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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.

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.

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