Sachima

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

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. It is made of fluffy strands of fried batter bound together with a stiff sugar syrup, showing similarity to American Rice Krispies Treats.

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, raisins 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.