Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sugar Art Tradition in China

During my visit to Suzhou, China a few weeks back, I noticed people carrying and eating popsicles made out of sugar on the street. Ever curious about local street-foods, I sought out the creator and found this unique vendor who makes amazing works of edible art right in front of your eyes.

Apparently, sugar art has a long cultural tradition in China going all the way back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Some of the sugar art masters were highly esteemed for their extremely intricate pieces that resemble blown and stained glass.

Even though it was far from something you'd find in a museum, my sugar art popsicle was still impressive and it only cost about 40 cents.

I was lucky to capture the whole process of how he made it... take a look. I'm somewhat tempted to try my own hand at making decorations on my own, although past traumatic experiences with attempting to make caramel suggest it would be a disaster.

Have you ever seen a unique street vendor in any of your travels? Do share... we'd love to read about it.


my Hotel Life said...

That's pretty cool. I'm going to show this to our chefs.

Shannon OD said...

That is so neat! I love that you got that video of him making it! :-) Hope it tasted as good as it looked!

Chris and Amy said...

That was awesome! It was cool how from the first stroke it looked like a fish.

Kirsten said...

That is so interesting. I am racking my brain and I can't think of any street vendors I've seen that are particularly interesting!

Liza said...

I have to go there when I visit China. How awesome!

Ekua said...

Very cool! That guy has talent. I like the wheel of fortune method for choosing what to make. Awesome that you had your camera with you to share this with us!


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