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It's a custom in Lidong, Suzhou to eat plaster and drink mutton soup

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Suzhou food is sweet but not greasy. It is delicately made and has always been loved by people. The small days in old Suzhou are as elegant and exquisite as Suzhou food. Local people's life can be exquisite in different seasons of the year. Then let the old yellow calendar introduce you the customs of Suzhou at the beginning of winter.

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eat plaster to make up for the winter. It is an old tradition of Suzhou people to eat plaster at the beginning of winter. In old Suzhou, some big families also used red ginseng, longan and walnut meat to cook soup in winter, which had the effect of Tonifying Qi, activating blood circulation and helping Yang. Usually, at the beginning of winter, Suzhou Hospital of traditional Chinese medicine and some time-honored pharmacies will set up tonic clinics to make plasters for citizens and sell tonic and health products in winter.

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need to be reminded that the cream prescription must not "follow the trend" and pay attention to "one person, one party". First take the "Kailu prescription" for tentative adjustment and supplement, and then write the formal prescription after appropriate adjustment.

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salted meat and vegetable rice tonifying the kidney and eating a bowl of salted meat and vegetable rice in winter is a specific custom of old Suzhou people. Using the frost beaten green vegetables, lean and fat bacon and rice vinegar as raw materials, a brick stove and straw as fuel, the cooked rice is fragrant and waxy.

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bacon and vegetable rice are not included in the famous recipes in Suzhou, but there is never a lack of diners who love it. Bao Tianxiao, a writer from Suzhou, once praised with a poem: salted meat, vegetables and rice are fragrant and mellow. It is rare that Suzhou is delicious. Every year, he hopes to get frosted vegetables to make a wonderful treasure with new rice.

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in fact, eating salted meat and vegetable rice has another meaning, that is, eating salty and tonifying the kidney. Saltiness has been listed as the first of the five flavors since ancient times. After the beginning of winter, the weather is gradually cold, which is most likely to damage the Yang Qi of the kidney. Salty food into the kidney can tonify the kidney. But it should be noted that patients with hypertension should not eat too much salt. A bowl of

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mutton can withstand the severe cold. There are two big days to eat mutton in winter, one is the beginning of winter and the other is the winter solstice. Mutton has the effects of tonifying kidney and liver, resisting cold and removing dampness. Therefore, Suzhou people firmly believe that the warmth brought by a bowl of mutton soup is enough to withstand the severe cold of winter. In recent years, before the beginning of winter, mutton shops in Suzhou have opened one after another. It is also very comfortable to drink a bowl of mutton soup to warm up.

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when eating mutton, it is best to match cool and sweet vegetables at the same time, such as cabbage and potatoes, so as to play a role in balanced health preservation. Secondly, mutton is warm and helps Yang, so people with hot constitution and easy to get angry should not eat it. Citizens with fever, toothache and oral ulcer should also eat less to avoid aggravating symptoms. In addition, it is not suitable to drink tea immediately after eating mutton, otherwise it will cause spleen and stomach discomfort.

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eat crabs in male and female. There are also proverbs in the south of the Yangtze River that "the west wind rings, the crab feet itch, the crab starts winter, and the shadow is gone". Suzhou people who like to eat crabs also begin to change their eating methods in October of the lunar calendar. The so-called "September female and October male" refers to eating male crabs in October of the lunar calendar.

the most common way for Suzhou people to eat crab is to cook crab. The pronunciation of "cook" in Suzhou dialect is similar to "Zha", so some people say that hairy crab originally meant to cook crab. Although this is just a statement, it is enough to prove that Suzhou people eat crab with its original flavor.

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look at the weather and prepare winter supplements. The phenological weather on the day of the beginning of winter will determine the cold, hot, dry and wet of the whole winter. Therefore, a proverb is circulating in Suzhou: it is sunny at the beginning of winter and cold at the beginning of winter; The beginning of winter is overcast and the winter is warm. According to the experience of the ancients, perhaps yesterday's warm sun indicates that we will usher in a cold winter.

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at the beginning of winter, Suzhou people will rush to buy winter tonics. The business in major winter tonic and health care products stores is booming. They come to buy Cordyceps sinensis, donkey hide gelatin and ointment, which are more than twice as much as usual. Suzhou people like to buy these supplements to make tea or stew chicken and duck, which can enhance immunity, replenish deficiency and help Yang. In addition to Cordyceps sinensis, ginseng and donkey hide gelatin are also popular. They eat together with iron Maple bucket, which can level up the five internal organs, generate saliva and strengthen Yang at the same time.

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