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Dragon beard candy demo?

KathyR | Dec 9, 200410:01 AM

Found elsewhere -- does anyone know where in the Bay Area he will be appearing? There's no specific tour info on the Yuzu Trading Co. website.

"Select locations in Seattle, Beaverton, and the Bay Area will soon feature live, in-person demonstrations of a 2000-year old traditional Chinese sweet made by a master confectioner from Hong Kong.

Yuzu Trading Co. of Seattle, WA has invited Mr. Hon Keung Wong, who has been making the candy for 35 years, and his wife Mrs. Sau Wah Cheng, to tour several cities in the west coast. Only about 400 people in the world still know how to make this delicacy, most of whom work as street vendors.

Mr. Wong and Mrs. Cheng will demonstrate the elaborate process of hand-making dragon beard candy using a technique that generally takes several years to master. The “beard” consists of over 8000 fine strands of sugar crafted by hand-stretching and twisting a small continuous mass of malt sugar. As thin as strands of hair, dragon beard candy requires the maker to exercise both strength and restraint. Any unevenness would be exaggerated as the strands are made thinner and thinner.

When the sugar confection is completed, the candy maker trims off smaller pieces and fills them with finely chopped peanuts, sesame and coconut.

Mr. Wong and Mrs. Cheng are founders and directors of Bamboo Garden, a high-end Hong Kong brand which has established a reputation for quality and elegance in Hong Kong and in Singapore, selling mostly in department stores and upscale gift shops."


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