Thursday, January 19, 2012

Osmanthus Candy

I'm so excited to share this amazing find with you!

When I was vacationing in China 5 years ago, I visited a beautiful city called Guilin.  I traveled there along the Li River and it truly was one of the most pristine places I've ever had the honor of seeing.  I even sailed past water buffaloes in the river!

Beautiful scenery along the Li River
Water Buffalo!  I waved hello but they were busy drinking water...
Guilin is known for its gorgeous scenery and its name translates to "forest of sweet osmanthus".  (Osmanthus is a fragrant flowering plant).  One fond memory of my visit to Guilin was having a very delicate candy called Osmanthus cake.  The airport at Guilin was the last place I had found it.  Ever since then, I have perused the candy aisle at Asian grocery stores hoping to find Osmanthus candy again, with no luck. I felt like I won the lottery when I found it at a newly opened grocery store in Chinatown called New York Mart!

Osmanthus Candy

At first, I wasn't quite sure if I did in fact find Osmanthus candy, because the whole box is in Chinese.  Thank goodness for a tiny 2" sticker on the side of the box which translated that it was in fact Osmanthus candy!

Osmanthus Candy, the outside of the box
This sticker in English was so tiny I could barely read it!
16 little pieces :)
The candy is very delicate and crumbles easily.  It has a light sweetness and melts in your mouth. 

You can find Osmanthus Candy at New York Mart (at 128 Mott Street, New York NY 10013).  By the way, that supermarket is huge and seems like it has everything you could possibly need! No more trips to Flushing to load up on hard to find Asian groceries!

New York Mart on Mott Street
Have you ever seen it in other grocery stores? Give it a try and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Piggy KL


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