Try This Chinese Snack Based On Your Quarantine Schedule

Tell us what you've been doing in quarantine, and we'll tell you what Chinese snack you should pick up on your next trip to the Asian grocery store!


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By now, everyone’s got a quarantine schedule. Whether you’re hopping on the ‘quarantine baking’ trend, finding a new hobby, or binge-watching TV shows (same), we’ve all found ways to keep ourselves entertained. 

Tell us what you’ve been up to during your time stuck at home, and we’ll tell you what snack you should pick up next time you’re at the Asian grocery store! 

  1. 1 What time do you usually wake up during quarantine?

    Are you an early riser, or do you like to get your beauty sleep? 

    1. I'm out of bed by 7 AM. I like to get an early start!
    2. Between 8 and 9 AM. There's no harm in sleeping in a little, but I've got things to do!
    3. 10 or later! What's the point in getting up early if I have nowhere to be?
    4. Ugh... do I HAVE to get up? I'd rather just stay here all day...
    5. Sleep? What's that? I've been watching TV for three days straight...
  2. 2 How do you spend most of your time in quarantine?

    Are you a book-reader or a binge-watcher? 

    1. I'm using all the free time to catch up on reading!
    2. Quarantine baking all the way, baby. BRB, gotta go feed my sourdough starter!
    3. I'm learning something new! I'm picking up a new language, or teaching myself how to sew.
    4. I've picked up an artistic hobby! I spend my days knitting, painting, drawing, crafting, etc...
    5. Well... mostly just scrolling through the internet. Watching Youtube, Netflix, reading Chinosity, etc....
  3. 3 What are your quarantine food habits?

    Are you turning into a pro chef, or are you food delivery expert?

    1. I cook every meal. Gordon Ramsay ain't got nothing on me!
    2. Well... I TRY to cook, but it never really turns out well...
    3. I am Postmate's #1 customer. Delivery all day every day!
    4. I've eaten nothing but toast, chips, and cereal for the last two months. Help.
    5. I'm quarantining with someone who cooks for me. This is the life!
  4. 4 How do you feel about being in quarantine?

    Are you an introvert who's grateful for the excuse to stay home, or an extrovert who's slowly dying inside? 

    1. I like it! I've really had a chance to work on my hobbies and take a break from the stress of real life.
    2. It's fine, but I miss my friends and family. And I'm bored.
    3. I don't love it, but I don't hate it. In fact, it's not that different from my normal schedule.
    4. I don't like it. I'm bored and I miss going outside! But I'll survive.
    5. SOS. If I have to spend one more day in my house I'm going to explode.
  5. 5 Lastly, who's your favorite quarantine companion?

    Are you quarantining with a partner, or with family? Or are you quarantining solo? 

    1. I'm quarantining with my partner/friend.
    2. I'm in quarantine with my family.
    3. My pet and I are in this together!
    4. My fridge. Eating is the cure to all quarantine-related boredom and loneliness!
    5. Nobody-- I'm doing this solo! Thank God for the peace and quiet.

Try This Chinese Snack Based On Your Quarantine Schedule

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    Shaqima (沙琪玛)

    Shaqima (pronounced sha-chee-mah) is a Chinese pastry made of puffed rice, bound together with a sweet syrup. Think of it like a Chinese rice krispie treat. You can usually find this delicious snack in the cookie/biscuit aisle. There are tons of flavor varieties to try-- my personal favorite is the brown sugar flavor! 

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    Taiwanese Pineapple Cake (凤梨酥)

    These little pastries are from Taiwan, and they're similar to fig newtons. They are delicious, bite-sized cakes with a buttery crust and a thick sweet inside. You can typically find these in the cookie or dessert aisle. Be careful, though... it's impossible to eat just one!

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    Mang Gong Cake (盲公饼)

    The name of this cake literally translates to 'blind man cake'. Apparently it was invented all the way back in the Qing dynasty by an old blind man, and is so tasty that it remains popular to this day.    If you prefer a more mild tasting snack that isn't super sweet, Mang Gong Cake is for you. It's made of ground nuts and sesame seeds. Once you taste this delicious cake, you'll understand why it's still around!

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    La Tiao (辣条)

    This savory snack has a name that translates to 'spicy strip' or 'spicy bar'. Think beef jerky, but made with gluten instead of meat. It's an extremely popular Chinese street food, but luckily you can buy it in the grocery store too! If you prefer your snacks to be savory and spicy, this is the snack for you. 

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    Haw Flakes (山楂饼)

    These round pink discs are made from the fruit of the Chinese hawthorn tree. They are sometimes used for medicinal purposes in China, like aiding digestion, but are also eaten as candy or a snack. They are also rumored to aid in weight loss. They are chewy and fruity-- if you've ever eaten fruit leather, haw flakes are similar. Next time you're at the Asian grocery store, keep an eye out for these!

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