2016/01/30

Hui Dou Zi (Gray Bean) and Tian Pei Zi(Sweet Wine)(Gansu)

 Hui Dou Zi (Gray Bean) and Tian Pei Zi(Sweet Wine)(Gansu)

Hui Dou Zi (Gray Bean) and Tian Pei Zi(Sweet Wine) are not seen in other parts of China except in Lanzhou. Boiled red bean and steamed barley are mixed with sweet wine for fermentation. This sweet, nutritious drink is good to have in hot weather.

Legend has it that Hot Boiled Pear (Re Dong Guo) was invented by Wei Zheng, a distinguished minister during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). His mother kept coughing but refused to take medicine due to its bitter taste. As her son, Wei Zheng knew his mother liked pears so he asked his servant to boil the pear juice with the powder of herbal medicines.

It was sweet and tasty, and soon after, his mother recovered. Re Dong Guo is made of Dongguo Pear, a choice fruit in Lanzhou. This delicacy is sweet and helps curb coughing.