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Top 10 local dishes in Ningbo    Top 10 desserts

Crystal Sugar Turtle (Bing-tang-jia-yu)
The Soft-shelled Turtle with Crystal Sugar is one of the top 10 local dishes in Ningbo. It first cooked by the Zhuangyuan (Number One Scholar) Mansion.

Legend goes that 100 years ago, there was a small drinkery in the north bank of Yong river shore of Ningbo. The shopkeeper was well known for the dish of Crystal sugar turtle. This dish cooked by him, has the flavor of faint scent, viscous, and both have the salt taste and the sweet taste.

One day, two scholars came to this drinkery for drinking and enjoying the river scenery on their way to the capital for exams. When the servants asked what they wanted.

The two scholars, as the man who comes from a wealthy family, said that:“Just bring all your famous dishes.”

The last dish was Soft-shelled Turtle with Crystal Sugar. It was shining brilliantly and has a delicate fragrance with the head of Soft-shelled Turtle up. Impressed by its gluttonous and savory taste, the two scholars praised the dish highly and asked its name.

With the slight of the exam wardrobe of the two scholars,the smart master said that it is named as "Number One Turtle". Thinking it as a great name, the two scholars left with happiness.

When the exam result came out at the autumn, one of the scholars was the number one scorer. On his way back home after such a great success, he came to the drinkery and ordered the “the Number One Dish”again. He said that the dish contributed to his success of being the number one scholars for its refreshing and bodybuilding efficacy. The master of drinkery made the dish with special efforts for the number one scholar and presented the four treasures of the study for the scholar to make a name for the drinkery.

Being in a good mood, the number one scholar takes the brush pen and wrote“the Number One Scholar Mansion”

Afterwards, “the Number One Scholar Mansion”became a household name in east of Zhejiang province, and the dish became well-known domestically and overseas. Two“the Number One Scholar Mansion”with the name of “Yongjiang the Number One Scholar Mansion”and“Siming Number One Scholar Mansion”also started business in Shanghai later on. Both of them are famous for good skills in cooking the dish.

The soft-shelled turtle cooked with crystal sugar takes on a yellow luster. It tastes glutinous and sleek, integrating the flavors of sweetness, tartness, scent, and saltiness. It retains heat long as the turtle is cooked within the wrapping of the seed powder of Gordon Euryale. The dish contains ample protein, iodine, Fe, vitamin B and so on.

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