Five famous Guangdong snacks at the Guangfu Temple Fair
Geng Siyuan

‍For Guangzhou people, nothing represents the charm of the city better than food. 

And that explains the popularity of the food section at The Guangfu Temple Fair. 

This year, more than 20 well-known catering enterprises have joined the food exhibition on Huifu East Road.

With 40 yuan (about 6 U.S. dollars), you can buy up to three or four kinds of snacks of the hundreds of kinds of foods on display. We will introduce five signature snacks originating from Guangdong, including Zhu Song Fen, Ginger milk pudding, Lo Mai Gai, stewed beef meatballs with orange peels, and pork knuckles with ginger stew.

Crowds at the 2019 Guangfu Temple Fair.

Crowds at the 2019 Guangfu Temple Fair.

Zhu Song Fen

"Zhu Song" means bamboo in Chinese and "fen" means rice noodle. There is not a single bit of bamboo in the ingredients, though. People hang thin rice-made pancakes on bamboos and let them dry, then cut them into shapes of noodles. And somehow, this is how the snack got its name.

Rice noodles being prepared. /VCG Photo

Rice noodles being prepared. /VCG Photo

Ginger milk pudding

It originated from the city of Shunde in Guangdong and is now served in cities such as Fuoshan, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, and the two special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macao. It's easy to DIY. Here's how: Boil the milk to 70 to 80 degrees Celsius. As a parameter, you can see bubbles coming up when it hits 60 Celsius. Add sugar and ginger juice, with a 1 to 10 ratio of juice to milk. Wait for 2 to 4 minutes, and it's done. 

Ginger milk pudding. /VCG Photo

Ginger milk pudding. /VCG Photo

Lo Mai Gai

"Lo Mai Gai" is Cantonese. "Lo Mai" means sticky rice and "gai" means chicken. The rice and the meat are wrapped in dried lotus leaves and steamed. In North America, banana or grape leaves are sometimes used instead.

Glutinous rice with chicken. /VCG Photo

Glutinous rice with chicken. /VCG Photo

Stewed beef meatballs with orange peels 

One little tip for you if you wish to make this one at home: Do use already boiled water when you put the meatballs in the pot as this will make sure that the texture is at its best. Don't put them in with water that's not boiled yet. 

Stewed beef meatballs with orange peels. /VCG Photo

Stewed beef meatballs with orange peels. /VCG Photo

Pork knuckles and ginger stew

The story behind this one is that it is traditionally served for new mothers in Guangzhou to gain strength and health, and presented to friends and family to inform them that a new baby has arrived.

Pork knuckles and ginger stew. /VCG Photo

Pork knuckles and ginger stew. /VCG Photo