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Aug 27, 2006 06:32 PM

Dragon Beard Candy - Where to buy?

Topic says it all, a friend brought me a box from Hong Kong and I've since finished and want more.

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  1. I have yet to see it in the Bay Area. Also, dragon beard candy really doesn't have much of a shelf life. It's really best when eaten fresh. Unless someone here is making them, I doubt you'll be able to get good ones. If you're interested in making some, there's a thread on about that.

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    1. re: anna

      They have had demonstrations of dragon beard candy making at 99 Ranch and they were selling packaged dragon beard candy at the same time. This was a while back.

      1. re: anna

        I think you are right about the candy having a very short half-life. The only shop in North America that I know of that makes it fresh right in front of you is in Montreal's Chinatown. I recall one report from Vancouver, but that may have been another travelling demonstration.

        1. re: Gary Soup

          there's a guy in LA who makes it - has a little booth and goes around to various malls. Haven't seen him in a while, but if you post on the LA board, maybe someone has seen him lately.

      2. The packaged ones might still be available at local Asian supermarkets, but they really don't hold a candle to the freshly-made ones. Granted, they maintain their moisture, but the flavor, IMHO, is sub-par.

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        1. re: PegS

          i'm settling for something instead of nothing here. =/

          1. re: wchane

            If anybody's interested you can get the packaged imported version in the sweet shop on Washington St. in Chinatown adjacent to Portsmouth Square, across the street from Chinatown Restaurant f.k.a. Sun Hun Heung.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              I love this stuff too. Weekends at Koi Palace in Daly City there is someone who makes it fresh.

              Koi Palace Restaurant
              365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

          1. re: pikawicca

            It's sugar spun into thin threads of candy.

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            1. I think your best bet is to either hold out until you go to a Chinatown which offers fresh made ones or to make it yourself. I've seen several tutorials on the web about it.