It is said that in the old days there were three things
made a Beijingnese proud of his city: hutong (narrow laneways
between siheyuans 四合院
- courtyard residences), Beijing Opera and Beijing
Snacks. By then majority of the Beijing residents lived
in hutongs with the sound of the Beijing Opera circulating
in siheyuans, while the number of snacks amounted to over
In today's Chinese capital, the list of the snacks is
getting longer, with the new taste imported in from all over
the world, but the traditional delicacies are fast disappearing.
Here are some snacks used to be very popular but now considered
by some Beijing Netizens as "endangered snacks".
Rose Pie 玫瑰饼
Each year during lunar April (around May), roses blossom
all over Beijing, and in the old days it was the time for
the locals to collect the flowers to make rose flavoured
pies. A typical rose pie in Beijing style is white in colour,
sweet in taste, crispy to bite and scented with rosy fragrance.
Water Melon Cream 西瓜酪
It was one of the most popular summer snacks
in the Chinese capital. During those hot, dry days of Beijing summer,
housewives would heat agar until fully melted, add water
melon juice and caster sugar, and mix well. They then would
wait for the cream to freeze, and cut it into small pieces,
place in a bowl, top with more caster sugar, and serve to
family members and guests. Imaging how refreshingly cool
it would be!
Steamed Rice Cake
This delicacy is made of rice flour, sesame and sugar, then
steamed in a timber steamer.
It used to be one of the most popular snacks among children
This case is made of fruits of elm tree, mixed
with flour then steamed over high heat. Apart from having
a stimulating taste, it's also visually appealing.
It is a traditional summer food passionately loved by kids
in Beijing. A watery snack mixed with almonds, walnuts, lotus
roots, lotus seeds, lotus leafs and water chestnuts, ice
bowl used to be one of the products frequently peddled
along the hutongs by street vendors.