These strips of dried ginger root are dredged in spices, salts and sour
powders and are sometimes called Preserved Ginger in Chinese Culture.
The Chinese picked out 5 flavors to correspond with the 5 senses and the 5
qualities of the Yin. The 5 are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and pungent. These are all found in
the taste of this Red Ginger Candy. This candy was historically made only
once a year to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This bright red and powdery
candy was sought after to present to others in elegant red and gold ginger
boxes. It is now available most of the year round. The Sweet and Sour taste
mixed with the salty taste first assault your mouth and then the sweetness
takes over and finally the heat of the ginger takes over and gives a last
minute blast of heat. Many people swallow the pieces whole and grab another
one. This is not recommended as the ginger will create mild acidosis and
create indigestion. If the heat is too much, spit out the piece rather than
eating it. This candy can also be used to flavor hot tea by dropping small
pieces into a freshly brewed cup of tea.