Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Beijing Provision Shop Finds and souvenirs
The cousin excitedly shared her Beijing supermart loots with us..labelling this a MUST TRY. She lugged back enough to quell the withdrawal syndrome. Must be really good, we all thought. Instant bubble tea that has taken Beijing by bubbles...I was really excited.
Pour in boiling water and watch the magic happen after a couple of stirs.The bubbles start plumping up, the tea turns a familiar creamy shade. Milk tea was decent but the bubbles were a tad too small for the full QQ texture to be tasted. Would I trade Koi for this? Definitely not.
Old Granny peanuts vacuumed packed! I had these at one of the homes we visited during the trip and started my hunt for these almost immediately.
Lightly salted, these crunchies are mad delicious..once you start, stopping becomes a heinous sin.
How could I resist wasabi nuts!
These lack the punch, most unfortunately.
Another type of wasabi peas which failed to elicit any form of excitement.
Sweet potatoes miniaturized!
Looks like one, tastes like dense kueh. I say stick to the chestnuts if need be.
These were sold nearly everywhere, comes in a variety of flavours from chilli to black peper to caramel. Sold by weight.
Simply nut wafers, nothing too extraordinary.
Mochis are always had to resist....perfect souvenirs and agreeable across all ages. There were two types 驴打滚(Rolling donkey literally!) and 年糕 (sticky rice cake)
For rolling donkey, it's a signature Beijing snack, made from steamed glutinous millet or sticky rice, scattered with fried bean flour and stuffed with a range of ingredients like yam, red bean and black sesame paste. When you roll it in soya bean-flour, it resembles a mule rolling on the ground, raising dust at the same time. What a poetic name to it!
Both are equally delish soft and chewy treats.
Have fun munching your way in Beijing!