Mung Bean Milk (Dou Zhi, 豆汁)
Mung Bean Milk, or Dou Zhu in Chinese, is a popular snack in Beijing and it has been around for over a thousand years. It has a grey-green color, and tastes sour and a little sweet. It is almost always served with pickles that are thinly cut and sprayed with cayenne pepper oil. People from outside of the region may initially find it hard to swallow because of its flavor, but if they manage to get past the first time, they may start liking it. Mung Bean Milk is also rich in protein, vitamin C and dietary fiber. Local people think it helps relieve the summer heat so it is a popular drink in the summer time.
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Mung Bean Milk (Dou Zhi), www.chinaculture.org
Mung Bean Milk (Dou Zhi), www.ebeijing.gov.cn