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What are the eight treasures rice and meat for the winter solstice in Hunan

DailyBird Culture 2021-10-09 1 0
After the arrival of

winter solstice, all parts of China have gradually entered the coldest period of the year. At this time, people often pay attention to dietary supplements in order to warm up, supplement nutrition and energy in the cold winter. Many places have gradually formed a unique winter solstice food custom. Then let the old yellow calendar introduce you what to eat at the winter solstice in Hunan.


winter solstice meat during the winter solstice, Hunan people will kill chickens and pigs and dry the meat in the shade, which is called winter solstice meat. As the saying goes, "eat meat from winter to winter, and the body competes with the calf". Changsha urban and rural residents are used to making cured fish and bacon before and after the winter solstice. The fish is salted for four or five days, hung in the wind to dry, and then smoked with sawdust, grain husk, orange peel and peanut shell, or hung on a firewood stove to make it golden red. It is called "winter cured meat", which can be stored until the next summer.


Babao glutinous rice. In Zhuzhou, Changsha, Hunan and other places, the custom of the winter solstice is to eat Babao glutinous rice or glutinous rice cake. Choose glutinous rice, longan meat (longan meat), red dates, lotus seeds, Chinese wolfberry, walnut kernel, pine nuts, yam and rock sugar. Mix the ingredients and steam them with glutinous rice. You can also sprinkle with sweet juice boiled with milk or soybean milk and snow fungus.

Tangyuan eating Tangyuan not only means that the sun gradually comes back, but also means reunion. Hunan people like to eat Tangyuan during the winter solstice, which is called Tiansui. The family sits around the brazier and eats Tangyuan, nagging about the past, and the warm feeling rises in the heat of tangyuan.

wonton has its special connotation because the winter solstice was once the first agricultural solar term. It is called "sub year old" in history, and "winter solstice is as big as year" in Changsha. The day before the winter solstice is called "Xiaozhi". On the night of Xiaozhi, there was an old family reunion dinner, which was called "Erji night" or "Dongji"; Some dinner parties eat wonton. Wonton is homonymous with "chaos", which means that the winter solstice is an epoch-making anniversary. It is said that "chaos begins and heaven and earth begin to lay a foundation".


winter solstice wine. The winter solstice is also known as "winter festival". There was an old custom of gathering people to worship their ancestors in ancestral temples in Changsha. At that time, pigs and sheep will be slaughtered and "winter solstice wine" will be held. When the sacrificial ceremony is held, the elderly do not hesitate to travel all the way back to their hometown to worship their ancestors in the ancestral temple. According to the local custom, eating winter solstice wine can only be attended by men, and women can't sit at the table. The married woman went back to her mother's house every day and had to go back to her mother-in-law's house at night. On this day, families also have the custom of eating glutinous rice, which is said to moisten the skin and prevent freezing cracks of hands and feet.


cat milk make moldy tofu on the winter solstice, commonly known as "cat milk", which is one of the local specialties of Changsha. The mulberry leaves harvested on the day are authentic winter mulberry leaves, which can relieve heat and brighten the eyes. The common food fermented bean curd is called "cat milk" in many dialects in Hunan. This is because "rot" and "tiger" are homonymous in the dialect. People taboo talking about fierce animals, and cats are very similar to tigers, so they are called "cat milk", which reflects a kind of psychology of seeking good luck and avoiding evil.

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