Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The story of the green garlic, but mine was white

Came here for the famous green garlic but unfortunately mine was white that day. As well as green garlic, you can get can black garlic these days (black gold).

The garlic that I had was not pickled long enough, the taste of the garlic was not that spicy and it was just slightly sour.
Hopefully the next time I come here the garlic will be green.
The dumplings that I ordered were pork and vegetable and the ratio of pork and chopped vegetables were 1:1. I felt that there was too much dumpling skin.
On top of the dumplings were two pieces of seaweed, the seaweed was different to the seaweed I have seen at other places, it was a thick sheet of seaweed. ★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★
Interesting socket on the wall! ★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★
Anyway the story of the green garlic goes like this.......
When it is the 8th of December on the lunar calender, garlics are put into a jar of vinegar and pickled.
This tradition originates from northern China and the pickled garlics are to be eaten in Spring with dumplings.

Another story is that the pronounciation of garlic in Mandarin is "suen" which is similar to another mandarin word "suen" with the meaning "nevermind".
So the people in China gave these pickled garlics to people who came to collect their debts hoping they didnt need to pay them.

And another version is to do with buddism which I can't quite understand the Chinese, and I may be wrong with the above stories because I am guessing what it saids from the translation from google!

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