"Let's crack gua1 zi3 r ..... and sip tea!" Beijing Restaurant Tip by ntm2322
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One of my favorite moments in Beijing is spending a few hours in any teahouse drinking tea and eating traditional snacks. If there is a show going on it will be even better.
Some teahouses however nor serve traditional snacks or put on a show but they definitely have tea and gua1 zi3 r (the good point is that these teahouses are cheaper than the ones I first mentioned).
What is gua1 zi3 r?
Gua1 zi3 r, resembling small fish heads, are simply melon seeds and is one of the most popular snacks the Chinese like to have.
At home, at teahouses, even at the office, anywhere, the Chinese enjoy cracking all kinds of seeds (melon seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.). And peanuts as well.
Many foreigners know, of course, those kinds of seeds but seldom eat them (I believe they do but the unshelled ones). Why? Probably because foreigners are less patient than the Chinese and cracking seeds requires some patience.
And these seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, protein, iron, zinc, essential fatty acids, potassium, magnesium, vitamins E and B, phosphorus, selenium, etc.
Don?t forget, next time you go to the teahouse enjoy the show, enjoy your tea and freely/noisely crack your gua1 zi3 r.
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