Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bing guo

Iced fruit is a traditional dessert dish of Beijing cuisine. The traditional culinary method of this dish begins with the preparation of the main ingredients that include 250 grams of lotus root, 100 grams of almond, 100 grams of walnuts, 100 grams of lotus seed, 250 grams of sugar and a sheet of lotus leave. With the exception of sugar and lotus leave, everything else is chopped into small pieces and then steamed. The sugar is mixed with water and then boiled to become syrup. The lotus leave is cut into small pieces and soaked in boiling water in a bowl. The steamed ingredients are placed on the lotus leave with syrup poured on top and then cooled by ice and after cooling, the iced fruits are served in cold. Since the container is a bowl, the dish is also called Ice Bowl . The last step can also be completed by simply placing the bowl into refrigerators in modern days.

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