Students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Film and TV Arts at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University created this video to introduce traditional and modern Chinese treats featuring the autumn flavours of Suzhou.

Osmanthus, the city flower of Suzhou, usually blooms in October. In addition to their sweet fragrance, osmanthus flowers are edible. Blended with gorgon nuts (seeds of a type of water lily) or coffee, it embraces the sweet and bitter tastes of its companions.

Crabs, especially the hairy crabs from Yangcheng Lake, are another seasonal favourite. The crabs’ rich and creamy roe mixed with noodles or steamed rice is absolutely delicious. Young people in Suzhou also enjoy crab bread, which is stuffed with creamy roe – an innovative recipe full of umami with astringent notes.

This video is the third in a series that explores Jiangsu’s local customs, history, and culture. It is directed and filmed by Ruotong Jia, Jingyi Zhang, Yitong Li, and Baoyi Wang from BA Media and Communication Studies, Jingyi Yang from BA English and Communication Studies, and Zihang Zou from BA TV Production. Special thanks to Kelvin Ke Jinde, from the Department of Media and Communication, who worked as the academic supervisor for this project.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences has sparked and supported the students’ creativity.

By Ying Jiang

Edited by Xinmin Han, Tamara Kaup

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