Candied hawthorn berries on a stick aka Tanghulu is a treat that can be purchased in many cities all over China. However, the quality of the said stick of Tanghulu greatly varies. It can be sweet, tart, crunchy, and chewy. Or it can cause you to chip your tooth and wonder why Chinese people like it so much.
The trick is to find a store that sells mass quantities of Tanghulu so that the stick you buy is freshly made. Avoid those with a shiny, glassy exterior. What you want is a stick of Tanghulu that is exactly like the one I am holding in the picture above where you can clearly tell that while the sugar coating has hardened, it will break easily even if bit softly. [Read more…]