Thick Rice Noodles: Delicately Smooth
During significant festive occasions, residents of Gaoming district in Foshan prefer indulging in Lai Fun (Thick Rice Noodles), making it a substantial dish during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Crafting a bowl of delectable Lai Fun requires careful attention to many details," says Sister Ping. It is crucial to control the temperature, as excessively high temperature can result in overcooking the rice noodles.
Approximately 30 minutes into the process, the 'lai' (pouring) step is initiated. Sister Ping uses a 'lai dou' to transfer the rice batter into a boiling pot of hot water, passing through evenly distributed, appropriately sized small holes. Once cooked, Lai Fun is carefully scooped out, undergoing steps such as 'passing through cold river' and air-drying to achieve the desired smooth texture.
Sister Ping prepares Lai Fun and its accompanying ingredients for the pre-Chinese New Year feast.
A bowl of excellent Lai Funis incomplete without a flavorful soup base. The rich and aromatic bone broth, combined with Lai Fun, is simple yet profound, evoking a strong sense of hometown nostalgia with every mouthful.
The elongated Lai Fun symbolizes longevity, and its resilient texture signifies endurance, embodying the wish for a continuous and enduring abundance. During the Lunar New Year, a table in Gaoming is not complete without a bowl of fragrant Lai Fun, showcasing the culinary richness of the region.
Reporter | Serena
Revisor | Lynn
Photo | Foshan News and Media Center, Gaoming Release