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New Post 8/30/2012 3:35 PM
  anneye
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"Four Guardians" in Shanghai China 
Modified By anneye  on 8/30/2012 4:08:49 PM)

"Four Guardians" mean four classical and famous breakfast in Shanghai .They are 大(dà) 饼(bǐng) , 油(yóu) 条(tiáo) , 豆(dòu) 浆(jiāng)  and 粢(zī) 饭(fàn) 。

On the every street of Shanghai, there are four breakfast dishes renowned as the “Four Guardians”, namely, large bread (dabing), deep-fried fluffy dough sticks (youtiao), glutinous rice balls (zifantuan), and soybean milk (doujiang). The Four Guardians, originally a terminology in Buddhism, refer to the four Buddhist deities with the Vajra pestle in hand. Later on, it is extended to mean something can not be broken and is the most precious treasure. Since the four breakfast dishes are called the Four Guardians, it is self-evident how significant they are compared with other snacks.

Sweet Dabing

Salty Dabing


The first one is a kind of large flatbread (dabing). Mix the fermented dough with some ghee, stick it onto the wall of the urn-style fireplace and bake it into savory bread. There are two tastes , sweet and salty breads. The sweet one is made by adding sugar and it's round; the salty by adding fine salt and it's  like ellipse ; the sweet one is covered with sesame seeds; the salty with shallot slices.

The second one is the deep-fried fluffy dough sticks (youtiao). Mix the fermented dough with edible alum, twist it into long stripes, fry and turn them over to and fro until they turn golden. The stripes are fluffy, savory, and crispy.


The third one is glutinous rice balls (zifantuan). They are balls made from steamed granular glutinous rice. There are sweet and salty types. The stuffing wrapped inside is mainly deep-fried fluffy dough sticks; preserved pickles, dried meat floss, sesame seeds or white sugar can be added in order to season the food.

The fourth one is the soybean milk (doujiang). It is a drink made from milled soybeans and water. It is milky, pure and strongly marked with the fragrance of soybeans. Sweet or salty, it is highly nutritious, affordable and good for all ages.

 
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