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Xuanmiaoguan Zhaicai (dishes Given To Buddhist Monks As Alms)
Nanyang Xuanmiaoguan is a Taoism temple. It is founded in the forth reign of Hongwu in Ming Dynasty (AD 1371). In Qing Dynasty and Kuomintang times, there were a large number of devout people going on pilgrimages to Xuanmiaoguan and it together with Baiyunguan in Beijing, Changqingguan in Shanxi, Baxian Hut in Xi’an was named the four Taoism temples in China. The Taoists in the temple are vegetarians for religious reasons and they also invite some local famous people to go sightseeing and have dinner here when there is an important festival or when the flowers are all in full bloom. The vegetable dishes in the temple are particularly cooked and they carefully choose different materials. The main and the complemented materials are all vegetables. The name of dish sounds like meat dish but actually is made by vegetables such as Vegetable Chicken, Vegetable Fin and so on which are mysteriously cooked. So they are really ravishing and excellent tonics in the Xuanmiaoguan.
Tonghe Tongdan Eggs
Located in the east of Nanyang Basin, Henan Province, Tonghe River is windingly trickling. It is one branch of Yangtze River and runs into the Tonghe River of Tanghe County. The Tonghe River has winding river way and a great many shoals and luxuriant float grass. Therefore, it is a good place for grazing geese and ducks. The eggs of geese and ducks have excellent quality, big shape, thin skin and beautiful appearance. After dealed with complicated pickling skill, it has long fragrant flavor and is tasty. So it is called Tongdan Eggs.
Zhenping Roast Chicken
Zhenping Roast Chicken is also named Zhengping Houshi Roast Chicken. The roast chicken has fresh color and luster, fragrant skin and very tender meat which is fat but not oily. Hou Xishan is its contriver whose ancestral home is Linyi City, Shandong Province. In 1928, he learned to roast chicken from the famous teacher in Dezhou. In 1942, he together with his wife and sons moved to Zhengping, and then went on with cooking roast chicken and sold it. Henceforth, Houshi Roast Chicken had the high reputation and never declined.
Sheqisanfen is the name of bean noodles, Fenpi (sheet jelly made from been or sweet potato starch) and bean powder which are made in Sheqi County. Therefore, Sheqi County is honored as the home of Sanfen. The bean noodles here are as thin as threads; the Fenpi is as thin as paper-sheet and the bean powder is white and smooth. They are widely accepted by people.
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