Dragon beard candy?
Anyone seen this Chinese candy sold recently anywhere in LA? They used to have a stand at 99 Ranch Market years ago, but I haven't seen it in more than a decade.
Btw, this is what it looks like. The outer layer is a stringy candy, and the inside is a peanut/coconut (I think) powder.
Oh I really miss this candy, and watching it being made! There was a man who used come to the plaza where Empress Pavilion is, during Chinese New Year's and other times too, I think. He was such an expert and they were so good! Plus someone, maybe the same man, used to sell the very colorful hard candies on a stick, shaped into dragons and other creatures.
There is (or used to be) a Dragon Beard Candy stand in front of Hong Kong Supermarket located at 127 North Garfield Avenue in Monterey Park. The number to the supermarket is (626) 280-8888. So far as I can recall, the stand has been there for some 20 years, because I remember having the candy there as a kid. We call it something like Loong Sow Tong (Dragon Whisker Candy in Chinglish). I was craving this candy and I called my mom to ask her if they still make it there. My mom said yes, they still make it, and it costs $10 per box of five. I would call them before going, as I didn't remember seeing it there the last time I went and I don't know when the last time my mother was there. Please let me know if you find it (if so, I'm heading over there, too).
They sell these in 6 pieces packs at the Tak Sheng Heng around Monterey Park. I think there are 3 flavors, sesame, pop and peanuts.