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Zhaoqing Guozheng

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update: 2011-06-20

Zhaoqing <EM>Guozheng</EM>

Zhaoqing Guozheng is wrapped in unique local leaves and waterweeds and in a shape of pyramid.

Zhaoqing Guozheng is a kind of tzuntze (glutinous rice wrapped in leaves). Its ingredients and wrappings are distinctive. Chinese people have the tradition of eating Guozheng in Chinese Lunar New Year and the Dragon Boat Festival.

Generally, tzuntze is wrapped in reed leaves and in a quadrilateral shape, whereas Zhaoqing Guozheng is wrapped in unique local leaves and waterweeds and in a shape of pyramid. Each tzuntze is about 0.5kg.

The main ingredients are glutinous rice, peeled green pea and pork, or mushroom, sausage and salted egg. The wrapped Guozheng tzuntze is cooked in a large jar on a high fire for 7~8h. When it is served hot, it is soft, smooth and delicious.

Zhaoqing <EM>Guozheng</EM>

The main ingredients are glutinous rice, peeled green pea and pork, or mushroom, sausage and salted egg.

Zhaoqing Guozheng is finely prepared. Firstly, green, fragrant and preservative leaves are used as the wrapping of Guozheng; secondly, choice glutinous rice and the green pea harvested in the current year are chosen; thirdly, pork with alternative fat and lean is recommended; fourthly, five-spice powder and liquor are used as seasonings to enhance the taste of the stuffing. The soaked glutinous rice, green pea paste and pork are put into a mold to form Guozheng with edges and corners. Then the Guozheng is put into a drum and cooked on an open fire at least 10 hours till glutinous rice, green pea and pork form an integral body.

It is said that Zhaoqing started to make Guozheng back to the Qin Dynasty (221 to 206 BC) Back then, farmers wrapped rice in bamboo leaves or reed leaves and cooked it. They took it to the field as field rations. This is the earliest Guozheng.

 
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