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Food Ideas for Chinese Golden Week

Food Ideas for Chinese Golden Week

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Chinese National Day celebrates the founding of the People's Republic of China. National Day and the six following days, known as the 'Golden Week' holiday, are used by people to travel to their home towns and unite with family. Along with the extensive cultural music, socialising, and street parades that occur during the holiday - traditional foods are an enjoyable and memorable holiday perk which are crucial to national Chinese celebrations.

Hairy Crabs

Hairy Crabs are an essential 'must-try' of the Golden Week delicacy. At this time of year, hairy crustaceans dominate the Yangcheng Lake and are only available from October to December, they are in demand and can reach high prices! Hairy crabs can be steamed or sautéed, and are nearly always eaten with ginger tea or Huangjiu (Chinese yellow wine). To enjoy the full hairy crab experience cook it at home and pair the crabs with some soy sauce to give it a sweet blend of flavours.


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Mooncakes

Mooncakes are almost completely unavoidable during Golden Week as they are served everywhere! Cooking and sharing the desserts at home with family members is a hallmark Golden Week tradition. The circular shape of the mooncakes is traditionally believed to represent family togetherness and unity, thus why they are often served during Golden Week. 

Depending on the region, moon cakes are served in a variety of flavours. Some of the main flavours include fruit, chocolate, cream cheese, great tea, vegetables, roast pork or seafood. To add a light, refreshing almond flavour to your fruit, chocolate, or green tea mooncake, add our Cantonese Almond Jelly to give it some extra flavour.

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Jianbing

Jianbing is an iconic street cuisine which has taken China by storm! Usually eaten at breakfast, it can be found at stalls on Chinese National Day but is best served at home while relaxing with family. It is a crispy fried snack made from a thin egg crepe boldly contrasted with savoury meat filling and lettuce. It is usually brushed with spicy hoisin and chilli sauces, and is often packed with cilantro, scallions and pickles to add some extra punch of flavour to the delicious snack. 

To make your Chinese Golden Week meals even tastier check our complete selection of Chinese products which will bring some extra flavour to your meal.

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