As the Chinese New Year approaches, it is getting closer and closer for everyone to go home! Those who have been working in Foshan for a year have already been on their journey home. Are there any speciality in Foshan for us to visit our relatives and friends?
Some foreigners answered↓↓↓
It seems difficult to take the freshly cooked "jiaozi" and return to his own country, but it’s feasible for “Jian Dui” or “fried jiaozi”. In the past, when it was ten or twenty days to the Spring Festival, every family in Foshan would open the oil wok and fry some “jiaozi” or “Jian Dui”, hoping that days of the coming year would be as plentiful as the oil wok.
And there was another foreign friend answered “Hot pot” without thinking, showing his deep love for “Hot pot”. Actually, there are many specialities in Foshan. Here we will introduce each of them to you!
西樵大饼 Xiqiao cake
Xiqiao cake in Foshan can date back to 300 years ago and it’s famous for miles around. With large shape and color of light yellow, its soft and sweet feeling won’t make people feel dry after eating.
During the process of making Xiqiao cake, superior white flour, white sugar, lard and eggs are selected as its raw material. After mixed with spring water, Xiqiao cake will be fermented in the oven. As the full-moon shape of the cake symbolizes a perfect life, they are usually taken as gifts during occasions of happy wedding, family visits and the Spring Festival.
大良蹦砂Daliang Beng Sha
Daliang Beng Sha (大良蹦砂Butterfly-shaped Cookies)dates back to Guangxu period in the Qing Dynasty (1882), and it’s originated from Cheng Ji (成记) old shop. Daliang Beng Sha is fried with wheat flour and other ingredients of taro curd and white sugar.
After years of inheritance, Li Xi Ji (李禧记) emerged and it ‘s popular among people for its unique-flavored and crispy taste. Now it’s famous among HK, Macao, Singapore and Malaysia and etc., as a tourism souvenir for visitors.
酝扎猪蹄 Bundled Trotter
Foshan Bundled Trotter is a characteristic dish in Foshan and it was first created in the last years of the Qing Dynasty. It has unique points in material selecting, making, seasoning and cooking. There are two kinds of making processes. One is to boil a whole trotter slowly with condiments, and the other is to skin the trotter, take out the tendons and bones, fill in fat and lean meat inside the skin, and then boil it.
盲公饼 Blind man's cake
Blind man's cake is one of the famous specialities in Foshan and it can date back to late Qing Jiaqing period. Just as its name implies, Blind man's cake was first created by a blind man.
Blind man's cake has a history of more than 100 years and it’s made from glutinous rice with sugar, peanuts, sesame, pork, raw oil, etc. The pork in the cake is made in a more exquisite way by salting the pork in white sugar for several months, which tastes sweet and crisp, making it delicious and famous at home and abroad.
Jiujiang Shuangzhengjiu is called Marlboro among all kinds of wine. Jiujiang Shuangzhengjiu was founded in the early years of Daoguang period in the Qing Dynasty and it has a history of about 200 years so far. Over the past two centuries , Jiujiang Shuangzhengjiu has gradually formed a unique brewing technique .
Jiujiang Shuangzhengjiu is mainly made of rice. It is one of the most often used cooking wines in traditional Cantonese cuisines and it’s used during occasions of celebrating important days or festivals such as wedding, the first month celebration of a newborn baby, birthday party, the mid-autumn festival, the Spring Festival and etc. The host will offer Jiujiang Shuangzhengjiu to guests. This custom has been passed on from generations to generations.
佛山柱侯酱 Foshan Zhuhou Sauce
Foshan Zhu Hou sauce is a special flavor with moderate sweetness and fragrant taste. Over more than 100 years, Zhu Hou sauce has been one of Foshan’s most distinctive ingredients and it’s well known and received by people.
九江煎堆Jiujiang Jian Dui
Jiujiang Jian Dui is a specialty in Jiujiang Town of Nanhai District. Jiujiang Jian Dui is golden in color, thin in skin and fragrant and crisp in taste. In Qing Dynasty, Jiujiang local resident Zou Biannan reformed the making process of Jian Dui and the improved Guangdong snack "Jiujiang Crispy Big Jian Dui" was very popular.