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Joseph Poon's Dragon Beard Candy

Dim Sum and Other Snack Foods

Joseph Poon's Dragon Beard Candy
1 bottle corn syrup
1 Tablespoon maltose
2 pounds cornstarch
1 pound roasted chopped peanuts
1 pound toasted sesame seeds
4 ounces sugar
2 ounces very fine dry coconut
1. Heat corn syrup, maltose, and two tablespoons of water in a non-stick frying pan for thirteen or fourteen minutes.
2. Using a bamboo skewer, pick up some cooking syrup, and at the same time, turn off the heat. Dip the cooking syrup into three cups cold water and stir it back and forth.
3. Pick up the cooked syrup in your fingers and check that it became softly solidified, not hard.
4. Use your finger to pinch it. Make sure it is not dripping nor hard, but somewhere in between these textures.
5. Pour into four oiled containers and let set about three to four hours and turn the plastic containers upside down.
6. Make a hole in the center using a chopstick and turn out the somewhat hardened doughnut-shaped mixture. Dip it into cornstarch. Then start pulling evenly and twisting, and overlap it. Twist and overlap fourteen times. Then cut a small section of these threads and fill.
7. To make the filling, mix the peanuts, sesame seeds, sugar, and coconut thoroughly. Take a spoon of this filling and put it in the center of the cut candy threads. Roll the silk threads to totally cover the filling, like sushi. Serve or store for a short time in more cornstarch. Repeat until all thread-like candy is filled, rolled, and dusted with cornstarch. Then serve.

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