In his essay "Food in his Hometown", Mr. Wang Zengqi mentioned a snack in his hometown: fried rice. It is said that fried rice is a craft in his hometown. Every year at the end, some people carry a large sieve, hold a long handle shovel, and go through town to make fried rice.
This reminds me of rice candy I ate when I was a kid.
When I was a child, food was scarce. Only when the children were up until the Chinese New Year did they have the opportunity to open their belly and eat snacks. The most impressive is a few meters of sugar. Unlike Mr. Wang's hometown, the rice candy we eat for the Chinese New Year is made at home. Only in the New Year, every household only makes rice candy.
The beginning of spring, the sky is long, and the day is longer than the day.
Every year, when the mother starts to say these words, Mi Tang will make a grand debut. After all this day, after the kitchen was fried and fried, the adults brought out a little rice or bud beans, and that was to make rice candy.
The process of making rice candy is simple. The first is fried rice. Prepare a pound of rice, stir fry in a small iron pot, and fry the white rice crispy and brown, yellow but not burnt, the rice is firm but not hard, bright and clear, and you can cook it. Then, turn the sugar into a brown-red syrup and stir it with the fried rice evenly. While the rice sugar is still soft, spread it out on a chopping board, let it cool and wait for the rice sugar. After it is hardened, cut it into rectangles with a kitchen knife, and the rice sugar is ready. The children held their hands and chewed. The rice was sweet and the sugar was sweet. They could eat a lot at a time. Adults are afraid that their children will eat too much and bulge their stomachs, so they put rice candy in cloth bags, hang them on the beams, or freeze them outside, take a few pieces out every day, and they can eat until the New Year's Eve.
As far as I remember, rice was a rarity at that time, and the staple food was mostly bulgur noodles. There is no rice to make rice candy. Bud bean is not as easy to fry as rice. Pulling the bellows to burn coal foam will fry the skin and coke, making it hard to bite. Therefore, when using glutinous beans to make rice candy, you must add a few pieces of good coal, and wait patiently for the coal to pass through. When the temperature in the furnace is hot, put the beans in the pan. Without white sugar for rice sugar, cut beet and radish into pieces at home and boil it in a pot over high heat. Sometimes it takes a whole day to prepare the rice sugar ingredients. Rice sugar made from husk beans and beet radish is more caramel and chewy than rice sugar made from rice and caster sugar. A child with short teeth has a hard time biting a piece and can stick off milk teeth.
When the year is up, when children start to make fried rice with rice, children who set off firecrackers and snowmen outside can smell the smell of fried rice from a distance. Regardless of the wildness, they rushed home and quickly surrounded the pot. Wait a minute. Wait, wait, it ’s really horrible. After waiting for the glutinous beans to stick to the sugar, I secretly stretch out my little hand, pick up two beans, and throw them into my mouth quickly. My teeth are grinned and chewed loudly. . For children, looking forward to eating rice candy is looking forward to the New Year. Have rice candy to eat, it is the New Year.
In his article, Mr. Wang Lao said: When the cold weather is freezing, the poor relatives and friends come to the door, soak a large bowl of fried rice and give it to their hands. A small dish of ginger sauce is the best way to warm the old and to help the poor.
Why not just warm the old and the poor? Rice candy, which is not worth a few bucks, also sweetened my whole childhood.