“Tang Hulu” – Caramelized haws on a stick
White sugar sesame seeds
“Tang Hulu” is a children’s snack that pops up all over the city during the winter. Nowadays, this treat has spread to every part of China. The main ingredient, hawthorn fruit, is known by the people of Beijing as the “red fruit” or **haw*\ but they are also called “Hawthorn” in the northwest. Making these snacks is not terribly complicated, but does require a certain amount of skill. The standard snack has a layer of caramelized sugar coating the hawthorns, and in the freezing winter weather, the haws look like they have been covered with a shining layer of oil—glossy and brightly-colored, crispy and sweet.
In the streets and lanes of Beijing, most of these treats are made and sold on the spot. When they see a vendor slapping the melted sugar onto a string of hawthorn fruits, the glossy coating lets customers know that they were cooked to perfection. If you eat one right away, you cannot go wrong.
“Tang Hulu” is sweet and a bit sour, and their delicious taste appeals mainly to little children. In the winter, as snowflakes fall fast and hard. This brilliant red treat no doubt attracts a great deal of attention. Tang Hulus can be considered part of the beautiful winter landscape.
Ground meat, vegetables and/or eggs, sesame oil, soy sauce, scallions, ginger, salt, cooking oil
Eating dumplings is a must when celebrating Chinese New Year. Generally the night before you celebrate the New Year (also called Lunar New Years Eve or Reunion Eve), the whole family will gather together and sit in front of the table, happily wrapping dumplings, and staying up to welcome in the New Year. To make dumplings, you first knead the dough of wheat flour and water into dumpling wrappers, press the dumpling filling inside (which can include a multitude of various kinds of meat, eggs, seafood, seasonal vegetables and more). The traditional method of eating dumplings is to first cook them in boiling water. When they are taken out they can be dipped in vinegar, garlic sauce, sesame oil or soy sauce and eaten. Other varieties include: fried dumplings and pot-stickers, or lightly fried dumplings.
In Chinese, “to knead dough” or “He” sounds like the word for “combine”, and the word for “dumpling” is a homonym for “friendship”. These two words combined mean “coming together”, so “Jiaozi” or dumplings are eaten as an auspicious symbol of unity during these special occasions. The shape of these
dumplings also resemble that of the silver ingots used as ancient money, so if is considered lucky to eat dumplings at New Year’s, and can be seen as helping “bring wealth and riches” to the household.
Sweet sticky rice dumplings
Main ingredient(s): Sticky rice
During the Lantern Festival, or “Yuan Xiao Jie”, Chinese people traditionally eat special sticky rice dumplings. These dumplings can be referred to as “circles in soup” or simply “circles”, and there are records of these sweet delicious dumplings served as far back as the Song Dynasty in the tenth century B.C. For Chinese people, sweet dumplings, or “Yuan Xiao” represent family reunion, and eating them signifies happiness for the whole family during the coming year.
“Yuan Xiao” are made by rolling rice flour into a circular shape, and they can be divided into two groups: solid and filled. Those with filling are further divided into sweet and salty flavors. Normally, you can select the style of dumplings you like, take them home and boil them up. When they are thoroughly cooked, you pour them into a bowl with the soup and enjoy — this is the most common way of eating these dumplings. Another method is to first cook the dumplings and then drop them in oil and fry them. How you 1 OMUW/11 depends entirely on your own personal preference.