Spring has finally arrived in Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang province after a bitterly cold winter, and along with the warm weather comes seasonal delicacies that promise to tantalize the palate.
Qingbing and steamed glutinous pudding. [Photo/WeChat account: zjzsqdxq]
Qingbing, or green sticky rice pancakes that usually come with sweet fillings, is one of the most popular foods in Zhoushan in spring. It is usually made from glutinous rice mixed with pounded mugwort, which is an edible wild herb that can prevent insect bites.
Fried rice cake with milk vetch. [Photo/WeChat account: zjzsqdxq]
Milk vetch is an edible wild herb. Fried rice cake with milk vetch is a popular dish among residents during spring.
Spring bamboo shoots
Spring bamboo shoots. [Photo/WeChat account: zjzsqdxq]
Bamboo shoots are rich in various amino acids and vitamins. Braising them with pork or shrimp best brings out the flavor of this seasonal delicacy.
Chinese toon sprout
Fried eggs with Chinese toon sprouts. [Photo/WeChat account: zjzsqdxq]
It is a tradition to eat Chinese toon sprouts in spring. Just like a durian, this vegetable is an acquired taste as it can be incredibly pungent. Fried eggs with toon sprouts is a popular dish among locals.
Putuo Mountain Buddha tea
Putuo Mountain Buddha tea. [Photo/WeChat account: zjzsqdxq]
Putuo Mountain Buddha tea, which was recognized as a national geographical indication product in 2020, is also a seasonal product only available in spring.