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Major Cold (大寒, Dàhán) is the coldest time of the year in the lunar calendar. This year’s Major Cold starts on Jan. 20. Here are a few popular dishes in China to warm up during Major Cold!

  1. 1 Eight-Treasure Rice Pudding


    This pudding is usually made up of sticky rice with lotus seeds, jackfruit and red dates. Glutinous rice is considered high in calories and suitable for the winter. 

    The benefits of rice pudding are strengthening the spleen and nourishing the blood.

  2. 2 Stewed Beef Brisket with Tomatoes and Potatoes


    Craving a hot dish? Try this delicious beef stew mixed with tomatoes and potatoes! 

    Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins and boost digestive health. A popular dish in Northern China, this stew contains various nutrients that are good for the immune system and anemia.

  3. 3 Chicken Soup


    No, not the American chicken noodle soup. If you’re not feeling the beef stew, try this! 

    This soup is popular in Nanjing and includes ingredients such as ginseng, wolfberry and black fungus. 

    Ginseng is thought to increase energy and regulate sugar levels, reducing the chances of catching the flu during the winter. Wolfberries, also known as Goji berries, are a superfood as they are high in vitamins A and C, along with antioxidants. 

    Try out this recipe.

  4. 4 Sweet Potatoes


    Sweet potatoes are common ingredients in many Chinese dishes. It can be eaten by itself roasted or mixed into dishes such as sweet potato ginger soup or sweet potato steamed buns

    Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

  5. 5 Tangerines


    If you’re looking for a simple snack, tangerines are the go-to fruit during the cold months. 

    These sweet and tangy fruits are not only appetizing, but they also regulate qi, the vital energy coined by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tangerines are known to improve brain, skin and heart health.


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