Beijing Snacks: Roasted Chestnuts (Without An Open Fire)

john  —  April 27, 2014


One of Canthy’s friends came over to visit and brought a bag of fresh-roasted chest­nuts. They are one of the most pop­u­lar sea­sonal snacks in Bei­jing espe­cially eaten dur­ing the win­ter months. I was sur­prised to still see them, as it must be almost the end of sea­son for this nut. They can be found across the world, but they always remind me of the UK at Christ­mas. I dis­cov­ered later that China is the num­ber one pro­ducer of chest­nuts in the world. That may be true, but it still makes think of home and Nat King Cole’s The Christ­mas Songwith the first line “Chest­nuts roast­ing on an open fire…”

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