A total of 185 new cultural practices and expressions, including the preparation of luosifen, have been inscribed on the latest list of national intangible cultural heritage released by the State Council.
The latest fifth list made the total number of national intangible cultural heritage practices reach 1,557, according to the State Council figures.
Liuzhou luosifen, a soup dish dubbed by some people as "durian of soup" for its strong smell, originated in Liuzhou, a city in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. It features rice vermicelli soaked in a spicy broth flavored by river snails and topped with ingredients including pickled bamboo shoots, string beans, peanuts and tofu skin.
Despite having the word "snail" in its Chinese name, actual snails don't commonly appear in the dish, but are used to flavor the broth.
Xinhua reports that the annual sales of river snail rice noodles in more than 20 countries and regions exceeded 10 billion yuan ($1.54 billion) in 2020, while providing over 250,000 jobs across the industrial chain.