May 16, 2014

Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries

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I just returned from a lovely girls only trip to Walt Disney World and one of my favorite new things we did this trip were eating our way around the World Showcase through the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens!

 
I wanted to be sure to try out the Beijing-style Candied Strawberries at China's Food Booth, Lotus House. These fan favorites from last year's festival served on a bamboo skewer were a bit harder to eat than I had anticipated. Basically after trying to delicately pull berries off with my teeth I gave up on that pretension and just used my fingers. Things went much more smoothly and after washing my hands we wandered off to see more of the world.

Yep. It's that shiny. The yellow cast to the berries is from the color of the glaze rather than under-ripeness.
The candied shell is hard and crunchy rather than sticky as I'd originally suspected. With the soft but ripe strawberry center, it hits just the right note of textural interplay without being difficult to eat. Each of the strawberries is rolled in sesame seeds during the candying and the crunchy lightly nutty flavor comes through clearly despite the candying.
Make no mistake, this is a sweet candy or dessert, but one I highly recommend as it avoids tasting cloying from a balance of the slight tartness of the fruit and the sesame's soft nuttiness.


Beijing Style Candied Strawberries
Location: Lotus House, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
Cost: $4.25/skewer

I give this five candy coated strawberries out of five.

Did you have any favorite snacks at the Flower Food and Garden Festival?


3 comments:

  1. Wow these look awesome and they are healthy for your right :) Thanks for sharing and linking up today!

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  2. Those look so interesting! I think I'd have to give them a try too. :)

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  3. Those sound interesting and delicious!

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