Su Shan is a delicacy made with milk and cream that looks like shaved ice.
Poet Wang Lingran from the Tang Dynasty described how people made and enjoyed Su Shan in his poem Ode to Su He Shan. According to the poem， sugar was added to Su Shan that was shaped into many forms.
“It is neither solid， nor watery and disappears once it touches teeth，” the poet wrote.
The Su Shan in his poem was thought by many scholars to be an early form of ice cream. However， only the royals and nobles were lucky enough to have large iceboxes to create the delicacy in summer.
Although there were no fridges in ancient times， iceboxes to store ice cubes in summer had become very common in rich families by the Tang Dynasty.
People could easily buy iced drinks on the street during the Song Dynasty. As a community service， some rich people even provided free ice water and medicine on the street for free.
Ice water sold during the Song Dynasty was often added to mung beans or licorice to help prevent heat stroke.
During the Wei， Jin and Southern and Northern dynasties， dairy food appeared more frequently on ancient Chinese people’s tables.
People made three kinds of cheese. One was called tian lao， or sweet cheese， which tasted like cheese yet looked like yogurt. Another is gan lao， or dried cheese， similar to solid cheese eaten today. The last one is cu lao， a kind of half-sour， half-sweet cheese， like yogurt.
The climate in the Yellow River area in the Tang Dynasty was warmer and moister， very different from today. Many cherry trees were planted there at that time. The fruit was common in early summe8aOCq41cqowsgTbdyBdn9TsTWkwb1Qm8byKmNIuehtM=r and people often added cheese and cane syrup to the cherries.
Lu You， a noted poet from the Song Dynasty， once wrote， “Eat cherry， peach and cheese at the same time”.
Thus in the Song Dynasty， when ancient Chinese people sent cherries as gifts， cheese was often presented together.
When rich noble people had cherries with cheese and cane syrup， they often used plates and bowls made of gold or colored glaze to make the fruit look more mouthwatering.
noble /'nəʊbl/ n. 出身高贵的人;贵族成员
Although he was of noble birth he lived as a poor man.
syrup /'sɪrəp/ n. 糖浆;糖水