In the last couple of days it has snowed during the daytime here in Beijing. This does not happen so often and in fact, in all my previous five winters here it didn’t even happen ones. So now it’s official, winter is here and it’s in full gear.
What can one do to keep warm on the street? One possible solution is this one.
This is a roasted sweet potatoes stand. Roasted Sweet Potato (烤红薯 – kǎo hóng shǔ) is a common street snack during winter time in the north of China. The beauty of getting yourself one is you actually fight the cold in two fronts. Not only do you enjoy a fine warm snack, but you also get to stand next to the hot burning oven on which it is cooked. At least for a couple of minutes the cold has got nothing on you.
Roasted sweet potatoes are sold by the Jin (aka catty or kati) which is a Chinese weight unit equal to 500 grams. This year in Beijing it goes for about 4 kuai per jin which means you pay 7 yuan give or take for an average sized roasted sweet potato.