Just what is that a picture of? Well, I tasted it and I'm still not sure! The best our group could surmise, it's a deep purple, lightly-sweet bean paste on a bed of cucumbers, topped festively with sprinkles. This was one of the more remarkable desserts in China. Actually, we didn't really have dessert in China. Melons would accompany the meal, and that was the extent of the sweets. Not a bad plan, really. China has far less dependence on sugar, and significantly fewer overindulgence-based health issues.
I can do without dessert, but I often
After dinner on another fine Chinese fall evening, we headed to a tea house. The young woman below explained the teas and brewed them for us. We were served a trio of dried fruits (bottom picture) and that was actually my favorite dessert in all of China.