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Many pieces of Cífàntuán in a traditional steaming basket
Alternative namesCífàn, fàntuán, chi faan
CourseBreakfast, Dim sum
Place of originJianghuai region, China
Region or stateChinese-speaking areas (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)
Main ingredientsyoutiao (fried dough), glutinous rice
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Hanyu PinyinCífàntuán
Chi faan
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Cífàntuán is a glutinous rice dish in Chinese cuisine, originating from Shanghai.[1][2] It is made by tightly wrapping a piece of youtiao (fried dough) with glutinous rice. It is usually eaten as breakfast together with sweetened or savory soy milk in Eastern China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong (where it is known as chi faan).

In recent years, there have been innovations on the traditional cifantuan, originating from Hong Kong and Taiwan, then reverse-introduced into Shanghai and its vicinity. Today, cifantuan is commonly available in two varieties. The "savoury" variety includes ingredients such as zha cai (pickled vegetable), rousong (pork floss) and small pieces of youtiao being wrapped in the rice ball. The "sweet" variety adds sugar and sometimes sesame to the filling.

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  1. ^ " Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine." 上海的小吃. Retrieved on 2009-08-15.
  2. ^ Phoenix television. "Phoenix television Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine." 糍飯糰與豆漿. Retrieved on 2009-08-15.

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