Tell me the difference between tangyuan and yuanxiao. Can you fry yuanxiao?
The Lantern Festival is coming, all kinds of dumplings are on the supermarket counter.It is clearly the Lantern Festival, but a lot of packaging is printed on tangyuan.Should it be called Yuanxiao or Tangyuan?There is an old legend that Yuan Shikai always wanted to become emperor and was afraid of being wiped out.One year, he went to the street for a walk during the Lantern Festival and heard a lantern seller Shouting in a long voice, “Yuan — xiao.”Fear made him break out in a cold sweat.He felt that “Yuanxiao” is “Yuan xiao” homophonic, which is not to eliminate him Yuan Shikai?He fidgeted and irritated.From the 15th day of the first lunar month in 1913, yuanxiao food can only be called “Tangyuan”.Someone wrote a doggerel satirizing Yuan Shikai: Poem Yin Yuanzi back to the past, steaming boiled floating on the water.Hong Xian was banned from Shouting Yuanxiao along the street.With the poetry to prove it, it seems so.But are yuanxiao and tangyuan really the same thing?The answer is no.Yuanxiao and Tangyuan are originally two different foods.From its name, Yuanxiao means the night of the Lantern Festival.The character yuan means beginning and xiao means night.Since the 15th day of the first lunar month is the night of the first full moon in the first year, the ancients thought it necessary to commemorate it.So they made sweet yuanxiao.The history of Yuanxiao can be traced back to the Han Dynasty more than 2,000 years ago.It is said that King Zhao of Chu saw a kind of fruit floating on the surface of the Yangtze River. It was yellow on the outside and white on the inside, but it was red on the inside and tasted sweet.No one knew what kind of fruit it was, so King Zhao of chu sent someone to consult Confucius.Confucius told the King, “The fruit of this duckweed is a sign of rejuvenation.”Later, people made yuanxiao with hawthorn stuffing in the shape of duckweed fruit.More than 2,500 years have passed, and the duckweed fruit named by Confucius may have become extinct.But the method of making yuanxiao has been passed down.Yuanxiao is made of various fillings into small squares.The walkoff basket then put the stuffing into the walkoff basket, poured rice noodles, sprinkling water sieve, the stuffing kept rolling, more and more rice noodles stuck to the stuffing surface, the lantern is getting bigger and bigger, more and more round.Yuanxiao white flowers, like round round round round the moon.The “round” of tangyuan means reunion.”Soup” refers to cooking or eating methods.Unlike yuanxiao, tangyuan are wrapped one by one.The legend of tangyuan originated in the Song Dynasty.At that time, Ningbo city was called Mingzhou. A kind of fresh food appeared, which was filled with black sesame, lard and white sugar, and then wrapped with glutinous rice flour.When it’s cooked, it’s sweet and soft, and it’s very distinctive.Tangyuan is usually eaten during the Lantern Festival, but can also be sold in supermarkets.So it seems that there is a big difference between tangyuan and yuanxiao. Tangyuan is a meat dish because there is a lot of lard inside.And yuanxiao was originally a vegetarian dish, but now, yuanxiao, more and more kinds of fillings, has gone beyond the original taste, even the introduction of tangyuan fillings.Yuanxiao is divided into two kinds of sweet and salty taste, sweet filling generally has lard bean paste, sugar sesame, osmanthus mixed, jujube paste, nuts, sesame rong, almond, ginkgo, hawthorn and so on;Salty fillings include diced fresh meat, diced ham, dried shrimp and so on.There are also rice dumplings stuffed with mustard, scallion, garlic, leek and ginger.In the past, I always thought tangyuan were small and round.Yuanxiao, on the other hand, is very big and rough, and it is easy to lose its white surface.The roundness is not good, even rolled into an irregular shape.Now tangyuan are also big, even bigger than yuanxiao.Tangyuan is usually boiled, while Yuanxiao can be boiled, steamed, fried or even made into a silk lantern.However, fried yuanxiao but technical work, or bad will lead to accidents.The fried yuanxiao in the picture below is very dangerous and looks like it will soon explode.Fried yuanxiao requires a small fire, oil temperature can not be too high.If the oil overheats, the stuffing will burst out, splashing the hot oil around and causing burns to the operator.When I fry yuanxiao, always take a bigger pot lid in hand, like a shield in front of the body, in case of yuanxiao explosion, at least to protect the face.It is relatively safe to bake yuanxiao. Put a little oil in a pan and then put yuanxiao into it.Cover and fry slowly over low heat.About five or six minutes, turn it over and cook the other side.Isn’t it creative to bake yuanxiao like a pie?