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腌笃鲜 Yan Du Xian


Yan Du Xian


The bamboo shoot in Yixing is called “Mao Sun”.

It is on the market for just twenty days in the early spring of March.

I will buy five to ten kilos every year at this time to make chicken soup and “Yan Du Xian”(a nutritious soup known as the great comfort food of the Yangtze River Delta in early spring, main ingredient includes salted pork and bamboo shoot) .

I didn’t manage to do that last year because of the pandemic. The delivery is still an issue this year. I am a bit anxious as I’ve already got the chicken and salted pork ready.

Anyway, I would just make my order now to see if I can get them. Otherwise I will have to wait another year.

2022.3.26 Morning lilyma马莉






Recipe for Yan Du Xian, (for 2 person). I got to write it down as my own memo, otherwise it will be forgotten after a long time (2016)

1), 5 pieces of salted pork, 5 pieces of chopped pork ribs, ginger slices, cooking wine...... Wash the meat and boil it in water for 30 minutes;

2), two Bamboo shoots. Peel the shell off, cut into slices or pieces (don't make the pieces too big). First put them in another pot of boiling water for two minutes (otherwise it will have a bitter taste). Take them out and put them in the ribs and salted meat soup that's been boiling for 30 minutes. Cook for a while with small to mild fire, add some salt. Be careful here. Salted meat is already very salty. Taste the soup when adding salt and make sure you don’t add too much.

3). Put in some “Bai Ye” (bean curd sheet) knots. It only takes a few more minutes to cook! (OMG, it would be great to have Changzhou Hengshanqiao “Bai Ye”. But it can’t be delivered as it would get sour and uneatable.)

4). Then, dish it out and sprinkle some chopped Spring Onions on top! There you go, delicious soup! Do not put in pepper or anything like that. That would ruin my Yixing Yellow mud Spring Bamboo shoots dug from yellow mud in mountains only Yixing has.

英文纠稿 English Editing:黄卿 Qing Huang

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