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— by Mandy Tie: Xuzhou, a city in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, is probably best known for its Han Dynasty terracotta warriors — yes, Xi’an isn’t the only place with a terracotta army — Ming Dynasty residential houses, and its annual Fu Yang Festival (伏羊节), during which 50,000 kg of lamb are collectively consumed over the course of ten days.

Less talked about here: the humble street food options that make up locals’ breakfasts.

Enter Cui Binghui, one of the city’s last wanzitang (丸子汤) soup makers and the direct descendant of a prominent merchant family, whose devotion to serving artisanal Taoist soup is entangled with an uphill battle to save his family home from gentrification…

July 18, 2019