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Enjoy Delicious Beijing Snacks

 2014-01-22    Ada    Food    Beijing    970  

Speaking of food in Beijing, many people can only remember Beijing roast duck, indeed, it is famous, however, having a long history, Beijing snacks win universal praise for their wide varieties, superior materials and careful preparation too. Beijing snacks mainly include three types: Han Nationality snacks, Hui Nationality snacks and imperial court snacks. Beijing is the ancient capital of four dynasties.
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It absorb the snack essence of previous dynasties and combine the food characteristics of various nationalities perfectly.

Beijing Snacks have more than one hundred species, and formed cooking skills of steaming, instant boiling, frying, roasting.Beijing snacks mainly include three types: Han Nationality snacks, Hui Nationality snacks and imperial court snacks. Beijing is the ancient capital of four dynasties. It absorb the snack essence of previous dynasties and combine the food characteristics of various nationalities perfectly.

Beijing Snacks have more than one hundred species, and formed cooking skills of steaming, instant boiling, frying, roasting. Top ten Beijing snacks are: Mung Bean Milk, Wheaten Cake Boiled in Meat Broth, Stewed Pork Liver, Fried Beef Tripe, Steamed Rice Cake with Sweet Stuffing (Ai wo wo), Rolling Donkey, Fried Wheaten Pancake with Fillings, Stir Fried Starch Knots, Flled Sausage, Sweet Ears.

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Stewed Pork Liver has a long history dating back to the Song Dynasty (960 AD - 1279 AD). It is basically made of pork liver and intestines, with a blend of garlic, bamboo shoot, celery, carrot, and potato starch solution. It is called fried liver, but it is really just like a thick soup. It is a good choice to eat for breakfast with the steamed stuffed buns.

As for Ai wo wo, because of its smooth and delicate taste, Ai Wo Wo become a favorite snack of emperor and aristocracies. As this food spread into the folk, ordinary people are not dare to use the word “Royal” so they begin use the name “Ai Wo Wo”. Rolling Donkey is another must-try snack in Beijing. It Chinese name Lv Da Gun, which means a ducky rolling in dust, is a vivid metaphor. Put the finished bean-flour cake in soybean flour and roll them, which looks like a real ducky is rolling in a wild place. Lv Da Gun is well known for its sweet and glutinous taste and loved by general public all around China and you can find Lv Da Gun in a lot of Cities in China in addition to Beijing.

Fried Sugar Cake is a snack suitable for people of all ages. It got the name of Sugar Ear because it’s shape looks like a human’s ear. It is a Islamic snack and the raw materials of Fried Sugar Cake is sugar,soda and flour. Fried Sugar Cake is featured with brown golden color, soft and lubricant texture, sweet and delicious flavor.

Beijing snacks combine the snacks of many ethnic groups such as Han, Hui, Mongol and Manchu, as well as Ming and Qing palace snacks. Tourists can enjoy delicious food while having a taste of the hawking culture along snack streets in Beijing.

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