Years ago, in the empress pavilion mall in Chinatown, there were two guys with pushcart type businesses.
One made "dragon beard" candy, similar to cotton candy, denser with maltose and peanuts. I saw him a few years later outside the Ding Ho market in Monterey Park.
The other would take dough (plasticine could work) that was colored and would make little figures, a cat, a parrot, a panda holding bamboo and would finish it all on a stick.
Has anyone seen either of these guys lately? The dragon beard (maybe it's another name) candy was quite tasty.
Also, has anyone seen the Beijing style preserved fruits, apples, pears, melon (pingguo fu, li fu, etc.)? Ten years or more ago you could easily find it in stores that sold dry imports from china, spices, drugstores and the like. But I haven't seen them recently. These would be in boxes with each piece of fruit wrapped in a plasticwrap. THESE AREN'T the salty southern style of preserved fruits some go wild over and that you see in the strip malls in san gabriel or at the 99 ranch. Not like the umeboshi, not at all. These are quite sweet, and a bit chewy but not too dry. Anyone?
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