Fermented glutinous rice is served in pretty much similar ways in all areas. The simplest way is to eat it right after it’s ready. But the freshly brewed rice is slightly warm and tastes a bit sour. It’ll be more delicious when completely cools. Of all snacks involving fermented glutinous rice, the easiest one is boiled eggs with the rice. To make the snack, all you need to do is mix fermented glutinous rice with water and add eggs into it when it comes to the boil. The snack tastes sour and sweet, with a strong wine aroma. Other snacks include the famous sweet dumplings with fermented glutinous rice, a delicacy in Ningbo. What’s interesting about this snack is the small size and multiple fillings of the sweet dumplings that are smaller than a thumb.
Medical science shows that fermented glutinous rice has the adjuvant function of supplementing vital energy and nourishing blood. It also stimulates the secretion of digestive glands, promotes appetite and helps digestion. Meanwhile, fermented glutinous rice is very nutritious and best suits middle to old aged people, pregnant women and those just given birth as well as people in poor health.
In many parts of China, it is a tradition to serve fermented glutinous rice to women after labor and those just recovered from a disease. Fermented glutinous rice is also capable of quenching thirst, relieving heat, boosting blood circulation and skin softening.
Fish stewed in fermented glutinous rice and eggplants stewed in fermented glutinous rice are widely popular home dishes.