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Ximeng Food

Ximeng Wa Autonomous County(西盟佤族自治县) was established in March 5, 1965, it is inhabited by the Wa border counties of Yunnan Province, Pu'er City (formerly Simao, was renamed in 2007) administer the county, located in the southwestern border province, adjacent to the west and Myanmar. It is 625 kilometers away from the provincial capital Kunming, Pu'er City 225 kilometers; the border line is 89.33 kilometers. There are a large number of ethnic groups in Ximeng Wa Autonomous County, so the dishes are rich and unique such as Buckwheat(米荞), Sour Bamboo Shoot Braises Fish(酸笋烩鱼), Sticky Rice Cake of Lahu People(拉祜糯米糕) and so on. You can enjoy yourself in Ximeng Wa Autonomous County.


Buckwheat(米荞)

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds, and also used as a cover crop. To distinguish it from a related species, Fagopyrum tataricum that is also cultivated as a grain in the Himalayas, primarily in Nepal, Bhutan and India, and from the less commonly cultivated Fagopyrum acutatum, it is also known as Japanese buckwheat and silverhull buckwheat. Despite the name, buckwheat is not related to wheat, as it is not a grass. Instead, buckwheat is related to sorrel, knotweed, and rhubarb. Because its seeds are eaten and rich in complex carbohydrates, it is referred to as a pseudocereal. The cultivation of buckwheat grain declined sharply in the 20th century with the adoption of nitrogen fertilizer that increased the productivity of other staples.


Sour Bamboo Shoot Braises Fish(酸笋烩鱼)

It is a popular food in Simao area which is sour, hot and fresh. It is cooked as follows: scale the fish and take out the inside organs first and then fry the sour bamboo-shoot cooked before put into the water. After the water boiling, we could put the fish into it together with the condiments like scallion, ginger, pepper, Chinese prickly ash and monosodium glutamate, etc.


Sticky Rice Cake of Lahu People(拉祜糯米糕)

Cook the sticky rice. Pound until smooth (If you don't have a large mortar for pounding rice, you can place the rice in a sack and pound with a rock). Cook and grind white or black sesame seeds and use the powder to cover a large bamboo mat or other pan. Form the rice into small cakes and place on the sesame-covered mat. The cakes can be eaten immediately or left to dry for one or two days. Once dried, the cakes can be cut into small pieces and fried. Sticky-rice cakes are usually eaten with fried pork. During the New Year's Festival these cakes are given to friends or guests as souvenirs.

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