Chinese Street Food: Bingtanghulu (冰糖葫芦)

China might not be one of the first twenty countries you think of when you want something sweet, so I’ll give you a couple of delicious options for starters.  

And now, it’s time for a third.

Have you ever wanted to get rid of those pesky teeth as quickly as possible, all while enjoying it in the process?  Today, I bring thee, the Chinese equivalent to candy apples, better known as 冰糖葫芦 (bīng​táng​hú​lu), also called tanghulu:

Actually, the thought of this street food is making my stomach churn just a bit.  Originally, the tanghulu was made with haw, a sweet and tart fruit similar to crab apples.  Being that it also had sour notes, the caramelized sugar paired quite well with the haw(thorn).

However, as you can see in the above photo, some vendors have gotten a bit too carried away with their wares, and started coating already too-sweet fruits such as oranges, kiwis, and cement (sorry, I can’t get over it) with sugar.

By the way, did you notice the (cherry) tomatoes?  I was caught off-guard, too.  Basically, since they’re botanically fruit, China considers them desserts.  Don’t be surprised if you see a plate of sliced beefsteak tomatoes liberally sprinkled with granulated sugar at the back of a Sichuan menu sometime.  So…watch out, eggplant, okra, and string beans.

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