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Beijing yogurt
Beijing yogurt for sale at Wangfujing
TypeYogurt
Place of originChina
Region or stateBeijing
Main ingredientsMilk, sugar, nuts, raisins, rice wine
Nai lao
Chinese奶酪

Nailao, also known as Beijing yogurt (Chinese: 北京酸奶; pinyin: Běijīng suānnǎi), is a traditional fermented milk drink that is popularly consumed throughout China.

Preparation

Nailao (or suānnǎi) is prepared by heating milk and adding sugar to it. Two types of nuts mixed with raisins and rice wine made from glutinous rice are poured in and thoroughly stirred. A special device called lào tǒng (酪桶, lit.'yogurt barrel') is used during production. A lào tǒng contains a heat chamber in the center, providing the heat needed for cooking. The milk is mixed with rice wine and honey or sugar and is rapidly poured into fifty small bowls. The bowls are then stacked along the inner wall of the yogurt barrel, heated for about thirty minutes, and later cooled.

Serving

Places that sell suānnǎi traditionally serve it in ceramic containers that must be returned to the vendor. However, many vendors now serve suān nǎi in disposable plastic cups.

See also