A Bobo Store on Huguosi Street
The Fuhuazhai Bobo Store on Huguosi Street offers bobo a traditional Beijing dessert with original flavours for people savouring a taste that is on the verge of disappearing.
The Fuhuazhai Bobo Store, on Huguosi Street, in the Xicheng District, with its vermilion front, classical windows, and a gold signboard bearing its name hanging from the eaves, opens promptly at 9 a. m. Inside, the customer is greeted with gold- yellow curtains with tassels, garnet- coloured tables and chairs, along with an antique- style chaise longue, which together reveal a delicate Chinese charm.
Farther inside, the display case is what is most likely to catch your eye. The rows of desserts come in many different types, such as French bean roll coated with haw and sesame, and white moon-cake. They have their own alluring qualities but are all bobo, traditional Manchu and Han delicacies from old Beijing, with some of them included on imperial menus.
The store’s originator and owner, Wang Xifu, is an 80-year-old pastry chef and the soul of the business and he has done his level best, following his memory and instincts, to bring some imperial delicacies that back to the menu.