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Learn with me: Making Laba porridge

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Laba porridge is also known as Five Flavors porridge or Seven Treasures porridge. Obviously, the success of this dish depends on its ingredients and flavor.

In Beijing, Laba porridge is traditionally made by first rinsing glutinous millet, white rice, millet, water chestnuts, unhulled millet, red cowpeas, and red jujubes to remove any dirt or grit. These basic ingredients are then simmered together over low heat until done. Shelled walnuts, almonds, melon seeds, peanuts, pinenuts, hazelnuts, raisins, white sugar, and brown sugar are then added to taste, creating a delicious and visually appealing holiday treat. Some family carve miniature likenesses of people or animals out of red jujubes or shelled walnuts to put in the Laba porridge, adding even more festivity to the holiday celebration.

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