Xi'an Dumpling Banquet, China

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Xi'an Dumpling Banquet

Dumpling (Jiaozi, Jiao Zi) is a traditional popular food in China.

Although the Dumpling Banquet in Xi'an is still called dumpling, its style, colour and taste have changed much, add some new temperament and interest.

The most famous Dumpling Banquet is in Xi'an Restaurant and Xi'an Jiefang Road Dumpling Restaurant in Shaanxi province. Xi'an Dumpling Banquet is brought forth new ideas in its color, fragrance, taste and style; meanwhile, is added ancient culture. Thus, the dumpling is no longer one kind of simple flour food.

People change the tradition of using pork, beef, mutton and vegetable as its filling, chicken, duck, fish, pork, meat, egg, delicacies from land and sea and fresh vegetable, etc, in one word, include steaming, frying, toasting, etc.

They add many tastes such as sour, sweet, peppery, hemp, etc. Concerning the style, they make out various pretty and lovely styles such as flower, bird, grass, fish, ect. Besides the traditional style of a new moon like.

People who taste Xi'an Dumpling Banquet have had a deep happy memory. This is not only because its beautiful styles and delicious taste, but also because it includes plentiful cultural intension.

For example, "Baochuan steamed dumpling", it uses shepherd's purse and pork as filling, draws its material from the legend of Wangbaochuan digging shepherd's purse in the south of Changan city.

"Black Rice steamed dumpling", uses the black rice as filling, draws its material from the legend that Zhangqian dreamed Wenqu, found black rice and went to the Western Region.

The last dish is "chrysanthemum chafing dish", waiter or waitress boil pearl dumpling like the size of smallest finger in front of the guest, then, distribute to every people. When guest taste the pearl dumpling (more or less), they will get blessing related with number:

When you eat one dumpling, the blessing is to plain sailing;
two dumplings - a double blessing has descended upon the house;
three dumplings - to go up three grades in a row ;
four dumplings - to get rich in four seasons;
five dumplings - an abundant harvest of all food crops;
six dumplings - everything goes well;
seven dumplings - seven stars shin upon you(good luck) ;
eight dumplings - the Eight Immortals crossing the sea(each one showing his or her special prowess);
nine dumplings - the highest above all;
ten dumplings - be perfect in every way.

If you are the one do not have one to eat, don't be disappointed, you will get the blessing that "worry nothing and have good health and a long life". In fact, every sentence include a good meaning in order to let every people glad and happy, to push the pleasant atmosphere to a climax.

Referring to the traditional dumpling, guest can eat as much as they like.