Photo of the Day!


What is this man pulling? He is pulling ginger to make ginger candy, a specialty of the Zhangjiajie, Hunan region. I shot this on the second night of my recent road trip. I found it interesting that this ginger candy resembled nothing like the ones my mom buys in Asian markets in the U.S. Therefore, I must get some of these. In fact, I’ll show you another picture of these ginger candies as a bonus for today’s post.

After it’s been pulled long enough, the ginger is cut into bite-size pieces and hardened. The spiciness of the candy is dependent on the age of the ginger, the older the ginger is, the more spicy the candies will turn out. To be honest, I couldn’t take any of it. The candies were too spicy for me. I felt like my mouth was on fire.

Technical Details

Picture 1 (top): Sony NEX-5T v. 1.00 (f/4, 16 mm, ISO-1000, 1/160 sec)
Picture 2: Sony NEX-5T v. 1.00 (f/4.5, 24 mm, ISO-1000, 1/160 sec)

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8 thoughts on “Photo of the Day!

  1. Wah! My mouth is watering…that’s a favorite treat, and I really like it over-the-top spicy. The best I’ve had was in Malaysia, but that looks (and sounds) like a contender!

    In Japan, the tradition is to make ginger candy by simply saturating slices of raw ginger with hot sugar-water or honey for several days, and then drying it like a persimmon. The liquid left over from the saturating process is considered medicinal.

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