Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Yao's Dragon Beard Candy- Chinatown

I am always discovering new things during my jaunts through the city. A quest for a free banh mi sandwich in Chinatown led me to Yao's Dragon Beard Candy. I was walking on Chrystie towards Grand Street when I came across this curious street vendor filled with white sugar confections.

Waiting patiently for customers
"Is it cotton candy?"
"No, it's not cotton candy."
"What is it?"
"Dragon beard candy."

I have never heard of dragon beard candy before. I asked the lady if I could try it and she kindly gave a small sample each to my friend and I.

Dragon Beard Candy is cocoon like.
The candy looked light and airy like a cocoon cloud. Upon bite, it was more dense. The dragon beard candy was filled with peanuts giving it a nice crunchy texture. I later found out that the candy also had pieces of coconut mixed in to it. The candy was quite addicting and tasty.

"No sugar, no sugar." The lady kept saying. I'm not so sure how much of this statement holds true since the candy is made from a ball of corn syrup. Welps, just as I like to tell my friends and family that the baked goods I make are fat and calorie free, I will blindly believe the Yao's Dragon Beard Candy lady. I could easily see this candy as becoming my new favorite street treat in Chinatown following mini pancakes.

Check out the process on how Yao's Dragon Beard Candy is made.

A ball of corn syrup is immersed in rice flour to keep it from getting sticky
The ball is then stretched 15 times into thread like strands
The result? Hair like dragon beard candy.
Coconut and peanuts are then folded into the dragon beard strands
Dragon Beard Candy
Yao's Dragon Beard Candy is sold for $3 a container or two for $5. It was a finalist in the Best Dessert category at the 2010 Vendy Awards.

Yao's Dragon Beard Candy
corner of Chrystie and Grand

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Xmas Eve at Woks & Lox

At The Queens Kickshaw produced by Jeff Orlick and Veronica Chan 
We did it! Woks & Lox turned out to be a smashing success. On a night when most businesses were closed, The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria, Queens played host to the first Jewish and Asian Christmas celebration. It brought the tradition of Chinese food and a movie on Christmas Eve to a whole new level.

Woks & Lox, produced by Jeff Orlick and Veronica Chan, featured a nine course Asian and Jewish inspired meal, a nosh party including drinks (craft beers, Golden Monkey Chocolate Egg Cream Bubble Tea, Double Happy Five Spice Hot Mulled Manischewitz), a raffle, dreidel games, Jewish Mahjong, and a beach themed Bar Mitzvah sign in board. Folks came from all over and much merriment was made over Sweet Red Bean Rugelach.

A lot of hardwork went into planning this event. It was an honor to work side by side with the masterminds behind Woks & Lox, the talented chef Chichi Wang who poured love into the dishes, keen photographer Stella Dacuma Schour, and everyone else who pitched in muscle. On that note, let's raise our Manischewitz! L'chaim!

Woks & Lox

5 Recipes by Chichi Wang

Jeffrey Tastes- Queens Qustodian

World to Table

Stella Dacuma Schour Photography

The Queens Kickshaw
40-17 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11103