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To eat fish is a very important activity when you are traveling in Altay. There are a lot of ways to cook and eat fish. However, to stew it with Chinese Asafetida is the most piquant cooking method, which can only be enjoyed in Altay.
Paozhangzi means fireworks. The Hui people call it Paozhang. Actually, Paozhangzi is a kind of noodle with soup. When make it, the cook will make the flour tough and smooth. After the flour is ready, it should be kept ten minutes and then it will be cut. The noodle looks like a firework at last.
Black Melon Seeds
Black melon seeds contain many nutrition elements such as Ca, P, Fe, etc mineral elements, and vitamin A, vitamin B2. They are rich in protein and fatty acid. According to the Book of Compendium of Material Medical, a book written by Li Shizhen, a famous doctor in Ming dynasty, black melon seeds is good for lung and intestines.
Camel milk is a new fashion of people's pursuit of green food. It contains more than ten times nutrients as many as cow milk and has the effects of moistening the lungs, stimulating the appetite, and maintaining the face. The dry and barren pasture lands in Altay area are just suitable for the growth of camels which can tolerate drought, eat tough hay and have a small appetite.
Laguan is a speciality of Xibe people in Yili. The raw materials of Lagaun include minced meat and long chili. The process of cooking Laguan is not complicated. Cook usually chooses long chili and cut into pieces. Then chili seed is removed and minced meat is jamed into it. After coating with batter, the pieces are dipped in corn starch and deep-fry them until cooked. , Laguan tastes savory hot with sweet. Laguan has a good flavor if it comes with wheat pancakes.
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