A Taste of Home: A family as united as a clump of shiitake mushrooms

With winding rivers and lush woods, Puding County in southwest China's Guizhou Province is blessed by nature to produce all kinds of mushrooms.

When I visited a mushroom greenhouse, which can be seen everywhere in the county, I met Tang Jinjiang, a local man who taught me to pick out shiitake mushrooms that are big and thick in texture.

He said shiitake mushrooms were a must-have dish for the reunion dinner during the Spring Festival with his family, and he invited me to taste them at his home.

As Chinese New Year is around the corner, all members of the Tang family had come back home and I found a big family welcoming me.

Second oldest sister Tang Youzhen (L) prepares to make fried tofu and shiitake mushrooms. /CGTN Photo

Second oldest sister Tang Youzhen (L) prepares to make fried tofu and shiitake mushrooms. /CGTN Photo

In the kitchen, Tang Jinjiang's second oldest sister, Tang Youzhen, was cooking fried tofu and shiitake mushrooms. She said that her father started making tofu after being discharged from military service and as the family love eating shiitake mushrooms, the dish had become a family specialty.

Living in a secluded mountainous area, all family members work hard to earn a better life. The family's two oldest sisters took the lead and worked on business outside of the home. After accumulating some money, they taught their younger siblings to do business one by one.

Members of the Tang family depend on each other, be it for advancing personal careers or inheriting the family taste. They are closely united just like shiitake mushrooms growing in clumps.

At the dinner table, family members shared their joys and sorrows and cared for each other. As I eat a piece of shiitake mushroom, I know it is exactly the taste of home.

Reporter: Li Yimei

Scriptwriters:  Wu Yan, Li Yimei

Editor: Wu Yan

Cover image designer: Sa Ren

Executive producers: Zhang Xiaohe, Ai Yan

Producer: Si Nan

Supervisor: Pang Xinhua