Suan La Fen (酸辣粉): Sichuanese Noodles

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We usually don’t head out of the office for lunch as we have this mystery man’s mobile number that we call for noodles delivery (notwithstanding militant lunch hour rules from the higher-ups). We’ve been told the name of his shop is 5m².

We’ve been really disappointed lately as he’s turned off his mobile phone for a week now and pray that the little shop hasn’t closed down! We regret never asking him where exactly is the shop.

Orders come in different levels of spiciness, and I’d recommend going for the low/mid-level spice. I was never a fan of the spicy numbing sensation of Sichuan peppers, but the taste of this modest noodle dish that comes in a paper cup, is out of this world—all for just RMB5.

I’m still trying to figure out what exactly goes into the gravy. I think it’s mostly chilli oil, MSG, Sichuan pepper and vinegar.


  1. dewi
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 03:01:32


    Do you know the recipe of suan la fen?

    I really like it.. It is sour, salty, hot and spicy.
    Really taste.


  2. baobabs
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 07:32:42

    hi dewi, am afraid i don’t have a recipe and haven’t tried making it myself. Found a pretty easy to follow recipe online and seems like it has all the right ingredients for all the flavours you mentioned… and a healthier version, instead of lots of MSG for the unami taste, they use a natural stock base. good luck and tell me how it goes!


  3. סושי
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 12:58:43

    First off I would like to say awesome blog! This looks delish and I can’t wait to make a trip to Asia someday!


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