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Nov 8, 2013 10:38 AM

Muslim dried fruit bicycle cart in Southern China?

A few years ago when I was in Shenzhen for business, I saw muslim men (the only muslims I saw in this part of China) with bicycle carts and the back of the cart was a flat bed on which sat a large pressed cake of dried fruit. This wasn't a baked fruitcake, but a solid mass of what looked to be a variety of dried fruits pressed together. He would slice off portions for buyers as a "street food" item. Does anyone know what the name of that dried fruit cake would be and where the custom originated of selling it off the back of a bike cart? Are these carts to be found in Arab countries? Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo and I haven't been able to locate any info via web search.

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  1. Does it look like this - the Uighur "qiegao"?

    This link has a pic of the Uighur vendors' tricycles

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    1. re: klyeoh

      Yes! That's it! I was afraid to try it while I was there because of sanitary uncertainty, but now I'm glad I didn't because I might have been scammed (I read the linked news stories). I had never heard of the Uighur people, so I learned a couple of new things today. Thanks!

    2. I wrote about these tooth-destroying delights last year: .

      Since you mentioned Shenzhen, I know that if you hang around WenJin Nan Lu just south of ShenNan Dong Lu, the Uyghurs sometimes congregate in that neighborhood. It's the de facto Muslim part of the city - there's a Muslim hotel, halal products stores and the like, and various restaurants - around there, and stretching west on ChunFeng Lu.

      Also, during a bus ride in Humen, Dongguan, I saw about twenty of the qiegao vendors lined up along a boulevard. Wonder what was going on there...