In the middle of the market in Xi’an, a young vendor was hammering and smashing away at a block of what looked like sugar or candy. Turns out it was his grandmother’s old recipe for natural throat lozenges. A mixture of fresh pear juice, sugar and eucalyptus oil. How fantastic is that?
It was quite delicious, quite strong, and well, effective. We purchased about $1 worth and he whacked away at the block and gave us a little plastic bag filled with the shards. I loved how he separated the really find dust, not including it in our bag, as if that was not the good thing to do.
He explained to our guide that they made this in small batches, according to his grandmother’s recipe, with all natural ingredients. Compared to the stuff you buy in groceries and drugstores in snazzy packaging and relatively exorbitant prices, these artisanal lozenges were a real treat.