Received in late June via Postcrossing private swap. Thanks Bianca! ^^
Wow, in the envelope I found three shaped cards showing the famous Nanjing food. :D
金陵湯包 Tangbao of Jinling
Tangbao is a large, soup-filled baozi originated from Kaifeng, China. Two forms exist. The first looks similar to normal baozi and the second is steamed in a bamboo steamer. The former is more traditional and is eaten by biting it open to empty its liquid by spoon. The other is more modern and the liquid is first directly drunk with a straw, and the flour skin eaten afterwards.
鴨血粉絲 Duck blood and vermicelli soup
Duck blood and vermicelli soup is a traditional delicacy of Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, and is also eaten in other regions of China.
It is said that once there was a poor man in Nanjing. He killed a duck and used a bowl to hold the duck’s blood, but accidentally dropped some vermicelli into the bowl. He cooked them together and surprisingly found that the soup was delicious. A rich man heard the story and employed the poor man to cook the dish for his family. The soup has been popular ever since.
Duck blood, vermicelli, dried fried tofu, dried small shrimp, duck gizzards, duck intestines, duck livers, shallots, ginger, sesame oil, caraway, (and possibly some other ingredients) are used to make the soup.
Authentic duck blood and vermicelli soup is cooked with more than twenty Chinese herbal medicines. Some of those who prepare it this way believe that these ingredients promote blood circulation, remove toxins and maintain beauty, as well as aiding digestion and warming the stomach.
I’ve never tried this dish >_<…I still find it weird to eat blood. >_<
雞鳴寺 Jiming Temple
This temple was already introduced in another post: https://dameai.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/%E5%8D%97%E4%BA%AC%E9%9B%9E%E9%B3%B4%E5%AF%BA-jiming-temple-nanjing-china/