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Villagers in Qionghai use readily available ingredients on their land to make traditional snacks. The most commonly used ingredient is coconut. They also use some edible leaves, roots and stems as ingredients.  Some of these traditional cakes are really delicious.

qionghai traditional snacks

The younger generation are not willing to learn the skill and find it a hassle to make traditional cakes. They prefer to buy them if they crave for it.

At a friend’s fine dining restaurant in Haikou, he offers some of the traditional cakes from our hometown. My friend introduced me to some cakes that I have never seen nor tasted before. He has made some adjustments to suit the taste of his young diners.

Below are two traditional snacks that use simple ingredients on our land to produce yummy food.

Qionghai Chicken Poop Creeper Leaf Dumpling   鸡屎藤树叶饼

Qionghai leaf dumplings

These are traditional glutinous rice cakes, but he added chicken poop creeper juice to the skin. Each cake is sandwiched between two edible leaves. The filling is coconut shreds and coconut sugar. His glutinous rice cakes are chewy and do not stick to your teeth when you eat. The coconut filling is not too sweet which is good for my elderly relatives.

Qionghai Mugwort Leaf Dumpling   琼海艾叶树叶饼

qionghai leaf dumpling

Featured above is another version of our leaf dumpling. You can find this in one of our tea houses in Jiaji town. It does not look pretty because it is a common man’s snack. The glutinous rice skin has Mugwort leaf juice added to it. The filling is a little different because they added black eye peas to it. I could savor the original taste of the ingredients as no sugar was added.

These traditional cakes are simple to make too. I learn to make some while I was back home in my hometown. We use ingredients that are grown on our land. Our Hainanese ancestors are so innovative and wise to make use of readily available produce.

I would have difficulty replicating these snacks in Singapore due to the lack of  some ingredients. But I will try, so my son and relatives in Singapore can have a taste of Qionghai traditional snacks.

琼海树叶饼

分享我们琼海家乡的特色美食。独特风味的树叶饼是传统小吃。它保留了树叶的原味,吃起来非常的清香。菠萝蜜叶子包的树叶饼,香甜软糯,椰丝馅料美味不死甜。树叶饼所用的食材都是能从我们的田地采来的。

鸡屎藤树叶饼取鸡屎藤汁混合糯米粉做成粿皮。椰丝馅料只加了一些椰糖。

艾叶树叶饼取艾叶汁混合糯米粉加水做成。椰丝馅料还加了眉豆。馅包好做成扁球形,用菠萝蜜叶子两面夹住后蒸熟。趁热吃,时间长了会变硬不好吃。

虽然在家乡学做树叶饼,不过在新加坡可能找不到原食材。但是为了让儿子和长辈们尝尝琼海小吃,我还是得试一试。

 

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