Travel snacks are a way to keep a person from getting too hungry during your visit to an overseas location. They come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. International travel snacks can be an adventurous way to eat. If you are going abroad, be daring and try some local favorites. You’ll be glad you did. If you are traveling to Beijing, China you may want to give a few of these traditional snacks a try. Some of these are the locals favorites.
Sticky Rice Balls
Sticky Rice Balls or Ai Wo Wo are basically balls of rice. The steamed rice is taken and pounded until a dough type consistency. The ball is filled with sesame and sugar, pea flour, jujube paste or red bean paste. They’re chewy and sweet. This is a popular snack that has been around since the 12th century.
A rolling donkey is a pastry made with soy bean flour. It is named a rolling donkey because it looks like a donkey who has been rolling and the dust is rising. This snack is a cake make with sticky rice, filled with red pea. It has fried bean flour drizzled over it and then it’s ready to eat.
Mung Bean Milk
The most famous snack in Beijing is the Dou Zhi, or mung bean milk. This snack is an acquired taste and is healthy for you. It’s actually the remainder of the mung bean noodle creating process. It’s grayish-green and tastes sour with a little bit of sweetness. A newcomer to this snack is usually given a few pickles to eat with it. The locals say it is easier to get it down this way. Mung bean milk is thought of as a Chinese yogurt. If you are a risk taker, this is definitely a snack for you to try.
Youtiao is basically a Chinese crueller, basically a sweetened fried bread twist. It usually accompanies breakfast. The treat is lightly salted and cut down the middle.
Bing Tang Hu Lu
This snack is unique in how it’s served – on a bamboo stick. Hawts are skewered and dipped into a sugar syrup and then dried. They taste sweet and sour, and they’re soft on the inside and crisp on the outside.
These travel snacks are a bit different than a typical American snack. When traveling abroad it is best to purchase these snacks from a reputable source and not from a vendor on the street, mainly due to the food handling. It is better to be safe than sorry, because you don’t want to have to deal with a case of food poisoning while away from your family physician. Just be cautious and snack smart while still being adventurous. Giving local favorites a try is always a wonderful way to experience the customs and traditions of a different country. You’ll be glad that you did.