Life in China 2016: A Picture A Day, August 3 – I’m really glad that the Chinese like Taiwanese desserts and have plenty available because I LOVE the kind called “bao bing.” It is finely shaved ice, sweetened and sometimes in a milky sauce, then with a variety of toppings. My favorites are the sweet potato, purple potato and taro balls, black pearls, red (adzuki) beans, and coconut jelly. You can also get peanuts, herbal jelly, mung beans, Job’s tears, lotus seeds, and fresh baked taro or sweet potato. Places vary and may have different options. Then, there is often fresh mango on top! Tonight, Jim had to stay at work, so we had a “Girl’s night out.” Japanese dinner, saw “Secret Life of Pets” at the local cinema (very cute!), then shared a huge bowl of bao bing (top picture) :-) The bottom picture is a dessert I had in Guangzhou last week, the base was coconut milk instead of shaved ice. The other picture was a cute ad for buying the sweet potato and purple potato balls to make your own desserts at home. This is the answer to a heavenly dessert for gluten intolerant people like us!