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Jiaozi – Dumplings

Jiaozi
Jiaozi
Jiaozi dumplings are made of a paste wrapper with seasoned minced meat as the filing. They are usually in the shape of a crescent. Cooked in boiling water for a few minutes, they become "boiled bumplings" and are ready to serve. If steamed under cover, they are called "steamed dumplings".

A great range of food may be used as the principal for jiaozi fill: minced pork, mutton or beef, minced prawn of shrimp, vegetables and dried mushrooms. The usual seasonings are soya sauce, salt, sugar, minced scallion and ginger root, peanut and sesame oils. Dumplings are particularly tasty because on the process of boiling or steaming the steam generated inside the wrapper does not escape, keeping the flavors inside and the fillings tender.

Chinese people, especially people in north Chinese like to cerebrate Spring Festival while eating dumplings. They will wrap coins, candy or peanuts in the dumplings together with meat stuffing. If you eat the dumplings with coins in it, your new year will be filled with riches. If you eat dumplings with candy inside, it predicts you will have happy and sweet days ahead and eating jiaozi with peanuts inside symbolize a long life.

Yuanxiao - Dumplings

Yuanxiao
Yuanxiao

Yuanxiao is a special dumpling in China for the Lantern Festival (the 15th night of the 1st lunar month).It is a "ball" made of glutinous rice flour.

Yuanxiao dumplings fall into two categories. One is those without fillings. Another category of dumplings is those with fillings, which may be either sweet or salty in taste. For the sweet variety, the filling may be sugar, walnut meat, sesame, osmanthus flowers, rose petals, sweetened tangerine peel, bean or jujube paste, used alone or in combination. The salty variety can be filled with mincemeat, certain vegetables or a mixture of both. In either case, the materials are minced and well mixed with some seasonings.

Xiangchang – Sausage

Xiangchang
Xiangchang

Xiangchang is a finely chopped, seasoned meat, usually pork that is cooked and stuffed into a prepared animal intestine or other casing. After smoked, sausage can be kept for a long time. It can also be made for a delicious dish served on the new years' eve.

 

 

 

Niangao – New Year Cake

Niangao
Niangao

Niangao is made with rice flour. There are two different shapes of Niangao. One is white long strips (White Naingao) and other is yellow ellipse (Yellow Niaogao). In south China, water milled Niangao is the most famous.

 

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