Saliva Noodles

"Xian shui mian" is a spicy pork and vegetable soup that's a delicacy in the Chinese counties of Meixian, Wugong and Qianxian, traditionally served at weddings, funerals, festivals and birthday feasts. But it's the special ingredient in the soup that gives it the English name "Saliva Noodle". According to a 2010 story on "the noodle soup is reused many times and contains each diner's saliva."

I can't tell from the article exactly how the saliva noodle soup is made. That is, are people given a bowl of the soup, and whatever they don't finish is thrown back into the pot -- making it Backwash Soup? Or are people actually spitting and drooling in the soup?

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 14, 2012
     Category: Food

Spit, drool, or even urinate makes no difference to me; I ain't eating any of it anyhow. 🐍
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/14/12 at 11:01 AM
That is so disgusting!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/14/12 at 11:14 AM
Found the description of how it is done at..

As I read it...

You get a small blob of noodles (one bite's worth) on your plate. You take some stock from the central pot and pour on the noodles. You eat the noodles and pour the stock back into the main pot. Tou do this till everyone is full, then drink the remaining stock.

Mmm Tasty
Posted by Google Fiend on 02/14/12 at 12:07 PM
Then I remembered THIS :lol:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 02/14/12 at 12:30 PM
I just had to see the title and i knew better than to watch it! I am going out to dinner later and I am not going to read any more about how this stuff is made! *shudder*
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/14/12 at 12:42 PM
Now, now. You're showing your cultural bias. To the Chinese, this is tradition. Shared by invitation, usually among family members. Granted, it's like tongue kissing your parents, but it is tradition. And without our traditions our lives would be as shaky as a, well, as a fiddler on the roof.

Oops! I'm mixing cultures here.
Posted by KDP on 02/14/12 at 02:21 PM
C'mon people. Haven't any of you taken sips from your kid's cup? You KNOW they backwashed into it and it isn't even heated up as is the soup broth. How many of you have eaten at a fast food restaurant where a little saliva would be the least disgusting bodily fluid the teenagers (who don't wash their hands after using the bathroom and before returning to work) put in the food? At least this is among family members.
Posted by ScoutC on 02/14/12 at 07:54 PM
There are still cultures on this planet that consider cannibalism a tradition as well and I ain't eating THAT either!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/14/12 at 11:02 PM
Ewww, seriously, that is so gross.
Posted by Rodney on 02/15/12 at 12:48 AM
Not half so disgusting as anything I ate at Disney World -- and a lot safer, too.
Posted by Harvey on 02/16/12 at 12:24 AM
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