Minor Cold: A sugary feast to get through the freezing winter
Updated 16:59, 08-Jan-2019

Minor Cold, or “Xiaohan” in Chinese on the lunar calendar, is the beginning of the coldest period of the year for most areas of China. This year's Minor Cold falls on January 5 and starts at 11:39 p.m. (BJT). Eight-treasure rice pudding or "babaofan" in Mandarin is a special sweet rice dish enjoyed during Chinese holiday meals including Minor Cold and Chinese New Year dinner. The name “eight treasures" comes from the "eight" key ingredients that this delicious dessert has.