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!
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…
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!
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!
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.