Today, I eat freshly prepared tanghulu (糖葫芦), a traditional Chinese street snack made of candied fruit on a stick. Watch this video to see how the street vendor prepares fresh tanghulu, then watch me sample this sweet Chinese treat.
To make tanghulu, a vendor places fruit on a stick and dips it in hot sugar syrup with sesame seeds. The fruit is coated with a thick layer of the sweet gooey mixture, then it is left to dry in the wind. Once the syrup hardens, it forms a crunchy crystalized shell around the fruit.
This street snack is very popular with children in China. Traditionally the fruit used to make tangulu is Chinese hawthorn, but in recent times, vendors are using various fruits like strawberries, grapes, mandarin oranges and cherry tomatoes.
This incredibly sweet and simple snack of fruit on a stick costs 3 yuan ($0.50) per skewer. In my opinion, the crispy crunchy texture is great, but it’s just a little too sweet for my palette. Come to China, try it for yourself, and let me know what you think.
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