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A taste of Yuliang delicacy| Updated: November 29, 2022

Yuliang village – administered by Shexian county, in Huangshan city, Anhui province – was the place where the celebrated Huizhou merchants departed on their business trips.

The Huizhou merchants, accounting for almost half of China's wealth from the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), created not only a prosperous commercial environment but also a varied and lively food culture there. Here are some of the local delicacies.

Yuliang stone pastry


A stone is placed on the pastry to ooze out excessive grease and make it evenly heated. [Photo/WeChat ID: cnhsta]

Stone pastry was a staple in the diet of the Huizhou merchants for hundreds of years.

With a wide variety of fillings – such as the diced pork, bamboo shoots and chives – it tastes deliciously crispy on the outside and the ample fillings give off a wonderful aroma.

Yuliang wonton


A bowl of delicious Yuliang wonton. [Photo/WeChat ID: cnhsta]

Wonton, or "Hun Dun" in Mandarin, is always a highly popular dish in China.

Yuliang wonton is famous for its extremely thin skin, tender fillings and tasty soup. The main ingredients are pork, vegetables and green onions. A spoonful of chili paste makes it even more appealing.

Yuliang Jiuniang


Yuliang Jiuniang, served with glutinous rice balls. [Photo/WeChat ID: cnhsta]

Jiuniang, or fermented sweet rice wine, is actually unfiltered rice wine with very low alcohol content.

Folks in Yuliang village follow the ancient process of making the soup-like dish. They use high-quality glutinous rice and mountain spring water and brew it through more than 10 procedures.

The fermented sweet rice wine tastes sweet and is popular in all seasons.

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