Tongliao Featured Food:
Parched Rice is the common cooked food in pasturing areas, which is called “Huershen Bada” in Mongol. They are made of broomcorn millets that are steamed firstly then stir-fried and grinding eventually. That is, pick clean and ripe broomcorn millets (the grain with bran). Then put them into the pot and add water into it until the water submerges the broomcorn millets. Like steaming rice, stew them with fire to medium well. Ladle these steamed broomcorn millets (half a liter of broomcorn millets at a time) into the heated pot with a ladle and agitate while stir-fry them. Broomcorn millets leap and send out the sound “crack-crack “ when they are heated, as if the firecrackers were set off. And give off much steam. The key of this process is heating control. When the steam disappears and the swelled broomcorn millets restore, scoop them and separate them from fine sands with a sieve. Spread out the cooked broomcorn millets on the stone mill (The thickness should be appropriate bec
The Mongolian people refer to meat as Red Food and Shouba Lamb is one kind that is called “Wulanyidei” in Mongol. Shouba Lamb means grabbing meat with hands as implied in the name. It is a traditional food that has a long history more than thousands of years and potluck for herdsmen. The way of doing it is that people disassemble the mutton according to the joint of the lamb and put into boiling water to cook without salt and other seasoning. You cut it into smaller pieces with the Mongolian knife in one hand and the other hand grasp the bone. Then eat it dipping mixed flavoring.
Peel broomcorn and then make them into cooked rice or porridge. When it is hot in summer, put the broomcorn rice into cool water in order to lower the temperature. This is called “Water Rice”. Wrap rice, green onion, cilantro, barbeque sauce and shredded meat with fresh Chinese cabbage leaves in fall; that is Vegetable Steamed Bun. Mix cowpea with the rice and cook them, referring to it as “cowpea cooked rice ”. Broomcorn is made into flour and Knead well to form dough. Then rub the dough on Gedou faceplate into the boiling water, forming “Gege Dou”.
Roasted Gigot is a famous excellent meal used to entertain distinguished guests for Mongolians. It develops from roasted whole lamb. Roasted gigot not only saves time than roasted whole lamb, but also tastes fresh and delicious. What’s more, it’s convenient to eat. So roasted gigot gradually take the place of roasted whole lamb. Add all kind of secondary materials and seasoning progressively during the roast after long-term development. It is the collection of shape, color, flavor and fresh. The color is beautiful and attractive; the meat is savory; the outward meat is scorched and crisp; the inward meat is tender. It is crisp but not greasy. It is praised for “Smell the miraculous fragrance without looking at the superior meal”.
Vegetable Steamed Bun
Vegetable Steamed Bun is also called rice bun, which is popular with the common people in the Tongliao district. Now this dish has been carried on the dinner tables of the restaurants and hotels from common people’s family, becoming a special dish used to serve honored guests. The requisite materials of vegetable steamed bun include: rice (rice, broomcorn rice, millet), Chinese cabbage leaves; the secondary materials include: green onion, cilantro, and barbeque sauce. You can add some chili if you like.
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