On the snack food trail

As I’ve been such a good SAHM with my home-cooked meals almost 7 days a week, I do need my KitKat breaks once in a while.

Besides the packs of Lays chips, a box of chocolates and other sweet nothings stowed high away from the boy’s sight or reach, I’ve been checking out the local sweets:

CANDIED FRUITS (bīngtánghúlu 冰糖葫芦)

-I think I see this in almost every Chinese period drama and simply couldn’t resist trying it once. One Saturday, Hubby watched the boy for a couple of hours while I did some shopping.

I passed this friendly tang guo ren (sweet man? as he called himself) and plonked down my RMB2 for a stick of strawberry and kam kuat/kim keat. God, they were good! Not too sweet, not sticky and not rock-hard as they looked. I had 2 sticks! Yum!

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*Note* This tang guo ren is a smiley, friendly man who happily posed for this wai guo ren (foreigner). I apologize for this poor shot of him – it was the clearest from my faulty camera!

BEST-SELLING BUNDLES

We saw these in Carrefour, the French hypermarket chain, and every time we pass them, there are always shoppers grabbing a bag or two.

We’ll try them one day when we get tired of the international brands. I just don’t feel like I like brightly coloured foods for now…

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SAUSAGE SNACKS

Sausages are another popular snack – they have bunches and bunches of different flavours and different lengths!

There’s an entire aisle in the refrigerated section dedicated to these snacks, of various brands. Chinese kids (esp. schoolchildren) love them but we’ve not dared to try them yet…don’t think we ever will!

Sausage snacks china

We are still searching for the ‘Golden Island’ brand of ham from Guangzhou, which is supposedly very good. Of course, as we’re looking for the words in English maybe that’s why we haven’t found it yet!

LETDOWN LANE

Considering that Carrefour is a French hypermart chain, we were hugely disappointed by the pastry offerings here.

While they may look tempting, taste wise, they are as good as glue. The apple pie/tart/strudel lookalike was *great* one weekend that we bought a whole length next, only to find that it’s bleagh. It’s still Walmart’s walnut & date cake for me!

To make up for our miserable Christmas (no special lunch/dinner, no tree and no presents), Hubby took us out for a nice buffet lunch today at the Sheraton.

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  • That tang guo man doesnt like his pic taken,yea? ha ha.

    now pastry that taste as good as glue, that is a classic. hope you find your “golden island” soon

  • i dare not to buy any sausages from here…really don’t know what meat they used.

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    AllThingsPurple – Actually he was a very *nice* man who thought this “wai guo ren” was a bit cuckoo to wanna snap his pic. Just my camera is cacat and slow. I shud put a note on this.

    Hui Sia – Yeah, I heard too but so temptinglah…I was standing there waiting for hubby. So many people came to buy! I feel like a fat “wai sek mao”.

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    AllThingsPurple – Actually he was a very *nice* man who thought this “wai guo ren” was a bit cuckoo to wanna snap his pic. Just my camera is cacat and slow. I shud put a note on this.

    Hui Sia – Yeah, I heard too but so temptinglah…I was standing there waiting for hubby. So many people came to buy! I feel like a fat “wai sek mao”.

  • Hey! I miss that Tang Guo! Yummy! I can eat 3 sticks on my own! LOL….. And That candy only appears on cooler months from October onward till February I guess.
    Sometimes I miss my days back in China. It’s nothing like here or any where else. But everyday is a new adventure.

    I miss the “chaos” , the ” noise”, and “the people”
    In KK everything are so quiet (which is good). But I got that big city girl blood in me! hahaha…..

  • Oh I love street food even if I won’t eat them all 😉 Happy New Year Kitty!! All the best for your new site and living a new life

  • sasha Link

    wah wah wah food!!!!!!!!

    btw

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!

  • I’ve seen those candies but never buy and try…. maybe I should if I go anywhere near China…

    Anyway, here wishing a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family!

  • wah, u actually tried the tang guo?! i wldn’t coz it looks scary…hehe. but now that u’ve tasted them and said it’s nice, i wld give it a go if i ever come across them! 😉

    the waffle-like snacks at carrefour also looks scary. let me know when u do try them.

    as for sausages, eversince hubby said they stuff every single parts into the sausages over there, i’m a bit weary now. but then again, whn u’re hungry and u get to smell them while cooking, they sure are tempting! 😉

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    Sandra – 3 sticks?? Ok, I don’t feel so greedy then gobbling up 2. I was a bit shy eating like a big kid! Ahh, the chaos, the people and the noise…you know what I mean. Slowly getting used to it 😛

    All Things Purple – thanks for the tag, dear!

    ParisB – same here! Thanks for the support…

    Sasha – hehe, you’re a real foodie.

    Angeleyes – yeah, you should try lor…I dare not give to him yet.

    Syn – it took a while but it was so tempting and almost everyone on the street had them. Also, another M’sian said they were nice that’s why I dared.

    I won’t take the sausages though as I don’t even have them in Malaysia esp after my meat vendor told me that probably only 11% is meat, he can’t guarantee the rest!

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    Sandra – 3 sticks?? Ok, I don’t feel so greedy then gobbling up 2 – I was a bit shy eating like a big kid! Ahh, the chaos, the people and the noise…you know what I mean. Slowly getting used to it 😛

    All Things Purple – thanks for the tag, dear!

    ParisB – same here! Thanks for the support…

    Sasha – hehe, you’re a real foodie.

    Angeleyes – yeah, you should try lor…I dare not give to Lucas yet.

    Syn – it took a while but it was so tempting and almost everyone on the street had them. Also, another M’sian said they were nice that’s why I dared.

    I won’t take the sausages though as I don’t even have them in Malaysia esp after my meat vendor told me that probably only 11% is meat, he can’t guarantee the rest!