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Seven must-try eats at Anhui food festival in Beijing

source:chinadaily.com.cn release date:2018/07/09 hits:23

To understand the culture of a place, start with food.

Foodies in Beijing now have the opportunity to enjoy a real feast for the palate at the Anhui Food Festival underway at Minzu Hotel. Running through the end of July, the gourmet event serves up authentic Anhui foods to tempt Beijing dinners.

Anhui cuisine is one of the eight major cooking styles in China's culinary culture. Originating from ancient Huizhou - the conjunction of East China's Anhui and Jiangxi provinces - the cuisine spread across China as Huizhou merchants gained nationwide influence during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911).

The festival has invited top chefs from Anhui, with ingredients and materials sourced from the province to ensure freshness and local flavor, according to management of Huishang Birthplace, a co-organizer of the festival. The delicacies are cooked following traditional recipes and methods, but are presented with modern aesthetics in plate arrangement and decoration.

Here are seven foods you cannot miss during the month-long festival.

Maofeng shrimp in the clouds and mist of Huangshan Mountain

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Tender and fresh, the river shrimp also has a hint of green tea flavor after being boiled with Anhui's maofeng tea. The plate becomes artistic as solid carbon dioxide meets hot water and creates the effect of mountain mist enshrouding a tiny ornamental tree. Maofeng tea, a type of green tea harvested from Anhui's famous Huangshan Mountain, ranks among the top 10 Chinese teas. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Furry tofu

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Furry tofu is made of fresh tofu that has been left to grow a coat of white mold before being deep-fried to a crisp golden brown. A spicy flavor is also available for chili lovers. [Photo by Jiang Wanjuan/provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

All stewed in one

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Everyone can find something to love in the many ingredients of this stewed pot, filled with chicken, duck, pork, egg dumplings, tofu and broccoli. [Photo by Jiang Wanjuan/provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Tea-flavored dried tofu

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An appetizer of tea-flavored dried tofu served together with peas. [Photo by Jiang Wanjuan/provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Wuwei smoked duck

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Named after its birthplace of Wuwei county in Anhui, this cold appetizer is famous for its smoky aroma and tender taste. The duck is smoked first and then braised in a brown sauce. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Mengcheng shaobing

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Thin and crispy, the famous sesame flat bread gets its name from Mengcheng county, where it originated. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]