The Lantern Festival(Yuanxiao jie) is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the lunar calendar marking the last day of the lunar New Year celebration. The Lantern Festival is usually in February or March in the Gregorian calendar. As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25), it had become a festival with great significance. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting new ones, which they will let go of the next year. The lanterns are almost always red to symbolize good fortune. People also eat yuanxiao or tang yuan(rice ball) in this day. It is a glutinous rice ball typically filled with sweet red bean paste, peanut butter, or sesame paste. It is very delicious. People believe the round shape of the balls, and the bowls in which they are served symbolize family togetherness, and that eating tangyuan may bring the family happiness and good luck in the new year. Continue reading Lantern Festival→
Fried ice cream, a unique, hot and cold treat, is a dessert made from a breaded scoop of ice cream that is quickly deep-fried creating a warm, crispy shell around the still-cold ice cream. It combines the heat of fritters with the cold of ice cream. Have you ever tried this wonderful hot-and-cold combination? The secret of this delicacy is in freezing the ice cream more than usual (meaning even below the temperature at which we usually serve it). Once the right temperature is reached, the ice cream is covered with raw egg, cornflakes and tortilla crumbs. It is then fried for a few seconds. We really don’t know for sure who came up with this unique idea, but we know that it’s delicious! Continue reading Fried ice cream→
You may know this interesting crisp fried food, it is made of flour. This is a dish traditionally served at Chinese New Year, called “Pai Char”. The recipe is very simple. Dough, flattened and twisted, and then deep fried in peanut oil.
Freezing can keep foods fresh. Freezing foods slow down decomposition by turning residual moisture into ice, inhibiting the growth of most bacterial species. They are convenient, easy-to-prepare, nutritious, delicious, and they make our busy life-styles seem a bit easier. Frozen foods seem as if they were recently invented, but in fact, they have existed for a long time, much longer than you think. Continue reading History of Frozen Food→