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MY LOVE FOR CHAOZHOU
China
by Chen Yiying (Rosalind)


Hello, my name is Yiying, but my English name is Rosalind. I took up the former name because many people refer to me as a Ďroseí or like a certain delicate flower.

But more important than that, I want to talk today with all of you about my hometown. The most beautiful place on earth, Chaozhou. A special place in Southern China thatís like heaven to me. And why is it special?

Because itís a city all my own and moreover, I want to talk about our traditional Ďbeef ballí. Friends, you canít beat it!

The shape of it is not only circular, and most importantly, people make this recipe in a very a slow way. Itís a tiresome motion.

However, this dish cannot be prepared too fast. It needs the art of perfection.

First, you need to put the beef in a basin after marinating and making it into the shape of a big ball! Get the image, right! Then, with a rolling pin you beat it. Those experts who make it, have to do this for three-whole hours, wow!

Thereís a another specialty in my hometown, the bittern duck. Yeah baby! Itís the principal staple of the Chaozhou culture, made and eaten during Spring Festival. Locals also take a long time in making it. The steps are too many. Starting with the bittern water and making it with 20 more ingredients: from salt to pepper. However, the most important element of the duck is to keep that skin soft and tender. Yeah, nice, juicy and fatty. Importantly is the taste of the duck, that is: fresh and soft.

Finally, we can talk about the third and most important dish. Do you know? Yes, it is fruit, of course. The Chaozhou mandarin orange is too special. This particular mandarin orange is too small, but at the same time, tactile in its feel. Itís concave-convex. The skin is so thin and itís full of natural sweetness, making it almost syrupy and with great zest.

Chaozhou is the perfect place for me and it can be for you. Just take a trip and youíll enjoy our gorgeous environment. Then the foods, which you all can already try three different foods and delicacies, etc. But not only that, itís the place itself. Full of love, food, the environment, ceramics/pottery and most importantly, its people. All of them are almost perfect. Iím sure that youíll indulge in it for the first time and I guarantee, it wonít be your last!


If You Go:

www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g303698-Chaozhou_Guangdong-Vacations.html

www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/guangdong/chaozhou/


Photographs:

various Internet sources and Wikipedia.


Contributor's Bio:

Rosalind is a 15-year old young lady and native from Chaozhou, Guangdong. Her target is to study in the EHL (Switzerland), thatís the university of her dreams. About her hometown, she expresses, ďI want to say, I love it! There are hundreds of foods here and the places are also beautiful and famous. Chaozhou has a great tradition for people, food and those who come here fall in love with it!Ē