Reganmian is a typical Wuhan snack. TUCHONG
People have been lining up at snack shops in Wuhan since the city was unlocked on April 8. Many are eager to buy the city’s signature dish – shaomai – a pork-filled dumpling stuffed into a deep-fried shell.
自武汉4月8日“解封”以来，人们便在小吃店排起了长队。许多人都想买到这座城市的一款标志性小吃 —— 烧麦 —— 这是一种外皮煎炸、内裹猪肉馅料的包子。
Wuhan snacks are no longer popular only within the city, but have gained popularity nationwide. On Sina Weibo, Wuhan snacks, including hot dry noodles, doupi and spicy duck neck were among the most searched topics in recent weeks.
According to the website China Travel Guide, Wuhan is “a paradise for those who live to eat rather than eat to live”.
Snacks in this city are unique and delicious. Doupi is made up of sticky rice and beef, egg, mushrooms and beans. Wrapped in a coating of soy skin, it is then fried to give a soft filling and a crispy outer layer. Hot dry noodles are dry noodles mixed with sesame paste, and spicy seasoning, which will whet people’s appetite.
“There are many places to visit in Wuhan ... But not having a bowl of hot dry noodles is a real pity!” CCTV anchor Zhu Guangquan said in an online event supporting Hubei food producers on April 6.
It is not a coincidence that many people have suddenly shown such enthusiasm in Wuhan’s popular dishes recently.
For Chinese people, food is not only for subsistence, but is also tied to people’s collective memory and sense of identity. As CGTN noted, demand for Wuhan snacks is indicative of “people’s empathy to and their solidarity with Wuhan residents”.