Sweet Fermented Rice


During the hot and humid rainy season, residents in Jiangnan (the region south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River) turn to a bowl of sweet fermented rice to cool off.


Sweet fermented rice embodies the rich culinary heritage of Jiangnan. [Photo/WeChat account: shanghaitourism]

This traditional dish has a history spanning over 1,000 years in Jiangnan. It is deeply ingrained in the culinary culture of Shanghai and surrounding regions.

The dish boasts a semi-transparent appearance with a milky white or light yellow hue, exuding a strong rice fragrance that is both sweet and refreshing. Not only is this dish delightful to eat, but it is also nutritious and popular among locals.

The fermented rice in Shanghai's Chongming Island is famous for its exceptional taste and aroma. This is thanks to the island's fertile lands, mild climate, clean water sources, and high-quality rice varieties.


A dessert favored by Shanghai locals: Glutinous rice balls and osmanthus in fermented rice wine. [Photo/WeChat account: shanghaitourism]

Whether enjoyed on its own or incorporated into other dishes, sweet fermented rice remains a culinary treasure that continues to tantalize taste buds.


Sources: "shanghaitourism" WeChat account, Shanghai Dongming Brewing Co Ltd, Shanghai Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Centre