CULTURE Hot green snack worth the wait


Hot green snack worth the wait

22:55, April 05, 2019

Qingtuan is the hottest food in town these days, and there are good reasons to stand for hours in long lines to buy this freshly made seasonal treat. (Photos:

Qingtuan is a traditional snack usually eaten around Qingming Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day. Its glutinous rice wrapper is made with the juice of wormwood leaves, to present a highly saturated green color, and sweet or savory fillings such as red bean paste or malantou, a spring herb that’s also known as kalimeris.

It’s a food where people with different tastes can find something to their liking, and its small size makes qingtuan a great snack or quick breakfast. It can be paired with tea (preferably green or oolong tea), soy milk and even coffee for a balance of flavors.

Qingtuan became a wanghong (Internet celebrity) favorite in 2016 when Xing Hua Lou, the famous Shanghai time-honored brand, created a new flavor that combined two of the crowd’s favorite guilty pleasures — salted egg yolk and dried meat floss.

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