Tea time in GuangDong

Everyone knows that at 4 in the afternoon English people are having the traditional tea time. But did you know that Chinese people have their own traditional “tea time”? Well, the Chinese tea time has nothing to do with the English one, and in fact you could only “drink tea” in you travel to Guangzhou. […]

Everyone knows that at 4 in the afternoon English people are having the traditional tea time. But did you know that Chinese people have their own traditional “tea time”? Well, the Chinese tea time has nothing to do with the English one, and in fact you could only “drink tea” in you travel to Guangzhou. You certainly must be wondering : “sure you can drink tea everywhere, but what does she mean by drinking tea in GuangDong ?”. Let me introduce you my favorite moment of the day of my Guangzhou tour.

When a Cantonese person asks you if you want to “drink” some tea, it means that he wants to take you for a kind of brunch. In Cantonese they call it going to yum cha (饮茶) at restaurants called cha lou (茶楼) between 5 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. In general the elderly likes to gather in one of these restaurants after their daily morning exercises and for many in southern China, yum cha is considered as a weekend family day. You can go there alone, with friends or family members for a simple brunch or big occasions.

Of course, during the brunch they drink tea too, and on every table you can always find some teapots, tea is a very important part of the brunch, it accompanies the food. And here we are, what I prefer the most is the FOOD ! Do you know what Dim Sum is ? I’m pretty sure you know what is it, because in Chinese western restaurant you always eat it. Dim Sum (点心), refers to Cantonese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. In addition the way you order and the way you got Dim Sum served is unique : waiters are just carting around cooked and ready-to-serve dishes around the restaurant, customers just pick some dishes up to their table, and for each plate the waiter checks the dishes grid.

The most popular Dim Sum :

  • Siu Mai 燒賣: Small steamed dumplings with either pork, prawns or both inside a thin wheat flour wrapper.
  • Ha Gau 蝦餃: A delicate steamed dumpling with whole or chopped-up shrimp filling and thin wheat starch skin.
  • Cha Siu Bau 叉燒包: the most popular bun with a Cantonese barbecued pork filling
  • Lo Mai Gai 糯米雞: Glutinous rice wrapped in a lotus leaf into a triangular or rectangular shape. It contains egg, dried scallop, mushroom, water chestnut and meat. The leaf cannot be eaten !
  • Spring Rolls 春捲: a roll consisting of various types of vegetables
  • Egg tart 蛋撻: composed of a base made from either a flaky puff pastry type dough or a type of non-flaky cookie dough with an egg custard filling baked
  • Braised chicken feet 凤抓

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Don’t Forget about Guangzhou

On October 25, 2011, in Must-sees, Shopping, by Jack Li

When you plan your China Tour make sure you don’t forget about Guangzhou. If you love Sub-tropical climate then you will love Guangzhou. It is warm all year around. The rain falls from April to August. So when you plan your Guangzhou tour just remember that October through December is the best time to travel […]

When you plan your China Tour make sure you don’t forget about Guangzhou. If you love Sub-tropical climate then you will love Guangzhou. It is warm all year around. The rain falls from April to August. So when you plan your Guangzhou tour just remember that October through December is the best time to travel there. During this time you will in counter pleasant rain, sunlight and flowers that bloom all year long.

If you need ideas on ways to travel to Guangzhou, you can take a flight or train. There is one airport called Baiyun International. There are also three railroad stations: Guangzhou Railway, East Guangzhou, or North Guangzhou Railway Station. If you go by train you can choose to get a seat or a sleeper bed. If you travel at night it is a good idea to get a sleeper.

Another name for Guangzhou is Canton. It is the third largest city in China. Guangzhou is located in the south-central Guangdong Province its sits north of Pear River and is close to the South China Sea, Hong Kong and Macau.  Just Remember if you want to visit Hong Kong make sure you have a multiple entry visa or you will not get back into China. The legend-During the Zhou Dynasty (1045 BC-254 BC) the Cantonese people suffered from famine for many years. One day five immortals took pity on the city and came in riding goats. Each goat ears where made out of rice and each one was a different color. The immortals blessed the area, they blessed the weather they also blessed the crops. Days after the immortals visited the Cantonese people the famine ended. The Cantonese people wanted to show their appreciation so they built the immortals a temple and called it the “Five Immortals Temple”.

If you like historic sights then you will like Guangzhou. Some of sights you can visit are ‘Western Han Nanyue King’s Tomb Museum’ and ‘Bright Filial Piety Temple’. These sites will tell you about the ancient history of Guangzhou. If you like scenery then you will like Yuexiu Park and Shanmian Island, plus you will be able to see exotic mansions. And it you like to go to museums then you need to make sure you go to “Guangzhou Museum of Art”, the museum is the top art museums in China.   

For all the people who love to shop, there are a massive number of retail stores and shopping malls. The shopper can find top-notch products from all over the world in Guangzhou International Building, but the true shopper’s paradise is the Beijing Road Business Street. If you like food then you will love Guangzhou, since it has the best food. You can find the best Cantonese cuisine there.  Don’t forget about the pastries.

So make sure when you plan your China travel that you don’t forget about Guangzhou. The number one reason why you should not forget about Guangzhou is that it is warm all year long. While you are visiting Guangzhou you can go sight seeing and shopping. Also remember that Guangzhou has the best food.

Cantonese’s favour-Congee

On April 26, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Featured China Stories, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

No travel to Guangzhou would be complete without trying snacks.The Guangzhou tour will differ from other China tours widely.I believe that almost everyone wanting to have a China tour has heard the proverb “born in hangzhou,dress in suzhou,eat in guangzhou,die in liuzhou”.According this proverb, we can know the reputation of Cantonese food.Hundreds of delightful dim-sums […]

No travel to Guangzhou would be complete without trying snacks.The Guangzhou tour will differ from other China tours widely.I believe that almost everyone wanting to have a China tour has heard the proverb “born in hangzhou,dress in suzhou,eat in guangzhou,die in liuzhou”.According this proverb, we can know the reputation of Cantonese food.Hundreds of delightful dim-sums in bamboo steamers or plates are served with pots of Chinese tea for breakfast traditionally and for anytime you like nowadays. Its ever-changing tastes are beyond words.Here I mainly introduct several kinds of congee.

Cantonese are the person who deeply understand how to keep a good health. Plain congee, the city’s comfort food, barely differs from watered-down rice and is often prepared for sick people and babies, but many order it with added ingredients ranging from pig’s skin to fish belly to frog meat.Congee is a healthy food,which is delicate food and is good for the person who love eating meat.

Sampan Congee is one of the most popular Cantonese snacks. Major ingredients include pork, fillet, fried peanuts, sliced fried egg, cut-deep-fries dough sticks etc.

It is said that in the past the Sampan Congee was first served by scholars and tourists who took a boat tour in the suburbs of Guangzhou, later, many local restaurants began to prepare such Congee and people now can taste Sampan Congee everywhere in Guangzhou.Most Chinese restaurants serve congee around breakfast time, but small eateries that specialise in it serve it all day.

The major ingredients of “No.1 Scholar Congee” include pork liver, intestines, kidney etc.

There is a very famous story about this congee.In the Ming Dynasty, a boy who had a great gift in poems in Xiguan of Guangzhou city was too poor to go to school and had to sell vegetable for living.One day he was starving and passed by a shop selling congee. Showing appreciation in the boy’s gift, the shop owner bought part of his vegetable and offer congee to him for free. Since then, the boy can eat different congee with flavorings like pork liver, intestines or kidney in this shop everyday. After several years of schooling, the boy became the No. 1 Scholar at that time.

To pay back to the shop owner who offered free congee to him, the boy visited him as soon as he became the No. 1 Scholar. The shop owner prepared a congee with pork liver, intestines, kidney for the Scholar, hence “NO.1 Scholar” Congee came into being.

“Boiling” in Cantonese refers to putting fresh raw ingredients into the hot and continuously boiling plain congee, their flavors enhancing the soft-textured congee. With just a sip, its warmth creeps through your body.

Besides popularized sidewalk snack booths, high-end traditional restaurants like Tao Tao Ju also serves Boiling Congee.

This congee reminds me of my father.When I stay home while in winter holiday,he always cook the boiling congee for me .And I prefer to put fresh fillet.I am so adored its fantastic taste.

Now ,it is a nice season to have a Guangzhou tour.Warm weather,gentle breeze and blooming flowers, such nice weather.

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Delicious food in Zhouzhuang

On April 19, 2011, in Restaurants & Food, Shopping, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

  When we’re choosing a place for traveling , its sightseeings ,history and  culture always being accounted, usually, its local food palys an important role . As all we have knowned, Guangzhou tour is famous for its various kinds of distinctive food. ,zhouzhuang is famous for its traditional culture , but  the food in zhouzhuang […]

 

When we’re choosing a place for traveling , its sightseeings ,history and  culture always being accounted, usually, its local food palys an important role . As all we have knowned, Guangzhou tour is famous for its various kinds of distinctive food. ,zhouzhuang is famous for its traditional culture , but  the food in zhouzhuang can not be ignored. Around the world , China tour is famed for its food. Zhouzhuang has been boasting fertile land, abundant resources, and delicious food since ancient times. It would be a pity not to have tasted the local food while visiting there.  Now , some of the most famous food in Zhouzhuang will be introduced.

Fisrtly, I will introduced the most special food , “Pig’s Hoofs of Wansan”  .This kind of food originated in Shen’s family in the Ming Dynasty which was used to entertain guests. Shen Wansan, a renowned rich man south of the Yangtze River, had used a pig’s hoof as an indispensable dish to treat distinguished guests at his banquets, thus earning the dish its current name. The well-chosen pig’s hoof with specially-made flavourings is cooked or steamed with water in a terrine for 24 hours. Thigh of Wansan Pig is soft and easy to chew, saline and sweet, catering to all tastes, delicious but not greasy.

Secondly, Pottage of Water Shields and Perch.will be introduced. The local perch there has always been praised for its tender meat, freshness and absence of small bones. Water shields are aquatic vegetables that grow in the riverways of this water town. It is a perfect match to cook perch with the fresh leaves and stems of the water shields. In addition, this local dish enjoys the reputation as one of the three most famous dishes south of the Yangtze River. And there is a story that Zhanghan , a bel-esprit in Jin Dynasty, quit his job and come home just because he miss this food.

Finally, it is turn for Granny’s Tea.When visitors come to Zhouzhuang, they may notice some elderly women gathering together to drink tea. However, few people know the true story behind tea-drinking and tea-making in this town. All the people in the town are fond of tea, but they are fastidious about their tea-making methods. For instance, tea sets must be old, water is required to be boiled in a pottery jar and the fuel should be either bamboo or tea tree branches. The correct way of making tea is like this: put some tea leaves in a teapot or cup, pour a little hot water, wait a few minutes, and then infuse boiling water to make the tea. When people sample tea, they often as drink and eat melon seeds, tender boiled beans, candied fruits and pastries among other delicacies. Tea made in this fashion is called “Granny’s tea”.

There are also many other kinds of food. Such us Wansan cake, Tongzi cucumber, Shrimp, Sanweiyuan  and so on .

The long history of the folkways and folk customs makes Zhouzhuang a famous scenic spot worthy of its reputation. Millions of visitors from home and abroad visit the town each year. Zhouzhuang is shining brightly south of the Yangtze River with its surrounding water, calmness and tranquillity, and its profound cultural heritage.

Eating in Guangzhou

On January 17, 2011, in Cultural Experience, by Sandy Li

When you Travel to Guangzhou, you will taste so many kinds of delicious food in your Guangzhou Tours. Cantonese Cuisine, or Yue Cuisine, is one of eight famous kinds of dishes in China which include Lu, Chuan, Yue, Min, Su, Zhe, Xiang, Hui Cuisine in China. It is famous for its special taste and types […]

When you Travel to Guangzhou, you will taste so many kinds of delicious food in your Guangzhou Tours. Cantonese Cuisine, or Yue Cuisine, is one of eight famous kinds of dishes in China which include Lu, Chuan, Yue, Min, Su, Zhe, Xiang, Hui Cuisine in China. It is famous for its special taste and types of dish in the whole world. Cantonese Cuisine, including Guangzhou Cuisine, Chaozhou Cuisine and Dongjiang Cuisine, has a long history.

Guangzhou, situated in the south of China and close to Macao and Hong Kong, is an open window to the outside world. The saying “Eating in Guangzhou” has been known all over the world and is a unique cultural slogan attracting worldwide attention. Nowadays there appears a special pattern in Guangzhou’s catering trade, which features various kinds of food styles, including the traditional food and innovative food. In Guangzhou, people could eat Chinese food cooked in western style or Western food cooked in Chinese style, southern style food with northern flavor, northern style food with southern flavor. All these food styles make Cantonese food more attractive.

Major features of Cantonese cuisine are that steaming, braising, frying, baking skills; stressing that dishes should be fresh, tender or smooth; tastes should be raw, crisp, fresh and thin; clear but not tasteless, fresh but not strong, tender but not half-cooked, oily but not too greasy; stressing the use of strong fire to cook to get full tastes and flavors.

Roast Goose is one of Guangzhou’s most famous dishes and is one of the traditional roasted dishes of Guangzhou.The wings, feet and entrails being removed, the body is then blown, besmeared with five fragrant seasonings, sewed in stomach, shortly boiled in water, poured with cold water, besmeared with sugar juice, air-dried and preserved, and then hung and rolled in the oven or above the flame. Then cut it into pieces, arrange on the plate and it can be served. The roast goose colored brown and tasty.

Roasted Sucking Pig is another famous Cantonese dish in dinner. Guangzhou has the workmanship of roasting sucking pig for more than 1400 years. The ancients had given it high praise: colored as amber and also gold; melted entering mouth; shaped as if the snow; tasted uncommon. When the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was in Guangzhou the White Swan Hotel entertained her roasted sucking pig. Roasted sucking pig is the most representational traditional food in Guangzhou and usually served for special occasions. The flesh of the sucking pig is pale and tender and the skin is crispy and highly valued as pork rinds.

Because of Guangdong’s location on the southern coast of China, fresh live seafood is a specialty in Cantonese cuisine. Prawns, shrimps, scallops, lobster and crab are all in plentiful supply. Many popular restaurants have live seafood tanks. From the Cantonese perspective, it is best cooked seafood by steaming. In some recipes, only a small amount of soy sauce, ginger, and spring onion is added to steamed fish.

Unlike other Chinese cuisines, the Cantonese usually serves soup before a meal. The soup is usually a broth prepared by simmering meat and other ingredients for several hours. Sometimes, Chinese herbal medicines are added to the pot. The ingredients of a rather expensive Cantonese slow cooked soup are: fresh whole chicken, dried air bladder of cod fish, dried sea cucumber and dried abalone. The combinations are varied and numerous

If you are interested in Cantonese food and want to try it, please book Guangdong Flights and start your trip of delicious Cantonese food.

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