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Major munchies from the mainland

By Wang Zhenghua ( Shanghai Star ) Updated: 2014-07-18 13:38:17

Major munchies from the mainland

Candied haw [Photo/IC]

Major munchies from the mainland

Street to street, coast to coast 

Major munchies from the mainland

In the summer time

Spicy Malatang dip

Origin: Sichuan/Yunnan but available everywhere

This is the traditional spicy soup from Sichuan province, with variations according to the region.

In western Sichuan, malatang is similar to the hotpot you can also find in other parts of China. The Chongqing version is slightly different in that you pick your chosen meat and vegetable skewers from the chiller and get the cook to boil them up in his huge cauldron.

Some common ingredients include tofu, fish balls, lotus root, mushrooms, potato, quail eggs and pork lung.

Candied haw

Origin: North China

The hard sugar glaze coats everything from red haw fruits to mandarin wedges to strawberries.

The fruits are skewered on a bamboo stick and dipped into thick sugar syrup, which quickly hardens in the winter months.

A piece of edible rice-wafer helps keep the fingers from getting too sticky. It is a healthy snack and especially attractive to those who do not like eating plain fruit.

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