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Sticky, sweet treat loved by Qianlong

THE history of yunpiangao, or white square rice cake, can be traced back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It's a traditional sweet snack, similar to a wafer, that often accompanies tea.

In Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, it is a mandatory snack during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Yunpiangao (literally "cloud slice cake") also called xuepiangao (snow slice cake) got its name because of the white color and square shape. The sides are generally 12-centimeters long.

The cake tastes soft and sweet, and it can be preserved for a long time. The slices need to be very thin - each 22-centimeter block of cake can be cut into 140 slices.

It's said the name yunpiangao is relevant to the famous tour by Emperor Qianlong in 1751. A businessman surname Wang invited the emperor to his house and served this snack accompanied with tea. Qianlong liked the nameless snack very much.

At the time it was snowing outside and he was inspired to write the poem Xuepiangao.

The ingredients of yunpiangao include sticky rice, white sugar, oil, almond, sesame and other flavors.

Traditionally, the sticky rice powder needs to be preserved for six months and the skin of the rice should be removed before stir frying.

Liucheng in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is known for its yunpiangao.

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