3 Traditional Food of Beijing2016-04-11 16:48:51Share:
There are three kinds of attractive and delicious food in Beijing: Jiaozi, Tangyuan and Tanghulu.
Jiaozi or Chinese dumpling
There is a saying goes among Beijing local people, “no food is better than Jiaozi.” From this, we can see clearly how Beijing people fancy with Jiaozi .
Jiaozi or Chinese dumpling is a thinly rolled piece of dough filling with meat and/or vegetable. Commonly, meat fillings include pork, mutton, beef, chicken, fish, and shrimp, while vegetable fillings are usually cabbage, spring onions, leek, and garlic chives.
Jiaozi is one of the must food during the Chinese new year in northern china especially Beijing. As the outer figure looks like Yuan Bao(golden ingots used in ancient china)and the name sounds like the word for the earliest paper money, people believe that eating Jiaozi will bring them wealth, good luck and prosperity.
Tangyuan(rice glue ball)
From the ancient time, Chinese people attaches great importance to reunion , so it is not surprising why Tangyuan is so popular among Chinese people, for the round shape of the balls can symbolize the togetherness of the family. Tangyuan are eaten all year around especially lantern festival (January 15th on Chinese lunar calendar).
Historically, many different names were used to refer to Tangyuan, while during the Ming Dynasty, its name was officially settled as Yuanxiao, which derived from the Yuanxiao Festival, also known as the Lantern Festival. This name literally means the “first evening”, being the first full moon after Chinese New Year, which is always a new moon.
Tanghulu (sugarcoated haws on a stick)
About 20 centimeters long, bright red in color with a perfect sweet-and-sour taste, Tanghulu is a much-loved traditional confection in the capital city, especially the sweet-lovers.
In ancient Beijing, every year as the weather cools down, Tanghulu sales start heating up on almost every street corner in the city. Mobile food venders carry large straw or plastic poles with dozens of Tanghulu stuck in them as they make their rounds from one neighborhood to another. Nowadays, you can buy Tanghulu in almost every supermarket or stores.
In some degree, Tanghulu is tightly connected with temple fairs, which held during the lunar New Year holidays in Beijing. For many Beijing people, eating Tanghulu while wandering through the temple fair is a marvelous and unforgettable childhood memories.
Hence, if you get the chance to go to Beijing, be sure to try the three kinds of traditional food which will never let you disappointed.
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