“On Cold Food Festival at the Green Cake Shop, Spring has lowered the willow branches; the bouquet of the wine keeps customers inside, whose voices join the songbirds' whisper forming a poem.”this is a poetry left by famous poet Bai Juyi of Dang danasty when he passed by the Green Groups Shop.
Before, green groups are very ancestor-worship clear offerings with the flavor of wheat and sugar, and now they have become popular food for people in spring.
Shen Jianfen, the first generation of Wenkui Building which is the most popular country-old shop, whose green groups process spreads from generation to generation. Seven years ago, Shen Jianhui brought this process to Suzhou, a southern city of China, and opened the shop of GreenGroups of the Shen.
At that time, no one ate green groups in Heng Street. But now, when spring comes people come with the smell of GreenGroups of the Shen.
Shen Jianfen’s way of making greengroups is really exquisite. He follows the ancient process which must use the Green Water. Green Water is made from a kind of wild plant which is called pulp straw. After the steam out of the pot, there will be the flavour of the fragrance pubi if using this material. If some one passes by, he must be attracted by the smell and buy some to eat.
It is also exquisite for Shen Jianfen to make the material of filling. This is straightforward on the making of red bean that it must use traditional grinding machine and then put into brown sugar and lard, combing and stirring, then the outcome would be smooth and greasy.
The lovely green groups, looks verdant, smells pleasant and tastes sweet. Today’s GreenGroups of the Shen in the Heng Street is bustling. The couple make them at the scene, and relatives help as assistants, Someone packages, someone steams and someone sells. There will be sold thousands of greengroups everyday on average. Shen Jianfen mekes this worship food a thousand years ago into a most popular food in Heng Street in Suzhou.
Before, spring is the season of pulp straw, which is seen in the field or on the river. But today, it can be grown at home, which means this great food comes from tomb-sweeping day are not limited by time and season.
The soft and sweet green groups linger to today owing to the inheritance and protection of craftsmen of generations. The reason why Shen Jianfen has the courage to come to Heng Street, a place no one ever eats green groups is because the confidence to the process, but more comes from his willing to spread and expand this good food. Today’s Heng Street in Suzhou, no one can escape from the pleasant smell of pulp straw, and no one can leave without hesitation for one bite of this sweet-and-soft.