Introduction: An old saying in China is “carps leading into the dragon’s door.’’ It means that if the carps are able to jump over the door, they will become the new dragon, if they cannot, they will always be fish. These ancient proverbs and legends have encouraged millions of Chinese to be enthusiastic and to work hard in order to eventually become the dragon in the Chinese heart. The Chinese dragon, the most famous animal in history, is a symbol of the culture and nation. Nowadays, even with the development of new technology and science, every generation of Chinese students still called themselves “the descendants of the dragon.” Because of the three important reasons, the Chinese dragon can be the most popular and famous icon in china. Enjoy the photos from Steaming!!! Having grown up in a big family with famous chefs for generations ever since my grand grand-father, I was inborn with the mission of keeping the inheritance of traditional food culture. At the age of 10, I started to publish articles on Chinese Literature Song QING Ling Foundation. I used to combine culture and history together. Besides getting to know the food cooking skills and the history stories behinds them, I also wanted to study the vicissitudes and protection of traditional culture. Influenced by my past experience, I would like to blend literature with culture in my study.
Name: Steamed Seabass--- Qing Zheng Lu Yu( 清蒸鲈鱼）
Spring Onions, ginger and garlic and salt.
Step1. Steaming the Seabass as a skin, I put a lot of vegetables, such as leaks and Spring Onions, and then roll them into the fish.
Step2. My grandfather gave me a very big Seabass, which was cut in pieces. I put some vegetables in the seabass’s body, and put all of them in the bowl.
Step3. The vegetable stir-fry provides all the vitamins, cellulose and protein people need.
Step4, let's wait for 15 minutes
Vitamin A, 130 IV Carotene, beta 42 ug Choline, total 3 mg Cryptoxanthin 1ug
Ash 45g Folate 2ug
Sugars total 5g potassium 43ug
Total dietary 1g
Food history blackground stories:
First, as an imaginary animal in the ancient times, the Chinese dragon has easily become the people’s symbol for hope and a bright future. One trait of the Chinese dragon is that it is different animal parts; these include the horse, the cow, the snake and all the animals in people’s lives. In fact, during a low period in the Chinese feudal society, the people also had the same experiences and difficulties, as many farmers had; they naturally asked for help from nature. Finally, they wanted to create the usual animals to help them solve the problems. For example: when the droughts had been with Chinese for many centuries, it was the animals that could make the clouds and rains are that were the entire desire of Chinese heart. During the middle of Tang Dynasty, greater disaster and troubles frequently came into their lives. For the ancient Chinese, happiness and enjoyment were found in having enough food, staying with the family members and getting a good sleep. But the drought lasted many years; it means that a lot of people died of hunger and cold. Finally, a big Chinese dragon opened his big mouth and make big rain to save all lives of the people. The relationship between the big dragon and Chinese is similar to the patron and the people on the earth. After the big rain, most of the Chinese people had enough food to eat and to save their lives, so the Chinese emperor named the day of the Rainy in the Year of Dragon Head; it became a famous festival to honor the rainy dragon. Many years later, Chinese can remember this dragon and celebrate the festival.
Secondly, another important reason for the dragon to become the most popular icon in Chinese history came from how the dragon culture and the Chinese traditional food culture came together and interacted with each other in surprising ways. Almost every festival has its special food to commemorate the history. For example: after the rainy festival, people needed to eat the traditional food—“fine noodles.” Using the flour and salt as the main ingredients, the cooks begin to make the noodles as long as the dragon whiskers. Since some people argued that the fine noodles should not have had a thousand year history, the historians have found the ancient food records of the Tang Dynasty to prove that noodles and the Chinese dragon were in the same time. Long before every generation of Chinese children were able to go to school to study Chinese history and literature, they got their information and communicated with each other by eating the fine noodles and listening to the Chinese dragon history. Essentially, the Chinese dragon, with its mysterious, special and interesting features, was invented the thousands years ago, it has been used as one of the important parts of the Chinese culture.
Finally, one of the main branches of Chinese traditional philosophy, the Confucians, has had a great relationship with the Chinese dragon culture. The question involved whether the Chinese emperors had held their great power over the country from the Chinese dragon culture; this thought of Confucians is a complex issue that has included two thousand years and billions of people. For example: in ancient China, during thousands of years, emperors still thought their families were the sons of the heaven. Every Chinese lived in the empire and called the emperors the real dragon; the public tell down on the ground and prostrated themselves in worship. Because this feudal society lasted in china for about two thousand years, the Chinese continue to show great respect for the dragon.