Every Mid-Autumn Festival, the "talk of tongue" in the mooncake industry will always be staged as scheduled. In recent years, it has become more and more fierce, and more and more new mooncakes with novel flavors and fashion have joined the battle.
If we say that traditional mooncakes are "predecessors" and new-style mooncakes are "houlang", then "Five Ren" can be regarded as the veteran of the mooncake industry.
When it comes to Wuren mooncakes, we have to mention a small city from western Guangdong—Wuchuan.
This is the famous "hometown of moon cakes". The golden nine moon cakes produced by Wuchuan are especially famous for their five benevolence, which is the taste of Wuchuan people's childhood.
Jinjiu mooncakes don't like to be counted individually, but sold by catty. A mooncake with a large lid is very suitable for family sharing.
It is also a well-known "production place for the rich" in the country. There are so many rich people that you can hardly imagine. The lineup of wedding cars is comparable to the luxury auto show, and some even went on a helicopter.
Wuchuan is also the county-level city with the most open ideology and culture in western Guangdong. It has different styles from Zhanjiang, Leizhou, Lianjiang and even other counties and cities in western Guangdong in terms of language, customs and concepts.
This is one of the smallest county-level cities in Guangdong Province, but it shines a bright light that a small city shouldn't have.
Wuchuan, a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Guangdong Province, is managed by Zhanjiang City, with Maoming in the east, Huazhou in the north, Potou District in Zhanjiang City in the west, and the South China Sea in the south.
There is also a very famous paragraph about Wuchuan's geographical location:
An outsider drove to Maoming and asked the traffic police for directions. The traffic police said that if you drive to the left, you will cost 5,000 (Wuchuan), and you will drive to the right for 6,000 (Luchuan). There is no life here (Maoming). ), the driver was frightened when he heard that, which direction is a dead end.
Of course, this is just a joke. When it comes to dialects, one has to mention the relationship between Wuchuan and Zhanjiang, Leizhou, and Lianjiang.
The current Zhanjiang city is more like a "hodgepodge" area, which contains all of Leizhou Prefecture and parts of Gaozhou Prefecture in history.
Xuwen, Haikang (now Leizhou City), and Suixi in the "Three Thunder" areas of Leizhou Prefecture belong to Zhanjiang. The scope of Suixi is larger, in addition to the existing Suixi County, it also includes Xiashan District, Chikan District, Development Zone, Mazhang District, Donghai Island and other places.
Wuchuan County (including the current Wuchuan City and Potou District) and Shicheng County (now Lianjiang City) of Gaozhou Prefecture also belong to Zhanjiang.
Interestingly, the name Zhanjiang was given by Wuchuan people, but Wuchuan people do not have that strong sense of belonging to Zhanjiang.
People in Wuchuan in other places rarely say "Zhanjiang Wuchuan", but "Guangdong Wuchuan"; to the outside world they only say "I am from Wuchuan" and rarely "I am from Zhanjiang", even when they are considered to be Zhanjiang Will also argue.
The people of Lianjiang also have this tendency, they just regard Zhanjiang as a place without much sense of belonging.
There is no other reason for tracing the origin. The predecessor of Zhanjiang is Guangzhou Bay. Most of Guangzhou Bay is the site of Leizhou Prefecture Suixi County. Leizhou culture prevails among the people, but Wuchuan and Lianjiang from Gaozhou Prefecture are a little difficult to integrate.
However, Potou, Nansan, and Naozhou Island, which belonged to Wuchuan County, were once part of Guangzhou Bay. These areas have a higher recognition of Zhanjiang City. Most people in Potou regard Zhanjiang urban area as the direction of their struggle, and they are proud to take root and settle in the downtown area.
As for the residents of Xiashan, Chikan, Development Zone, Mazhang, Donghai Island and other places in the former Guangzhou Bay area, they all properly consider themselves as well-deserved people from Zhanjiang, and they have no sense of disobedience.
Among the "Three Thunders" area of Leizhou Prefecture, Suixi County has the most identification with Zhanjiang.
One is because most of Guangzhou Bay once belonged to Suixi County, and second, because of its proximity, Suixi became the back garden of Zhanjiang City. Many people from Suixi entered Zhanjiang City to work and start businesses.
Although Leizhou City and Xuwen County are farther away from Zhanjiang City, their recognition of Zhanjiang is higher than that of Wuchuan and Lianjiang, perhaps because of the Leizhou culture.
Although the people from Leizhou and Xuwen do not settle and develop their careers in Zhanjiang, they are not very repulsive about themselves as Zhanjiang people.
In this environment, Wuchuan has also become a mixed dialect area: Wuchuan dialect, Li dialect
Among them, the most special (nan) and dong (dong) is Wuchuan dialect, a special mixed language formed by the fusion of Li Lao, Old Yue and ancient Chinese, Cantonese, and Hokkien.
The biggest feature of Wuchuan dialect is that it has a strong ancient flavor and is very harmonious, which is rare in the country.
Go to study = attend class/study
Car cannon = lying
Eyes are blind = speechless
Explosive atmosphere = menacing
Collect your rice book = pack you
Shu Fazi = What do you want
In Atry = Where
Good luck = bad luck
Grandpa and grandma = grandparents
Of course, Wuchuan dialect is not spoken in all areas in Wuchuan. In order to better communicate with the outside world, Wuchuan people can also speak Cantonese and Li dialect.
Just like Mandarin has different accents across the country, the Cantonese spoken by Wuchuan people also has a strong Wuchuan flavor, and perhaps even Cantonese in other places cannot fully understand it.
Even neighboring villages have their own language differences, which often gives people the feeling of "speaking with ducks".
In addition to language, people in various regions of Zhanjiang also have different personalities.
For example, Leizhou people value feelings and loyalty, and they pay more attention to cultural construction. For another example, Lianjiang people are softer and more tolerant.
But Wuchuan people dare to venture and fight, have a shrewd business mind, they put survival first, and they will be prepared for danger in times of peace. That's why the little-known Wuchuan is really rich and rich, and the rich and powerful in Wuchuan, like fresh seafood, become one of the local characteristics.
According to statistics, Wuchuan has more than 500 people with a net worth of more than 100 million yuan, of which more than 50 people are worth more than 5 billion yuan, and more than 110 people are worth more than 2 billion yuan.
Among the people of Wuchuan, there is one millionaire for every one hundred people, but the proportion of the rich is the highest in the country, which is unmatched by many prefecture-level cities.
As the saying goes, it takes time, place and people to make things happen. But in Wuchuan, the "unfavorable location" has created this rich land of geomantic omen.
The most fertile area in Wuchuan is the alluvial plain along the coast. There are many paddy fields and limited fertile land suitable for farming. However, the population density of Wuchuan is the largest in the surrounding counties.
In order to survive, the people of Wuchuan "speak Wuchuan dialect with the hammer" and are willing to do any dirty work, and they are also willing to put their hands down to do some small businesses that are despised.
Hoop buckets, irons, small shopkeepers, tattered guys, plasterers, scaffolding guys... all kinds of strange businesses, Wu Chuan people are willing to do.
After the reform and opening up, this group of Wuchuan people who have not enough to eat have a strong sense of crisis. They set their sights on the outside world: "Everyone goes to the sea to do business, and everyone wants to be the boss." They go wherever they have money.
For a time, individual, private, joint venture, and share-holding cooperation methods were rushing out, becoming unique in Guangdong Province, keeping pace with the “Wenzhou Model” at the time, and being known as the “Wuchuan Model”.
Coincidentally, they have caught up with the development of the Pearl River Delta and the tide of the real estate economy. Their hard-working temperament has quickly become a new force in the construction industry.
It is said that in the 1980s and 1990s, the concrete excavation project dug a well over ten or twenty meters deep. Only Wuchuan people in Guangzhou were willing to dig it. Later, it was basically contracted by Wuchuan people;
70% of the metal waste recycling in Dali, Foshan is from Wuchuan;
Four out of the ten demolished relocations in Shenzhen were in the Wuchuan Dianbai area;
Five hundred people on Kunming Tire Street are from Wuchuan, with a turnover of more than 500 million in the 1990s...
"From the 1970s to the 1990s, 3 out of 10 buildings in the Guangshen complex were built by Wuchuan people."
At present, there are still 200,000 Wuchuan nationality construction troops, active in all parts of the country and Southeast Asia.
Over the past few decades, Wuchuan architects have created one miracle one after another. The buildings you have been to may have been built by them.
If "the hometown of architecture" is Wuchuan's first business card, then Wuchuan's second business card is "the hometown of tires".
The reason why Wuchuan can win this reputation is not because Wuchuan is rich in tires, but because Wuchuan's tire business spreads all over the country.
Among them, the tire street in Guangzhou is the most representative. Hundreds of large and small tire shops on this street are almost all operated by Wuchuan people.
The people of Wuchuan are so deeply concealed that they "make a fortune in a muffled voice", but accidentally added a few more billionaires.
After working hard outside for a long time, there will always be some flavor that will remind people of hometown instantly.
For Wuchuan people,
No matter how far away, Wuchuan people will always send a golden nine moon cake to their relatives and friends far away during the Mid-Autumn Festival, so that even if they are alone in a foreign land, they can see things and think about people and eat the taste of moon cakes from their hometown.
In addition to moon cakes, there are many Wuchuan people from snacks to big "Wuchuan taste".
Every New Year and New Year's Day, the people of Wuchuan will always meet together to sit together at the table to make Tian Aiyu, using Tian Ai and flour as the skin, and covering the fried stuffing.
Then it is wrapped with leaves of a tree called "Nengmu" and steamed. It can be stored for a period of time and steamed when you want to eat it.
When making it, the children will always think about it and knead it into various shapes. When it is steamed, they will recognize that this is their own bag and eat it.
For another example,
Almost every city will form a dietary culture related to "fans", and Wuchuan is no exception. When I was young, when the sky was bright, the yelling of "Fen Pi Yue" always broke the silence of the morning. It was mobile vendors hawking along the street.
Wuchuan's vermicelli is thin, tough and smooth, and can be eaten in a variety of ways: it can be fished, fried, or boiled in soup.
Take the noodles, roll the pieces of noodles into strips, then cut into sections, and serve with sesame oil, sesame and soy sauce.
The special feature is that the sesame oil poured on is boiled with peanut oil and leeks for a long time, so the fragrance is particularly strong, and the soy sauce is sweet.
Stir-fried noodles, Powei fried noodles is the most famous. Powei people have to use a "rotten wok" for frying noodles: first remove the two wok ears, and then cut down the edge of the wok.
Fenpi will be put in the wok first, and when someone orders it, part of it will be cut off, and the corner of the wok will be sprinkled with char siew, bean sprouts and green onions for stir-fry, and finally served with coriander.
Boiled noodles in soup is another favorite way of eating in Wuchuan people.
Cut the vermicelli into thin strips, put it in the boiled water, boil it softly, pour it into a bowl, pour the pork broth, add pork offal or lean meat and sweet water mustard greens, slightly dipped in garlic soy sauce. Don't mention how fresh it tastes.
It's like eating seafood by the sea. Wuchuan, which is located on the seashore, is also extremely rich in aquatic products.
Some people say that it looks like a heavy-tasting delicacy, but those who love it think that its deliciousness is just a few streets away from the four great kings of abalone, sham and wings.
Sandworms are very picky about the environment and require an extremely high-quality environment to survive, so they are also called "environmental marker creatures" and are truly "clean" food.
Among the whole grains, Wuchuan people especially love sweet potatoes.
Simply steamed and eaten by the whole family will start a day of life. And building a "sweet potato kiln" on the edge of the field adds indelible interest to childhood memories.
I have to say that in recent years, Wuchuan's development has indeed been controversial: Although Wuchuan does have many rich people, the regional GDP ranks low among the counties and cities in Zhanjiang.
But there is no doubt that Wuchuan has great potential for future development:
The Shenmao-Zhanjiang high-speed railway set up a station in Wuchuan, 2 hours directly to the Pearl River Delta; the third largest airport in Guangdong Province-Zhanjiang International Airport was relocated to Wuchuan, and it only takes half an hour to connect with the world.
Taking advantage of the holiday, you might as well take a walk in Wuchuan and feel the local scenery and customs.