When we last stopped in at Chinatown Food Market in Kansas City, we went home with our usual fare, although something unusual (to us) caught our attention and ended up in our basket at checkout. We're pretty familiar with the taste of most snacks and candies at Asian markets, but this one was new to us. Can you guess what it is?
These beautifully candied nuggets of water chestnut turned out to be the taste of the day. Water chestnuts lend themselves to sweet options as well as savory preparations and are found in many Asian desserts.
These had a perfect candied coating that kept the outside crisp and sweet and the inside juicy and plump. The water chestnut taste came through clean without being tainted by the sugary outside, and it made for a tasty treat.
If you happen to come across them on your next trip to an Asian market, slice them up and add them to a little fruit salad for some extra oomf, or just eat them straight out of the package like we did! Let us know how you'd like to eat them or what you thought they were in the comments below!
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(Images: Sarah Rae Trover)