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Traditional Chinese Food DIY in SIECA
Time:2018-04-26 16:14 Source:未知 Author:stuex  Click:
On April 22th, Sunday in the No.2 faculty canteen, SIECA held its Food DIY activity. Last semester, the students tried making dumplings with vegetable and pork fillings.This time they challenged themselves with another two delicious Chinese festal food—Qingtuan and Tangyuan. Both of them are sweet dumplings, but the former is mixed with Chinese mugwort.
Members of SIECA haveprepared wellinadvancefor the activity. The hall was decorated with nation flags and colorful balloons. The chairs were arranged and the table was soon tidily set with tools, plates, bowls and ingredientsneeded in the DIY process. 
To make the activity proceed in order, participants were divided into 8 groups. Considering that it might be a quite tough job for some SIECA members, especially for the overseas students, to make Qingtuan and Tangyuan for the first time on their own, there was at least one Chinese student who knew how to make these foods and acted as a guide.
The activity began as all participants were seated at tables. The participants started from Qingtuan. With the water and theflouradded together in the bowl, it took considerable time and efforts for the students to make moist but not sticky dough out of the mixture. After that, they divided the dough into small blocks of the same size. How to stuff the dough blocks with the fillings in a graceful way then became another obstacle standing in the way. The participants, however, have smartly employed their wits to do the difficult job by making slight changes to the shape of the green balls.
During the time of steaming the green sweet balls, participants moved to make another Chinese food Tangyuan. Learning from the experience of making Qingtuan, more creativity was displayed in the food making process this time. Most participants followed the routines: Prepare glutinous rice flour in a bowl and slowly add hot water until they mix into dough. Pinch small blocks off the dough and roll them into small balls. Finally,wrap the fillings into each glutinous rice balls. Some participants, however, discovered the alternative usage of the fillings as pigment toadd simple patterns to the balls, such as a smiling face of a girl or andalovely face of a panda. 
Finally, the foods were ready to be served! Having the steaming Qingtuan and Tangyuan on the table, students could not wait to enjoy the fruits of their own labor. Although some Qingtuan looked odd and awkward in shape, they tasted really delicious,partly due to the great sense of achievement and fulfillment. 
After the satisfactory degustation of the DIY food, the activity ended with the last part –exchange of handwriting cards. It is time for participants to share their life experiences and write down their wishes to each other. The hall was filled with happy laughter and cheerful voices in a warm and peaceful atmosphere. 
Happy time really flied. The food DIY activity came to its end. However, the wonderful tastes of the Qingtuan and Tangyuan made by our own and the amusing making process with joint effort of every group member will be treasured in our memory.