Emperor Qianlong(1711-1799) once went to Mt. Tai to burn joss sticks by the order of the empress dowager. On his tour he noticed a pomegranate tree and felt like eating pomegranate. One of the followers read his mind and cooked a dish with tofu and eggs as the ingredients. However, its shape resembled that of a pomegranate. Emperor Qianlong liked the dish so that that it gradually became well known until today.