Archive | April, 2011

Sichuan Snacks Streets

30 Apr

Chunxi Road is the most famous shopping street and snacks street in Chengdu, Sichuan. There are hundreds of restaurants and stores sell snacks at Chunxi Road. It is the gathering center of delicious Sichuan snacks. There is no point if you come to Chunxi Road but do not eat any snacks. The following is the map of Chunxi Road.

Jinli Snacks Street was established in recent years, but it is very popular in Chengdu. The stores in this snacks street are all decorated in traditional Chinese style. The following is the map of Jinli Snacks Street.

Wenshufang Food Street is the oldest snacks street in Chengdu, all the stores there has a long history. The stores’ brands are all very old. In most of the local people’s mind, the snacks in Wehnshufang Street are the most authentic. The following is the map of Wehnshufang Snacks Street.

 

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Sichuan Snacks

30 Apr

Sichuan is a province which in the southwest of China, it is famous for its consummate cuisine and spicy food. Chengdu is the provincial capital of Sichuan and it is in the middle of Sichuan province. There are countless visitors come to Chengdu every year as its reputable snacks. Sichuan snacks have a long history, varied assortment and rich in local flavor. They have extremely significant position in the Chinese treasure house of cooking heritage. Because of the climate in Sichuan is humid, so most of the local people like to eating spicy food to help their body perspire. Actually, it is an effective way to cooling the body. That is why Sichuan snacks are outstanding of spicy. The following are some introduces of native Sichuan snacks.

 Why Sichuan snacks so popular in China even in the global stage is determined by their special characteristics and tasty flavor. Sichuan snacks are very different from other snacks, because they are not only choose a variety of condiments, but also pay particular attention to seasonings skill. Then Sichuan snacks are very good at using soup, the soup used in the Sichuan snacks is made by a variety of ingredients and condiments, tastes really delicious. Furthermore, no matter what kind of Sichuan snacks, they are all very focus on the quality of raw materials and seasoning. They believe only high quality of raw materials and seasoning can make delicious snacks. In addition, the price of snacks is very cheap; it is also an important reason of why Sichuan snacks are generally welcomed by common people.

There are a lot of famous snacks in Sichuan, such as Pork Lungs in Chili Sauce (Fu Qi Fei Pian), Spicy Rice Noodles, Egg Bake Cake, Zhong Dumplings, Hot Spicy Gizzards, Spicy Szechuan Chitling, 3 big cannons, Chuanchuan Xiang etc.

Fu Qi Fei Pian (picture is from Fotoos Van on Flickr)

Spicy Rice Noodles (picture is from Avlxyz on Flickr)

Egg Bake Cake (picture is from Simon Q on Flickr)

Zhong Dumplings (picture is from Leondel on Flickr)

One of the most representative snack in Sichuan is 3 big cannons. It is made of glutinous rice flour, use red sugar souce and sesame on the top. The taste is very sweet, most of the kids and old people especially like to eating 3 big cannons.

3 Big Cannons (pictures are from Jilly on Flickr and Kattebell on Flickr)

Chuanchuan Xiang is another very famous snack in Chengdu, every traveller come to Chengdu would like to eat this special snack. The name of Chuanchuan Xiang means use a bamboo stick to skewer all the food like duck intestines, chitling, prawn or other meat dishes and vegetables together. You can choose whatever you like and then put them in a small basket, just like eating buffet. Then you will be served with a hot pot, the soup in the hot pot is very spicy, you need to put the Chuanchuan Xiang you chose in the hot pot to boil them.

pictures were took and edited by special snacks kingdom

Chengdu is the most leisure and entertainment city in china. Comparing to some other metropolis like Hongkong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, the pace of life in Chengdu is extremely slow. Moreover, the snacks and food in Sichuan are very tasty, so a lot of people would like to settle down in Chengdu. It is a city which if you have visited, you do not want to leave it anymore.

Interview with a Malaysian

29 Apr

This interview is about the introduce of snacks in Malaysia.

This video was produced by Special Snacks Kingdom.

Tips of Cleaning Kitchen (2)

28 Apr

1  Cleaning of dirt: Mix water and saleratus together to make soda water then put dishcloth into the soda water and dry it. This way can clean dirt on gas cooker、oven、thermos、hydrant and so on. Or you can use soft cloth with little toothpaste to scrub again and again; at last the surface will become very shine.

 2 Cleaning of stainless steel: So many people will chose steel-ball to scrub cookers, but it is easy to make crack. However if use cleaning sponge, you couldn’t wipe dirt up. Under this circumstance, you could use the rest radish or cuke with cleanser, and then clean by water. Moreover, vinegar is also helpful to clean dirt.

3 Cleaning of wooden-furnishings: Add some vinegar in the water, use dishcloth to clean it .Or you can use clean dishcloth which soaked in the overdue milk and then clean it by water.

4  Cleaning of copperware: You can use royal fizz mix fine salt to clean.

5  Cleaning of glass wares and crockery: You can use vinegar mix salt to clean.

6  Cleaning of plastic- basket and net. You can use old toothbrush with vinegar or cleanser essence to brush them lightly.

PS: Usually, housewife use buck to clean kitchen, but it’s easy to hurt skin. I found that my hands become very coarse after I use buck to clean kitchen in the first time. When you found your hands with some oil stain after finish the cleaning work, you can put your hands in the water, then get some corn flour and rub with the hands about one minute, cleaning the hands by water in the end.

Tips of Cleaning Kitchen (1)

27 Apr

picture is from Palindrom on Flickr

1 The cleaning of cooker hood: In terms of cleaning the kitchen, many people think the most horrible thing is cleaning the cooker hood. You know, the detergent bought from the market is not good to our hands’ skin because more or less, there are some chemical components in it. So why don’t we make some special detergent by ourselves? The materials are very common in our daily life, they are cheap and environmental. Firstly, prepare a basin of hot water, add 2~5ml liquid detergent and 50ml table vinegar into the hot water, what need to note is the water temperature must over 60℃. Secondly, remove the fan or oil-filter strainer carefully, put them in the mixed water and waiting about 15~20 minutes. Then use some brand new silk stockings to scrub them, in this way, the surface will not be scratched and absolutely clean. Finally, after drying the fan or oil-filter strainer, coat with a layer of glue on the surface, install them back when the glue is totally dry. When you clean the cooker hood next time, tear off the glue, it will be more convenient for you to clean.

2 The cleaning of cooking range: Put the skin of lemon or orange into cold water to boil them, when the water is boiling, waiting it becomes cold. Then put a piece of wiping cloth into the water, use the wiping cloth to clean the dirt of gas stove or cooking range. Furthermore, you can coat with thick rice soup on the cooking stove, when the rice soup becomes dry, it will stick the oil stain together, you just need to clean the dry rice soup, then the oil stain can be removed together. 

 3 The cleaning of dishes: The water of wash rice and stewed noodles are very good to clean dishes. It is a frugal and environmental way to wash dishes. In addition, another essential way is use tea leaves to wash dishes, the oiliness also can be washed quickly. What more important is you do not need to worry the harm of chemical components.

4 The cleaning of chopping board: Chopping board is an excellent breeding place for bacteria, so it is very important to separate the raw and cooked food, meat and vegetables. When cleaning the chopping board, it is better to cover a layer of paper towel on the board. Then mix some vinegar and warm water together, pull them on the paper towel. After 5~10 minutes, rip away the paper towel and wash the chopping board by clean water. This way can not only clean dirt and remove odor, but also has the function of degerming.

Interview with a Chinese Student in the UK

26 Apr

Sweet Corn Pancake

24 Apr

Sweet corn is native to central America, most of them are planted in Mexico and Peru. In the 16th century, sweet corn was imported to China and it has more than 400 years cultivation history. Eating sweet corn is very good to human’s health because there are plenty of nutrition in it. It includes vitamin B1,manganese, vitamin B5, dietary fiber, vitamin C,phosphorus and  folate. 

Sweet corn is beneficial to people who has problem of heart  and cancer diseases. Because the main element of folate in sweet corn can  help to maintain a good health condition  for human’s heart, according to the stats, folate can reduce 10%  of  the heart attack; it also can help smokers reduce the risk of lung cancer by 37 % (Diet Health Club, 2010).

It is always used in salads and many vegetarian or non-vegetarian dishes. However, in China, it is also usually cooked as a kind of snack which is called sweet corn pancake. People always eat this snack in the restaurant and it is one of the most popular snacks, especially in some festivals like Chinese New Year or in the wedding party.

It is fragrant, sweet, crispy and with a smell of cream. Furthermore, it has a very beautiful colour which can work up your appetite. Actually, the cooking process is very easy, everyone can cook them at home and enjoy the delicious taste with your friends or families.   

Suggestions:

1 It is better to cuted the sweet corn pancake into pieces, more convenient for people get to eat.

2 It can be cuted about 9 pieces, but it depends on the size. 

Making Processes:

1 Open the can, pull the sweet corn kernels into plate, drain the sweet corn kernels

2 Add the cornstarch into sweet corn kernels

3 Use spoon or chopsticks to mix the cornstarch and sweet corn kernels, make sure cornstarch cover the sweet corn kernels equably

4 Heating the pan and add some oil, pull the oil into a bowl when you fell the oil is hot

5 Leave some oil in the pan, then put the sweet corn kernels into the pan and use a spoon to press them flatly

6 When you see the sweet corn kernels are stick together, then pull the original oil into the pan, if it can not sock the kernels, add more oil into the pan

7 Add some sugar on the sweet corn kernels, use hard fire to fry the sweet corn kernels, but you need to make it not be parched

8 Turn off the fire when you see the sweet corn kernels are finalize the design

9 Put the sweet corn pancake in the plate, dust it with decorated sugar

10 Finally, cut it into proper pieces

Tips:

1 If you do not like too sweet food, you can ignore the step of adding sugar.

2 When you frying the sweet corn pancake, you need to shake the pan to make the pancake heat evenly.

3 You can use some vegetable or fruit to decorate the pancake instead of using decorated sugar.

 Reference:

Diet Health Club, (nd), Sweet Corn Nutrition And Health Benefits Of Sweet Corn, available at: http://www.diethealthclub.com/health-food/sweet-corn-health-benefits.html, accessed on 18/04/2011.

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