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What traditional food do you eat in the North during the winter solstice

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on December 22, 2017, people are about to usher in the annual winter solstice solar term, which is also the beginning of the civil count of nine. The cold weather is coming. In the cold days of winter, there are tonic customs all over the country. Then let the old yellow calendar introduce you what traditional food to eat in the north of the winter solstice.


the winter solstice is an important solar term and festival in China. It has a history of more than 2500 years. In northern China, the customs of the winter solstice are mainly food customs. The most common traditional foods of the winter solstice are dumplings, mutton, wonton, dog meat, etc.


mutton pay attention to "four seasons and five tonics" in traditional Chinese medicine, among which "tonic" in winter has become the most popular tonic method at present. At the beginning of the winter solstice, people began to "count nine" from this day, just as the saying goes "three nine make up one winter, and there will be no disease in the coming year". In northern China, there is a custom of eating mutton during the winter solstice. Because the weather enters the coldest period after the winter solstice, eating a pot of stewed mutton at this time has the dual effect of keeping out the cold and nourishing.

mutton is sweet but not greasy, warm but not dry, and has always been regarded as a good tonic. Eating properly in winter is the best recipe for tonic. For ordinary people, eating mutton is naturally listed as one of the main methods of tonic and cold protection in winter.

dumplings the folk custom of eating dumplings at the winter solstice in northern China. The choice of stuffing for winter solstice dumplings is directly related to the meaning. The most common leek stuffing indicates the meaning of "long wealth". The most common Chinese cabbage meat stuffing means "hundred wealth". Dumplings stuffed with mushrooms and meat mean "making money"; Sauerkraut filling means "counting money"; Celery stuffing represents "diligent cooking", which has auspicious meaning.


it is said that the origin of eating dumplings at the winter solstice is that Zhang Zhongjing, a famous doctor in Henan Province in ancient times, set up a medical shed on the Dongguan open space in Nanyang on the day of the winter solstice because he was worried about the villagers' ears being cold in winter, and gave away "Quhan Jiaoer soup" (Jiaoer, now dumplings) to the poor, so that people only feel warm and their ears are hot after eating. In order to commemorate him, the folk people inherited the custom of eating dumplings on the winter solstice.

dog meat the custom of eating dog meat at the winter solstice is said to have begun in the Han Dynasty. It is said that Liu Bang, the emperor of the Han Dynasty, ate the dog meat cooked by fan Kuai on the winter solstice. He thought it was very delicious and praised it. Since then, the custom of eating dog meat on the winter solstice has been formed among the people. Now people eat dog meat, mutton and various nourishing foods on the winter solstice in order to have a good omen for the coming year. In particular, dog stewed tofu is one of the so-called "eight stews in Northeast China".

wonton northerners have the custom of eating wonton on the winter solstice. As early as the Southern Song Dynasty, people in Lin'an ate wonton at the winter solstice, first to sacrifice their ancestors, and then gradually became popular. There is a folk saying that "winter solstice wonton and summer solstice noodles". Eating wonton at the winter solstice hopes to get rid of "chaos" and become smart. When making wonton for winter solstice, people often add ginger, salt, monosodium glutamate and other seasonings to the stuffing. In this way, the prepared wonton stuffing is fragrant but not greasy, which is very delicious.

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