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bing tang hu lu 冰糖葫芦 in Chinatown & Chang An Douhua 长安豆花

HLing | Feb 6, 201007:19 PM

I was walking down eldridge today In the cold,snow-less afternoon when I saw from a far a man carrying a tall and wide mass of what could only be....those Beijing candied crab apples on a stick! I ran across the street like a kid chasing the ice cream truck. He had 4 kinds. 3 of different types of the 山楂 fruit, which is like crab apples, and is usually translated as Haw fruits. 1 of fresh green olive, shape like a elongated foot ball. Overall, these were much tastier than what I've had before both here and in China. The fruit isn't too sour, and the sugar coating is just crunchy and hard enough. Only have to beware of the seeds. Some are multiple small seeds, some are just one small seed, and of course, the olive has the regular olive pit.

I liked the taste of the dark red one, the olive (you'll see the green) which had the lightly tannic juice that's welcomed after a heavy meal, and the lighter pinkish one with sugar crystals all over, which was juicier inside. The one I didn't like the fruit of was light pinkish/orangish red that's smooth (without the sugar grains), the fruit seemed a bit off on this one, though the sugar coating is good.
I didn't take any picture at the time, but here's one of them I found online: http://bbs.nyzd.net
Also, didn't know where he was going, or whether he's just walking around selling these. If anyone knows a set place to find him please let me know.
I was on my way to the Xian Famous eats actually when i got the candied fruit on a stick. The Xian Famous Eats' lamb and pork burger didn't impress me as much as the Chang An Dou Hua, a savory soft tofu served with a layer of red chili oil, some black bits garnish of pickled turnip, and a few small whole soy beans. This was E4 I think on the menu, for $2. Very tender and though looked spicy, actually quite mild.

The burgers didn't have much filling, and was too lean and a bit tired. I was disappointed in the bread that they used. Those are not how I remembered the bread, but more of a generic tasteless version. I hear the store in Flushing has better tasting meats. I think I will look for the original X'ian xiao Chi instead the one that was in the Food Court on Main street. (That food court is no longer)

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