A Bite of China English Version “The story of Chinese staple food“Yellow steamed bun

yellow bun

These diverse and delicate foods remind people of the women’s nimble fingers and rich imagination.

When the women in the Ding Village are busy preparing a birthday feast, a fragrance of flour floats out from a cave house on the loess plateau.
Huang Guosheng, a Suide native, just got a tray of yellow buns steamed.
Processed by Huang, the glutinous millet becomes sweet and tasty.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven Eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve,
Huang Guosheng From the lunar November on, he would ride 1.5 hours to the county town every three days to sell the buns.

yellow bun

I’m 58. I need to work hard.
Hello. I’m at Dengjialou.
Suide County, Shaanxi Suide County sits in the hilly-gully areas in Northern Shaanxi.
Today, minor cereals and wheat are the main ingredients on the table.
Local people make them into diverse dishes.
Yellow steamed bun, Yellow steamed bun, Yellow steamed bun of Northern Shaanxi, Yellow steamed bun, I’m from Kangjiagou.
No. 1 in Suide, My yellowed steamed buns are the best.
Yellow steamed bun. One yuan.
No problem!
I’ve been selling yellow steamed buns for more than 7 years.
At first, my customers can get one free if they buy 10 buns.
I could earn 0.5 yuan then.
The buns taste good.
I sold them out very quickly.

Suide is rich in the glutinous millet resources.
The yellow steamed buns are made with this main ingredient.
Due to its drought-enduring nature, glutinous millet became the most important crop on the loess plateau.
It was planted along the Yellow River regions more than 8,000 years ago.
If the glutinous millet is directly steamed, it doesn’t taste good enough.
But it used to be the most popular staple food for people in Northern Shaanxi.
There are two types of glutinous millets, the hard and the soft.
Huang Guosheng mingles the two based on this proportion.

70% hard glutinous millets and 30% the soft kind, dip them in water over a night and then grind them up on a millstone.

He would then use a sieve to get rid of the rough grains.

Huang firmly believes that the glutinous millet powdered by a machine lags far behind those ground up on his millstone.

Fried glutinous millet produces natural fragrance.

It’s a recipe that Huang feels most proud of.

After kneading the glutinous millet flour, Huang would put it in a big jar for fermentation for a night.

Experience taught Huang to wrap up the jars with quilts to make the buns tastier.

Huang’s home, a cave house, is the most traditional dwelling format on the loess plateau in China.
It has a history of over 4,000 years.
For the hardworking farmers here, their basic wish is to renovate a cave into a home and marry a wife.
That’s how a life gets complete.

Huang and his wife can make 700 buns every time.
Grinding up, kneading and fermentation, the whole process takes 3 days.
The couple works from 3 am through 9 pm.
By working hard, we earn money.
Lazy people can never make money.
Nine, ten, eleven Twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen Huang’s buns are good-tasting.
And Huang is an honest businessman.
One yuan for each bun, no bargain!
20 yuan. It’s difficult to make them.

I’m making hard money here.
Yellow steamed bun, Yellow steamed bun.
In the coldest two months of a year, Huang can sell 15,000 buns.
Taking into account the cost, he can earn 8,000 yuan in a winter.
Huang has a son and a daughter.
Both have settled down in the city.
They no longer work on the farmland.
But Huang doesn’t want to leave.
Living in his cave house and eating the food he plants, Huang feels satisfied with his life.
thousands of years, Chinese people gain food and clothing from the five cereals.
The feeling of satisfaction brought by these carbohydrates is just provided by millions of hardworking farmers like Huang.

this is the first story of China staple Yellow steamed bun!

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