As the saying goes, “A hundred kinds of vegetables are no match for cabbages“.Chinese cabbages are heart-warming delicacies that Rizhao people never get enough in winter, while Jing winter vegetables, famous special pickles in Rizhao made from Chinese cabbages, are a vivid nostalgic taste in the memory of the elder generation of Rizhao people.
In the old days, southerners used to call the northern famous brand products as “Beijing goods”, and Rizhao winter vegetables were therefore named “Jing“.They can be stored in the jars for about three years.And they can be used not only as side dishes, but also as condiments for fish and egg soup.In 2021, the craftsmanship of Jing winter vegetables was selected into the expanded list of representative projects of Shandong provincial intangible cultural heritage.
Jing winter vegetables, as the only tribute of Rizhao County, started to be produced in Guangxu's Reigh in the Qing Dynasty.The local high-quality Chinese cabbages are the main raw materials, which are cut and dried in advance, and soy sauce and Shaoxing wine are used as the condiments. Jing winter vegetables are long and thin, fragrant and delicious, brown in color and unique in shape.The production of Jing winter vegetables gradually took shape at that time, and whenever bulk cargo arrived in Shanghai, people scrambled to buy them. And that’s when Jing winter vegetables started to enjoy a high reputation.
Besides pickles, they are also good condiments in pan-broiling, stir-frying, steaming, stewing and boiling soup. The dishes made with Jing winter vegetables, such as steamed pork, stuffed buns, scrambled eggs, stir-fried snail slices and the like, have their own unique flavor.Despite of the supporting roles of Jing winter vegetables, they still highlight the deliciousness of the ingredients because of the combination.