Dragon Beard Candy – No Shaving Cream Required

by Franklin on April 6, 2011

Upon reading the post title, you’re probably wondering what the heck this is.  Well, the story is, about 2000 years ago, the Emperor invented the Long Xutang candy.  He got maltose cut into sections and extracted them into fine filaments of thread-like candy and wrapped them together.  At the time, it was only served to the elite and royalty.  The finished products looks like a cotton ball with literally thousands of hair like strands.  Hence, the name — dragon beard candy.

As I was walking into a Chinese convenience store / boba shop, I was captivated by a video loop of how this candy was made.  The candy maker had some kind of dough (maltose), and kept on stretching it (kind of like how the Chinese make noodles).   He did this over and over, and over until he had so many string like strands. The candy maker handled it with lots of corn starch or some kind of powder to prevent the strands from sticking to each other. It was interesting and I just had to try some.

The texture and feeling was a bit weird in the mouth.  The white “beard” part melted in the mouth, kind of like how cotton candy does.  The center had some candied peanuts of some sort, thought there are other flavors to choose from.  The candy tasted good, but I could not get over the texture of it.   It was quite an experience.  Check out the video to see how it is made.

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Ney October 23, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Hi Franklin!
I have been looking for this dragon bearded candy everywhere – I was even looking from store to store, bakery to bakery in Chinatown, San Francisco but was out of luck. Can you PLEASE let me know where you found this place and if it is still existent? I would really appreciate it.

Thank you very much
Ney

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Franklin October 24, 2011 at 6:02 AM

Where do you live? I got mine at a random candy, snack and boba shop in Hacienda Heights. Are you in So Cal?

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Brandon January 14, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Hi Franklin,

I’ve been looking for Dragon Beard candy for a while, do you remember which shop it was, I’m in SoCal and am willing to drive ;).

Thank you

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Franklin January 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Hi Brandon,

Yes. It is in a strip mall in Rowland Heights, CA. The address is 8922 E Gale Ave, Rowland Heights, CA 91748. I don’t know the exact store name, but they sell Lotto tickets, boba, and a bunch of other random stuff, including beard candy! I don’t know if you are Coconut Bay, but it is like a few stores down. Though, I’m sure they have these elsewhere. Let me know if you ever find it. Good luck!

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