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A Taste of Something Local (Ⅰ) 2017-06-27
As a city in the Sui Dynasty (581-618) and as the capital of Wuyue Kingdom (907-978) and the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), it comes as no surprise that Hangzhou is rich in culture and history as well as home to a wealth of delicious snacks.

If you would like a taste of something local with strong flavors and profound cultural connotations then you must take a look below...


You Dong Er (油冬儿)

You Dong Er is a most popular traditional snack during the Spring Festival. It’s golden in color, shaped like a stool and prepared by boiling slices of shredded turnips enveloped by paste. It features crisp outside but soft and warm inside. With new snacks springing up all these years, You Dong Er still retains its original style, hiding in small streets and deep lanes, waiting for someone special to share the old memory with.


Cong Bao Hui (葱包烩)
 
Cong Bao Hui, an age-old Hangzhou snack, is known far and wide and, so much so that, even tourists in Hangzhou are able to tell its origins: The snack was originally created to express people’s hatred towards Qin Hui (秦桧) and his wife, two people responsible for the wrongful execution of General Yue Fei, a famed patriot of China’s Southern Song Dynasty.

Cong Bao Hui, usually served with sauce, is prepared quite simply - all you need to do is to roll deep-fried dough sticks and shallots in dough and then fry them in boiling oil.


Dingsheng Cake (定胜糕)

The name of the cake is really auspicious because “Dingsheng (定胜)” in Chinese means “Victory” and in the olden days it was a chosen snack for those praying for good examination results. Dingsheng Cake is pink, fluffy, and sweet and is branded with two Chinese characters ‘定胜 (victory)’ which, according to legend, was done to wish armies a victorious return and that is how the pink and fluffy stuff got its name.

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