Taiyuan medicinal soup (Tounao)

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Taiyuan medicinal soup [Photo/shanxichina.gov.cn]

Tounao is a medicinal soup from Taiyuan made of mutton and seven herbal medicines. The dish, named by Fu Shan, a local medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), is taken as a tonic. During the lunar calendar period between bai lu and li chun, Taiyuan residents tend to visit local Muslim restaurants to enjoy tounao.