Last updated by susan at 2013-11-4
With wheat and corn as the main crops, Tianshui food is mainly made from flour. There are many delicious snacks including Guagua, Liangpi, Jiangshui Noodle, Jiaotuan and Dalu Noodle and so on. Among all of them, Guagua is one of the most featured dishes there. Historical documents have provided evidences that as early as the Western Han Dynasty, Guagua was a dish offered to the royal family. Nowadays, Guagua, loved by the locals, is one of the most popular breakfasts in Tianshui. Numerous snack bars, offering Guagua everyday, are brisk in business no matter in cold winter or hot summer.
Tianshui Featured Food:
Also known as "Guagua Bean Jelly and Flour Peel," Guagua is a famous snack of Tianshui. Guagua is made of buckwheat flour and other special ingredients. Legend has it that in the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-25AD), Guagua was imperial food. Between the end of the Ming Dyansty (1368-1644) and the early Qing Dynasty (1616-1911), Guagua was known as the “No. 1 Delicious Food of Qinzhou”. Now Tianshui people have Guagua all the year around.
When making Guagua, people grind the buckwheat seeds produced in southern Gansu into powder, add water to the powder to get rid of the impurities and take the starch out. Then they put the starch in a pot, add water, and cook it over slow fire while stirring the cream in the pot all the time until there is a thick layer of yellow set powder peels. Then they take out the powder peel, cool it down. When making Guagua food, people pull the peel and turn it into little pieces and cook it, add some chili oil, sesame soy sauce, mustard, sauce, salt, vinegar
Niangpi is a popular snack made of flour and baking soda. When making the Niangpi, people add the powder into clear water, stir the mixture until it becomes glutinous, and then cook the dough in a food steamer. The cooked thin pieces of dough are Niangpi. It can be served as a staple food, a main dish, or appetizer to go with wine and liquor. It is a very popular snack in Tianshui.
Tianshui Baked Pie
Tianshui Baked Pie is a kind of fast food baked with soft meat in the middle of the cake. The pie, with the shape of a sandwich, tastes different. The baked pie contains the soft baked cake made of wheat flour and the pot-stewed rib meat. People cut the pot-stewed rib meat into thin pieces and sandwich them into the baked cake, then they put some salty sauce onto the meat. Thus the baked pie tastes soft, rich but not heavy, and is very delicious. The salty sauce with spices to stew meat is made of secret recipe that may have been used for hundreds of years. That is also their business secret that will make their food more delicious, unique and even better than others’.
Tianshui Noodles In Sour Soup
The sour soup is a very important part in doing the noodle. When making the soup, people choose fresh and tender edible wild herbs, such as lettuce leaves, clover, shepherds purse, or some planted celery, cabbage leaves, chop them into small pieces, cook the vegetables and add some ferment to the soup. Then they put the soup in a sealed pot. Three days later, the sour soup is ready.
When the soup is ready, people cook some noodles and put them into the heated soup, add some chopped green onion and caraway to the noodle. The delicious noodle is done then. It is said Tianshui Noodles in Sour Soup has the effects of clearing heat toxin and are good to one’s health. The soup can even be drinks in summer.
Tianshui Bean Starch Jelly
The flavor of Tianshui Bean-starch Jelly varies as the major material differs. Buckwheat, peas, haricot beans and wheat powder can be used to make the jelly. After cooking the bean-starch jelly, people add some chili, sesame soy sauce, mustard, mashed garlic, salt and Chinese prickly ash powder to it and the jelly is ready.
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