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World's Most Traditional Holiday Foods

China: Tangyuan (in theNorth)/Yuanxiao (in the South)

These stuffed rice flour dumplings were once used as an oral remedy believed to protect exposed ears from cold-weather ulceration. Now they’re sunk in sweet or savory broth during Dongzhi, the celebration of the winter solstice, and the wintertime Lantern Festival.

Where to Get It: Sichuan Fandian, one of Beijing’s oldest and best Sichuan eateries. 3 Xinjiekou Beidajie, Xicheng district; 011-86-10-8322-6667

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