Sachima

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Sachima
Sachima.jpg
Alternative names
Shaqima
Place of origin
China
Main ingredients
Flour, butter, rock sugar or rock candy
Variations By region
Cookbook:Sachima  Sachima
Sachima
Simplified Chinese 马仔
Traditional Chinese 馬仔
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 沙琪玛
Traditional Chinese 沙琪瑪
Second alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 萨其马
Traditional Chinese 薩其馬

Sachima, also spelled Shaqima is a common Chinese pastry found in many Chinese-speaking regions. Each regional cuisine has its own slightly different variation of this food, though the appearance of all versions is essentially the same.

Manchu[edit]

In Manchu cuisine originally, sachima is a sweet snack. It mainly consists of flour, butter, and rock sugar or rock candy. It is now popular in mainland China among children and adults.

Cantonese[edit]

The Cantonese pastry version of sachima is slightly sweet. It is also made of essentially the same ingredients as the other varieties of sachima. It is often sprinkled with sesame seeds or dried coconut. The Cantonese variety of sachima ranges from chewy to crunchy in texture. Most overseas Chinatowns offer the Cantonese style of the pastry. It is commonly found in Hong Kong. "Dynasty" is one of the most authentic brand since 1945 which are found in supermarkets and local grocers.

Fujian[edit]

Many of the Fujian distribution companies manufacture packaged versions of Sachima. This version has sesame and is made of wheat flour, vegetable oil, egg, milk, granular sugar, and malt sugar.[1] The taste is comparatively plain compared to the more sweetened Cantonese version.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ According to the list of ingredients on a package of Sachima from the Zhangzhou distribution company in Fujian province.