By TraNews Reporter
TAICHUNG CITY, Taiwan
(TraNews) – Lantern Festival is another important festival for Chinese society and having yuanxiao becomes one tradition on that special day. However, do you know the origin of yuanxiao?
Legend has it that yuanxiao started since Nan Dynasty of China. However, yuanxiao at that period of time was only an embryo. It was until Sung Dynasty that yuanxiao became more like yuanxiao nowadays.
People tend to mix up yuanxiao and tangyuan. Tangyuan is white and red with no stuffing. As for yuanxiao, it has both salty and sweet stuffing. Normally, you can have flavors like meat, sesame, peanut, red bean paste, etc. People in northern and southern China have different methods making yuanxiao. If you have the chance to try 2 different styles of yuanxiao, you will know the difference.
For the upcoming Lantern Festival, you can consider make yuanxiao on your own or simply purchase a box of yuanxiao in supermarket.