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Aug 8, 2008 05:49 PM

I'm really happy - blue cherry, 北京酸奶


When i was in beijing back in the stone age it seems, i used to go to Dazhalan/dashrla to walk around - this is the early 80's and I would pick up a crock of yogurt made by the beijing yogurt (sour milk) company ina little blue and white crock. They had sweet and not so sweet yogurt.

This place makes it. For the US market you can pinkberry it up with fruit and frozen etc. Or just eat a serving of the real stuff in a glass cnotainer - made here.


I think
137 w main st
English name - Blue Cherry
Chinese name - 北京酸奶
(peking yogurt).

enjoy it and support it - it's hard to get non -southern specialty places to stick around. It's not too far from Fosselman's but it's a different taste.

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  1. They also sell this stuff (Beijing sswan-nai) at 101 Noodle Express in Alhambra.

    1408 E. Valley Bl.
    Alhambra, CA 91801

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    1. re: J.L. this suan nai the 'drink' version that is sold in China, or is this some type of frozen yogurt?

    2. Thanks Jerome, I had no idea they even eat yogurt in China! Just to be clear, does this place offer both frozen yogurt and regular yogurt?

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      1. re: Chowpatty

        Hey know that Yokalt (not sure on that spelling) drink that has been advertised on tv that seems so 'new'? Well, it's been in the Chinese markets forever. I like it in the summer just slightly frozen.

        1. re: justagthing

          北京酸奶 is definitely NOT Yakult. It is NOT FroYo.

          Northern and Western China have a rich historical tradition of enjoying yogurt & yogurt-related drinks.

          Attached photo is from a public Google-able site (

          1. re: J.L.

            wasn't saying that it is the same, but that we do eat yogurt as well, since CP was surprised by it.

      2. Oh yay! Thanks for this report. I drive this place all the time and roll my eyes, thinking it's just another one of those iterations of Pinkberry. Memories of China await!

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        1. re: jeanniebeannie

          At Dazhalan/dashirla - you could get the drink as well as eating yogurt. This solidy yogurt is served with a straw.
          They soft-freeze some as well in the store - at 101 noodle they only have the plastic-jarred one, at the store they have a glass-jarred one for store eating.

          For those who go by the myth of no dairy for the chinese - southern china traditionally doesn't have much dairy. NOt much grazing land for animals, not many herds of sheep, goats, cows, horses. In the north, marginal land is used for pasturing - there are grasslands, moslem minority in beijing used to have (they still might, but i haven't been in years) bakeries specialing in (cow) butter cookies and cakes. Yogurt aplenty. Mongol and other nomadic minorities have cheeses and drinks from cows milk, sheeps milk and mare's milk.

          In the southern port ciites and inland where there were foreign concessions - there are dishes with milk - cantonese cabbage with milk sauce... shanghai still had small glass milk bottles filled with unhomogenized milk - the cream would stick to the tin (?) lid just like you heard much older people describe in this country.

        2. Thanks for the report. We saw signs for this place on our last running trip to LA at the end of July but couldn't figure out exactly where it was.

          FYI, they still sell that stuff in Beijing--at least they were selling it in the spring-- and its quite the family favorite. The crocks are stoneware with blue/white paper lids. You pay a deposit when you buy so you can buy to take away and then leave the crock somewhere for someone to find or you can stand and drink and get your deposit back. The fun thing was that we never knew about the deposit until about the 100th time we bought the stuff and we only found out then because I was determined to haul home some little crocks as souvenirs because I was positive that some day, the crocks would be gone. So we bought them from the vendor.

          Its such a Beijing thing. I suppose some day some horrid person will stop recycling the little crocks and the whole thing will go away. That will be such a sad day!

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          1. re: jenn

            got back from beijing a month ago and they definitely still sell the drink. =)

            1. re: wilafur

              had it today.

              it's drinkable too - and they mix it with other juices for the american market.

              1. re: notmartha

                Found them at No. 1 Noodle at Rowland Heights also. $2 a cup. Got one but didn't try yet.