Chamoy lovers will dig this sweet, sour, spicy Burmese candy
Sure, it was fun being a kid in a candy store. But hopefully, by adulthood most of our tastes have evolved past the point where a pound of gummy bears or gobstoppers is good enough.
you are perpetually on the prowl for the interesting, unusual and oddball when it comes to dessert, listen up.
Southeast Asian food is increasingly easy to find in San Antonio, both in restaurants and in grocery stores, but most of the time we’re talking about Thailand or Vietnam. There is one exception in a sleepy little grocery store called Burmese Foods at 3703 Colony Drive, located about a minute from the intersection of Wurzbach Road and Interstate 10.
On the shelves there, you’ll find a line of sweets from a Myanmar-based company called Tree Food. They produce a traditional type of candy made from sugar extracted from a palm tree, typically called palm jaggery. Tree Food then works in ingredients like lemon, yogurt and ginger for a boldly flavored update on the candy. The 4-ounce bags are priced at $3.99 each.
One particularly noteworthy variety is made with tart plums, a masala curry-type spice blend and a healthy dose of chile powder. The flavors are undeniably Asian, but the experience is one any puro San Antonio palate can appreciate: an in-your-face sweet, sour and spicy assault any chamoy lover will recognize and respect.
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