the sweet green rice ball
the sweet green rice ball is a qingming festival (tomb sweeping day) food popular in jiangsu and zhejiang provinces. it is also a must-have offering at ancestral rituals in the south of the yangtze river.Like glutinous rice dumpling, qingtuan is made from glutinous rice and stuffed with red bean paste. the difference is that squeezed wormwood or brome grass is used in the making of wrapper.
it looks like dumplings in shape, but tastes different from dumplings. the wrapper of qingming fruit is made from squeezed wormwood, rice and glutinous rice. finally, it is stuffed with bean filling and cooked by steaming. aside from sweet fillings, people also use diced bacon, dried bamboo shoot, diced mushroom and dried beancurd as substitutes.
eating sanzi (or deep-fried dough twist)on qingming festival is a convention throughout china. sanzi is a kind of fried food. people called it cold food in the old days.
the qingming festival is the right time for eating spiral shell. spiral shell is abundant in this season.
wuren rice is common for she nationality, who mainly live in east fujian, including fuzhou and ningde. on the tomb-sweeping day, every family will cook wuren fan and exchange the food with each other as a present. wuren rice is made from glutinous rice and leaves of vaccinium bracteatum or wuren tree.
spring-pancake or chunbing is a traditional chinese food unique to the northern regions. eating spring pancakes is a customary way to celebrate the coming of spring.spring pancakes are the low-budget vegetarian's version of peking duck. the pancake is slightly thicker than those used for duck, and it is seasoned with not only savory brown sauce and spring onions, but also piled with any combination of a plentiful selection of stir-fried and marinated dishes, before being rolled up tight for spill-free eating.
荠菜馄饨：shepherd's purse wonton
荠菜黄鱼羹：shepherd's purse and croaker
荠菜豆腐羹：shepherd's purse with beancurd
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