Tianshui Guagua, Tianshui
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 and some mashed garlic, making it a very delicious food.