freshwater snails.

In Liuzhou city, luosifen is usually sold at roadside stands or in night markets.

Last Friday, about 50,000 packets of this type of noodles, worth about 600,000 yuan (about 87,000 dollars) were shipped to the U.S., said Jia Defa, manager of Liuzhou Luozhuangyuan Food Company Ltd.

The popular local cuisine has entered international market long time ago, but has never been officially exported due to standards compliance problems.

With improved technology and quality control, companies in Liuzhou are now able to produce noodles in accordance with international standards.

Luozhuangyuan was cleared by the inspection and quarantine agency to export last year, and the recent shipment was the first to be exported to the U.S. and Canada with customs clearance.

Listed as an intangible cultural heritage for Guangxi in 2008, the dish was featured in the hit foodie-travel show `A Bite of China’ in 2012.

According to Liuzhou government, there are more than 5,000 Luosifen noodle shops on Alibaba’s e-commerce platform Taobao, with 200,000 packets sold every day.

In 2016, sales of the noodles generated 1.5 billion yuan.##

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