A Bobo Store on Hugu­osi Street

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Tian Yan­qiong Edited by Roger Brad­shaw Photos by Yan Shen and cour­tesy of the Fuhuazhai Bobo Store

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.

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