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Discover local Beijing snacks

By Weiwei Guan

April 19

Make sure to try the local snacks if you come all the way to Beijing. Check the following list of treats that will make your trip worthwhile.

Make sure to try the local snacks if you come all the way to Beijing. Check the following list of treats that will make your trip worthwhile.

Make sure to try the local snacks if you come all the way to Beijing. Check the following list of treats that will make your trip worthwhile.

1. Sugar-coated hawthorns on a stick 冰糖葫芦

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Bing Tang Hulu is made of candied fruits, such as Chinese hawthorns, oranges and dates. The fruits are skewered on a bamboo stick. Hardened sugar coats the skewer after it’s dipped in sugar syrup and the hawthorn tastes sour and sweet. It is a popular snack in winter.

2. Porridge of sweetened fried flour 油茶

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Youcha is made of fried flour and sesame with Osmanthus blossoms and beef spinal cord oil. The thoroughly kneaded paste is put in a bowl with sugar. Add hot water to the bowl, and the sweetened fried flour (Youcha) porridge is made. It tastes sweet and is enjoyed by many people at breakfast and afternoon tea.

3. Pea cake 豌豆黄

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To make a pea cake, the peas should be cooked to porridge with small dates. When the porridge sets, it can be removed from the pot and cut into a diamond shape. The pea cake is then ready for sale on a trolley in the market. It is a popular snack in the spring temple fair. The shouts of “Big pea cake with dates is here” remind people that spring has come. You can buy pea cakes Dao Xiang Cun bakery shops.

4. Glazed pancake with jujube and Chinese yam stuffing 糖耳朵

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To make Tang Juan Guo, you need the main ingredients, Chinese Yam and dates, together with fixings like greengage, peach kernel and melon seeds. Yam is nutritious and contains protein,cellulose and vitamins. The glazed pancake Tang Juan Guo is a famous Beijing snack and is popular among food lovers both at home and abroad, especially ladies.

5. Caramel fritter 萨其马dinaping

Originally a Manchurian sweet, Saqima was also one of the offerings to the royal families of the Qing Dynasty. It is made of fried noodles mixed with sugar. As one of the famous Beijing Four Seasons cakes, Saqima has a golden color, sweet taste and a soft and spongy texture.

6. Bun filled with red bean paste 豆馅烧饼

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Hama TuMi is also called Dou Xian Shaobing (a bun filled with red bean paste). It is a common Beijing snack and takes its name from the red bean paste stuffing. When baked, the bun will have an opening on the edge. The red bean paste comes out from the opening and flows on the edge. It looks like a frog is spitting honey from the mouth. The Chinese meaning of frog is Hama and this is why the bun is called Hama Tu Mi.

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