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Xieng Khuang noodle becomes more famous in the capital

Many people enjoy eating noodles or Fur for breakfast or lunch as it is part of their culture and a favourite meal for people, but producing white noodles is not easy.
Na-ou village of Khoun district in Xieng Khuang province is one of the most popular places in the country for producing white noodles, and was announced a “One District One Product” (ODOP) in 2016.
The village is on the banks of the road in Xieng Khuang province, about 30km from the district capital, so many road users stop their vehicles to buy noodles at the stalls before returning to Vientiane.

Members of the Siphone noodle shop take out dried pieces of noodle before sending it to be cut into smaller pieces.

The noodle is also a popular souvenir for visitors to give to family and friends who love the dish.
A noodle producer and finance worker of the Na-ou village Ms Chansy Thongmany recently said “We have produced noodle or Fur from our parents from generation to generation for a long time, and our village was announced to become ODOP last year.”
The village had around 50 families, 40 of which are noodle producers, and their main income was noodle sales, she said. She could sell over 30kgs of noodles each day, with one kilogram worth 13,000kip wholesale and 15,000kip at retail value, she said.
“Everyday I use 25kg of rice to produce 35kg of noodles, and one kg of rice only costs 7,000kip. I mostly receive orders from customers in towns in the province, while I have to send 30 to 50 kg per week to two customers in Vientiane,” she said.
“I am not a big producer in the village, but still many families are and they also send their noodles to Vientiane.”
Employee and relative of Siphone noodle producer Ms Chansy Lalorsy said “One day we can sell between 200 and 300kg to our customers, who are mostly from Vientiane and road users returning to Vientiane.”
There were two kinds of noodles, one produced wet to be eaten within three days, and one dry noodle that keeps longer. The wet noodle could be frozen to keep longer, she explained.
“We are one of the biggest producers here in our village. We have to make noodles from rice and we make it into a powder before streaming it into thin pieces and then drying it for a short time. After that we cut it into small lines of noodles with our small machine.”
“Our noodle is soft and we make it differently from other places, while most of the producers in our village will have the same style for making noodles. Now, many noodle shops in Vientiane order noodles from our village to sell and many Vientiane residents who come to our province will also buy many kilograms from us,” a member of the Siphone shop said.
“When there are festivals, we do not have enough noodles to sell to people who pass by on the road because we have to send our noodles to customers. Sometimes, road passers have to wait for produce at our shops.”
A Pholsavanh villager of the Paek district Mr Souphit Sihakhome said when he went to work in Vientiane, he had to buy over 10 kgs of noodles from Na-ou village to give to his friends in the capital.
“In Xieng Khuang, Na-ou village is very famous for producing noodles, and I think many people in Vientiane also like it because the noodle is very soft and quite delicious, which it is different from other places,” he said.

Noodles not only produce Fur (noodle soup), but can also be fried and both dishes can also be eaten with vegetables. 

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update June 17, 2017)


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