Chinese Traditional Stories for Seasonal Foods

This is a note from my Chinese teacher, Summer, to teach you a little about the Chinese season, San Fu, translated “It’s seriously hot around here.” (My personal, somewhat loose, translation)


July 14th, 2011, based on the Chinese calendar, it’s the 1st day of the hottest season in a year. We call the hottest days “三(sān)伏(fú)”.

On a different day, we eat different food~

“三(sān)伏(fú)”: Total is 30 days and separated into 3 groups, each 10 days is one group.

Jiaozi. Chinese dumplings.

1. The 1st day of 1st Group: 2011. 7. 14. – We eat “饺(jiǎo)子(zi)” -dumpling

Story: In ancient China, people felt it was very hard to spend the hot days in summer. 饺(jiǎo)子(zi) was the luxury food that time, so they wanted to pray for a safe period during hard summer by a nice meal. Also the 伏(fú) in 三(sān)伏(fú) is the same prononciation with Chinese 福(fú) which means happiness, lucky, all the best wishes, and 饺(jiǎo)子(zi) is like an odd-shaped gold. The meaning is the happiness, lucky, all the best wishes in 饺(jiǎo)子(zi) ^^

Chinese Noodle Soup

2. The 1st day of 2nd Group: 2011. 7. 24 – We eat “面(miàn)条(tiáo)” – noodle

Story: The noodle is the noodle in hot soup. Why Chinese people eat hot food in hot weather? That’s because when the season comes to the 三(sān)伏(fú), all farmers just collected the flour. The new flour is very healthy, also the bad things and heat in our body can be removed by sweating. Because of that, also can mean we hope we can stop the bad things away.

Chinese Egg Wrap

3. The 1st day of 3rd Group: 2011. 8. 13 – We eat “饼(bing)和(hé)鸡(jī)蛋(dàn)” -Chinese pizza and fried eggs

Story: In ancient China, the hens will have a rest during hottest season until the 3rd Group when the weather becomes a little cool. So this period the new eggs are very delicious.

In fact, Chinese people mainly eat rice, but during hottest days, they prefer eating flour foods.

I hope all of you have a very nice summer and enjoy the fun of Chinese traditional stories!!

** Summer **

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