Deuk Deuk Tong

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Deuk Deuk Tong
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A man gets some Deuk Deuk Tong ready to serve
Alternative names Ding Ding Tong
Type Confectionery
Place of origin Hong Kong
Main ingredients maltose, sesame, ginger
Cookbook:Deuk Deuk Tong  Deuk Deuk Tong
Deuk Deuk Tong
Chinese 啄啄糖
Ding Ding Tong
Chinese 叮叮糖

Deuk Deuk Tong or commonly referred to as Ding Ding Tong is a type of traditional candy in Hong Kong. It is a hard maltose candy with sesame and ginger flavours. The sweet is made by first melting maltose, then adding to it various ingredients and continuously stirring the mixture. Before the mixture solidifies, it is put on a metal stick and pulled into a line shape, then coiled into the shape of a plate.

In Cantonese, deuk means chiselling, breaking things into pieces. When street hawkers sold the candy, it was necessary for them to break apart its original shape with a pair flat chisels, namely "deuk". Chiselling makes noise and attracts children to buy. Deuk Deuk Tong was thus named (Tong means "candy" or "sugar" in Cantonese). Today, in order to cater to young people's tastes, different flavours of Deuk Deuk Tong are also made, including coconut, chocolate, mango, banana, and strawberry flavours.

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