Fried Liangxiang Chestnuts

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Fried Liangxiang Chestnuts


Fried Liangxiang chestnuts used to be very popular in autumn in the past. At that time, itinerant peddlers hawked here and there with loads including steel hearth, big wok, slice and firewood. In addition, they also erected a red-paper signboard, which read Authentic Liangxiang Chestnuts. When dark fell, they would light an oil lamp. This scene was recorded in a poem in Hankou Zhuzhici (an ancient book recording stories about Wuhan), which read: an oil lamp lit the peddlers frying chestnuts, flame was leaping while firewood was dying; eight qian (a monetary unit in the past) was exchanged for four liang (a weight unit in the past); however, what was tasted first was not its daintiness, but its sound. Liangxiang chestnuts have thin shells that are easy to be removed when well fried. Besides, its sarcocarp is fine and sticky and has high sugar content. Therefore, the peddlers often boast that they are selling the authentic Liangxiang chestnuts