Colorful and spicy Chinese Miao cuisine

The Miao are an ethnic minority, and admiring the glistening silver jewelry the women wear from head to toe, you may think they are rich. But the Miao lead a hard and simple life in remote mountainous areas of southern and southwestern China. Food on a table doesn't look luxurious even in their holidays and big ceremonies. However the Miao have some unique food that you can't find anywhere else in China.

Colorful glutinous rice

Glutinous rice is the staple food of Miao culture. During holidays a unique colorful rice is prepared for guests. The rice has five different colors: red, yellow, blue, white, and black. The juices of different plants give the rice beautiful colors. It looks beautiful, and tastes deliciously sweet.

The single girls send their lovers the sweet, colorful glutinous rice as a gift. They can place a few different things in the rice basket to tell how they feel about the men. If the man finds a bamboo hook inside, then he knows he will have to buy an umbrella for the girl as a present. A tree branch implies they have no future. A piece of a toon sprout tells they can marry soon. When they get married, the bride and groom will eat glutinous rice paste with the picture of dragon, phoenix, and baby on it.

Oil-tea

A very common Miao beverage is “oil-tea.”Some people have it as their everyday drink. Salt, ginger, and oil are put together with the tea leaves and then fried in a wok. Then add water, and boil them together. With a wooden mallet, the tea leaves are beaten into particles and then everything is boiled for one more moment. The tea is then filtered and mixed together with corn, beans, peanuts, or glutinous rice, and then some spring onions, garlic, and peppers can be added.

After all this, a cup of rich, deep, and mellow oil-tea is ready.

Together with oil-tea, a chopstick is always supplied. If you don't want tea anymore, then just lay the chopstick onto your bowl. If not, you will be continually given tea!

Sour soup

A special sour soup is served all year round. It's made of fermented rice, steamed radishes, and cabbage. The Miao like to cook meat, chicken or fish with this sour soup to make the dishes tasting a bit sour and more delicious.

Spicy flavoring

In ancient times, it was very difficult for the Miao to get salt, so they used hot peppers to add flavor to their dishes and developed a taste for very spicy food. Today, minced and fried chili peppers are the main spices added into Miao dishes.

There are many ways to cook chili peppers. They can be fried or baked, then mixed together with ginger, garlic, wine or soy sauce to achieve different tastes. You can keep the flavoring for long time if you put it into a jar.

Chicken and duck

The Miao like chicken and duck meat, and especially chicken or duck’s heart. The innards are almost always reserved for the elderly and special guests to show respect.

Wine

Wine has a long history among the Miao. Almost every Miao family can make wine at home.

A sweet wine made of glutinous rice and special fruit tastes good and helps digest food. If you visit a Miao village, the local people will entertain you with a whole set of wine service. From the road to their village gate, there are twelve different sites used for this service. You will be a great man if you can drink up all 12 bowls of wine! But no need to be upset if you can't. Use your lips to softly touch the bowl, and with a polite "Dou She Mo," which means "Thank you" in the Miao!” then you can go.

Visit the Miao villages during their holidays, and you can enjoy their exciting singing and dancing performances, along with their fascinating embroidery and silver ornaments like the unique silver earrings. Of course, plenty of wine is served too!

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Include Slow Cookers In Your Cooking

If you really want the best results from your crockpot recipes then you don’t want to go too cheap on your spending. And in the same time it is not necessary that you have a super deluxe model. You’ll need to do a little bit of research here as I’m not just gonna say that you buy a Philippe Richard or a Mirror cooker. It is good to know that you will not have to invest more then $40 for something like this.

In case you pick some of these names: Presto, Fagor, Nesco, Mirro, Cusinart, KitchenAid or Rival, you will be satisfied with the value they provide to you. We always get what we pay for, so stay away from cheap models, unless you really do not want a cooker that will last for years.

Be careful not to choose a lousy pressure cooker that has no feature – it won’t be a good deal. Since you don’t want to rush home to take care of your meal and watch over it, a automatic shut-off and warm feature would be something you really need. Slow cookers can engage a lower warming mode all by themselves. You can see how this helps when you have to serve large meals, it keeps the dishes ready to serve at any time.

When you’ve decided for the brand you want, now choose the size of yuor cookware. It’s easy to see that the most popular sizes for pressure cooker are.5 and 4 quart models. Depending on your family needs, you will be able to choose anything from small to large cookers.

Now as for what you should put into it, you can be as creative as you want. You can’t find the perfect recipe when we talk about cooking with slow cooker. The strength of slow cooker is that it can blend the flavors of several chosen ingredients. The range of choices when it comes to meals you can prepare in a cooker is quite big. From sauces and soups, stews and roasts, it does them all well.

Fast food is over with, and the slow cooked meals are made popular. A delicious meal can be as simple as tossing some ingredients into the pot before everyone leaves for the day.

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The LED Menu Board From Write And Shine

Have you heard about the latest innovation that is sweeping through the catering industry in Europe? Are you aware of what an LED menu board is? I have to say I did not think you would have. OK, so this is where I am here to help; in this article I will be writing about this new form of catering equipment which is a top seller in Asia and the Far East; I hope you enjoy the read.

As stated in the opening paragraph these menu boards are extremely popular in the Far East in countries such as China and Japan; they are also to be regularly seen with catering establishments in many of the Asian countries. Now other small and large catering businesses within Europe have started to realise the benefits of owning such a board. This form of advertising enables a business to really stand out and especially of benefit to bars and restaurants.

So what is an LED menu board? Well it has been called “the future of advertising” and is basically a stunning board where your product/service is promoted to the public via stunning neon light effects. The top quality visual effects will enable your business to become the focal point of the publics attention.

So how much does such a board cost? These menu boards range in price from £35 to £150. The most popular menu board is available at £99 and they can be purchased from the well respected catering equipment UK supplier write and shine:

How much difference will this make to my business?

Well all of the feedback from businesses across the globe has been positive and this is perhaps why it is becoming so popular now throughout the UK and Europe.

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