The second day of the second lunar month is known as “Long Tai Tou”, namely Dragon Raising Its Head Day in China. Besides having a haircut, it’s a must for many Beijing residents to eat the fried cake of Huguosi Snacks, which is called “dragon gallbladder” on the day. It is learned from Huguosi Snacks Restaurant that its 60 chain stores will offer about 60,000 fried cakes. What’s more, its head restaurant also launches 300“longzigao”, literally “dragon seed cakes”, a cake made of sticky rice and diced beef, especially for the festival for the first time.
Huguosi Snacks Restaurant also sends some its staff to some time-honored restaurants in Beijing like Kaorouwan, Kaorouji, Youyishun, Old Xi’an Restaurant, Xilaishun and Wangdelou to cook fried cakes for customers, and thus people can also enjoy this snack in these restaurants.
Additionally, some time-honored brands also offer other dishes related to Dragon Raising Its Head Festival. For example, Chunyuan Xiaolin Restaurant launches various “dragon whiskers” (noodles), Emei Restaurant offers set dishes featuring “dragon scales” (spring pancakes). Tongheju Restaurant at Sanlihe also prepares “black dragon playing with a pearl” (pigeon egg and sea cucumber), which symbolizes favorable weather for crops and good harvest for the festival, for the festival.