Tanghulu

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Tanghulu
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Traditional bingtahulu
Alternative names Bingtanghulu
Type Pastry
Place of origin China
Region or state Beijing
Main ingredients Candied fruits, sugar syrup; sometimes chocolate, or sesame sprinkles
Cookbook:Tanghulu  Tanghulu
Strawberry dipped with sugar coating for sale as a bintanghulu
Tanghulu
Traditional Chinese 糖葫蘆
Simplified Chinese 糖葫芦
Literal meaning sugar bottle gourd
bīngtánghúlu
Traditional Chinese 冰糖葫蘆
Simplified Chinese 冰糖葫芦
Literal meaning rock sugar bottle gourd

Tanghulu (simplified Chinese: 糖葫芦; traditional Chinese: 糖葫蘆; pinyin: tánghúlu) also called bingtanghulu, is a traditional Chinese snack of candied fruit.[1] It originated from northern China, but it is now commonly available in most Chinese cities, such as Beijing,[1] Tianjin, Shanghai. It consists of candied fruits on bamboo skewers that are approximately 20cm long.

The two common names literally means "sugar bottle gourd" and "rock sugar bottle gourd" respectively. The "sugar" or "rock sugar" refers to the sugar coating, while the "bottle gourd" refers to the slight resemblance of the snack to the shape of that fruit.

Tanghulu typically has a hardened sugar coating that comes from dipping the skewer in sugar syrup, but versions can also be found with a second chocolate coating, or sesame sprinkles. Traditionally, the fruit used has been Chinese hawthorn, but in recent times vendors have also used various other fruits, such as cherry tomatoes, mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries, pineapples, kiwifruit, bananas, or grapes.

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  1. ^ a b "Bing Tang Hulu (Candied Haw in a Stick)". Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Retrieved 1 November 2011. [dead link]