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Fuzhou Food and Local Specialties

Updated: 17 Jun 2007
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Buddha Jumping over the Wall

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"Buddha jumps over the wall" is an umbrella term for a type of highly complex Chinese soup or stew consisting of many ingredients of non-vegetarian origins and requiring one to two full days to create. The name reflects the appeal of the soup: it is said to be so enticing that even a vegetarian monk (Buddha) himself could not restrain himself and would sneak out of the monastery (literally "jump over the wall") to steal a taste. Talk about delicious.

 

"Buddha Jumping over the Wall" is a representative cuisine of Fujian, with more than 30 major ingredients including shark fin, sea cucumber, chicken breast, duck meat, pork tendon, black mushroom, abalone, pigeon egg and etc, as well as other condiments. Those major ingredients will be sealed with paper in a Shao-hsing wine jar full of rice wine, and then the jar will be capped. The stew will be put on strong fire and burned to the boil, and then be kept on the simmer.

 

 

 

Besides having the common meat taste, those dozens of major ingredients and condiments also retain their own unique features. When served in restaurants, the more expensive ingredients are emphasized to justify the lofty price normally charged for this soup.

 

 
Rice Porridge

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Rice Porridge is made by spreading rice syrup evenly on the iron pan and shoveling the dried slices into boiled water before adding razor shell, corb shell, clam, black mushroom, shelled shrimp, shallot, lily flower and other flavorings. The hot Rice Porridge are white, thin and tasty, while the soup is completely appetizing. It is recommended to eat with oyster pizza and deep-fried twisted dough-strips, which will allow you to have a distinctive taste.
 

 

Fish Ball

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The fish ball is a kind of ball-like cuisine made by whipping the minced eel fish meat, shark fish meat or fresh-water fish meat with sweet potato powder (starch) and then mixing the stuffing of minced pork meat or shrimp meat. Being one of famed local flavor snacks, the natives of Fuzhou are so fond of fish balls that there comes a common saying of "fish ball is a must for a feast".  
 

 

Mashed Taro

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Mashed taro, made of Binlang taro, is a kind of traditional dessert of Fujian. As a must for a feast in the restaurant, it is refined, smooth, refreshing, aromatic and sweet. When the feast comes to an end, the mashed taro is always the "last but best snack" to be served. 

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Olive Fruit
 
Another name of olive is "Green Fruit". For most fruits, they are green in the beginning and then change into other colors when they ripen. However, the olive never changes its color, and is also called "Faithful Fruit" and "Reproof Fruit" as its special taste of "bitter comes before the sweet" is similar to the character of faithful counselors in ancient times. Overseas Chinese call it "Fortune Fruit" to show their nostalgia, or it is so called because it is mainly produced in Fuzhou. There are over 10 varieties of olive fruits in Fuzhou, including Dingxiang Olive, Tanxiang Olive, Huiyuan Olive, Changying Olive and Yangshi Olive. 

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SOURCE: FUJIAN TOURISM 

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