"Bing1 tang1 hu2 lu2 (Sugar-coated haws on a stick)" 1 - Local Foods - General Tip by ntm2322
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Favorite Dish: Bing1 tang1 hu2 lu2 is a popular fall and winter treat in northern China and a much-loved traditional snack of the capital city. This Chinese ?dessert? is sold everywhere (carts, stands, food streets, supermarkets, parks, single vendors selling it from their ?bikes turned into a restaurant on wheels?, etc.).
The standard version of bing tang hu lu is about 20 centimeters long and consists of about six or seven small pieces of apples that have been skewered on a stick, coated with a light rock-sugar syrup.
Eating bing tang hu lu is a nice eating experience because it offers amazing contrasts, for instance, the sour crab apple versus the sweet syrup, the tender meat of the apple flesh versus the crunchy hardness of the syrup, very interesting.
Nowadays there are lots of bing tang hu lu variations or combinations like bing tang hu lu with strawberries, mandarin oranges, pineapples or simply a mixture of all of those.
The one I like the most is bing tang hu lu with sweet potatoes.
For your knowledge, bing tang hu lu is also an auspicious symbol of the traditional temple fairs held during the Lunar New Year holidays in Beijing and many Beijingers consider the bing tang hu lu sold at the Changdian Temple Fair (in Xuanwu District) as the most auspicious ones (many of the bing tang hu lu sold here are about one meter long and decorated with colorful flags on top).
Many of the Chinese who buy these huge bing tang hu lu they won?t eat them, they take them home as a kind of auspicious token, believing they will bring them good luck, fortune and prosperity in the coming new year.
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