Four Quzhou delicacies are listed in "intangible heritage" traditional cuisine exhibition in Zhejiang. [Photo/qz123.com]
The intangible heritage cuisine exhibition in Zhejiang concluded successfully recently, with 30 traditional dishes being added to the list. Quzhou has four intangible cultural heritage items on the list: Kaihua sweet potato starch noodles, shaoyongfeng sesame seed cakes, qizhanji cooled candy rice, and Longyou steamed sponge cakes.
Now, let's take a look at them.
Kaihua sweet potato starch noodles
Residents of Kaihua, a county in East China's Zhejiang province, have a penchant for eating sweet potato starch noodles on bleak winter days.
The well-steamed sweet potato starch pancakes are crystal clear. Although the spicy soup, made with sweet potato starch noodles, causes anyone eating it to sweat and their eyes to water, Kaihua natives still cannot resist its smooth, chewy texture.
Shaoyongfeng sesame seed cakes
Shaoyongfeng sesame seed cakes are the only sesame seed cakes that Quzhou natives will buy. They are made with black sesame seeds, walnut and peanut kernels, orange peel, and flour.
Sesame seed cakes baked this way have a unique flavor that is instantly popular among Quzhou natives.
Qizhanji cooled candy rice
Cooled candy rice is the most popular snack at Quzhou's annual New Year's Shopping Festival, which is being held from Jan 14 to 27 at the city's Convention and Exhibition Center.
Compared to other snacks at the numerous booths, the cooled candy rice made by a Kaihua native is particularly attractive to festival-goers with its six different flavors, crunchy taste, rich rice fragrance.
Longyou steamed sponge cakes
These cakes have a wide range of flavors, such as Chinese date, nut and chestnut. It looks as white as jade, tastes sweet and soft, and is fragrant. The major ingredient can be sticky rice or other grains. The production process requires a dozen stages, with the most important being the fermentation with glutinous rice wine, making it suitable for children and the elderly.