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Dec 27, 2007 10:38 AM

Asian Food Question - (Perhaps asian snack)

My mother used to get these bags of ginger snacks from chinatown, they were kind of like crystallized ginger snacks, but they don't look like any ginger snacks I see these days on websites for asian foods. They were dark reddish brown tiny strips and they kind of resembled little brown worms with crystallized sugar, I guess, for the lack of a better description. I see crystallized ginger online but its always whitish or yellowish and they are just not the same. In any event, I am not even sure the ginger was meant to be a snack but that is how my mom ate it and it would take a good while to finish the bag. Heck it may have taken years, only a little nibble every other day or so. It was really good though! I would love to buy some to remember the taste but I have gone on asian snack sites and can not find it. Any ideas?

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  1. Are you sure it was ginger? Maybe it was candied ginseng?

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    1. re: Reene902

      Thanks for the suggestion, it's possible that is what it was... However I know my mom thought it was ginger. Haha. Also, it did taste spicy like ginger. I would be willing to take a chance on ginseng but wish I could see a picture of it online.

    2. Do they look like the picture below?

      I found these in a local Asian market in Seattle (HT Market on North Aurora).

      If so you could look for distributors that carry Mei Yuan products.

      1. Wondering if you ever found the ginger. I have been hunting for the very same thing!!!

        1. These are actually really popular Asian snacks. It is indeed ginger. You can find these in almost all Chinatowns (NYC,SF, Toronto) at small grocery's or in supermarkets. They are yummy!