The chestnut guy is back in the neighborhood, roasting the succulent nuts.
Temperatures are falling in Beijing as our short but pleasant fall turns to what is sure to be another brutally cold and smoggy winter. (Winter winds regularly sweep south from Siberia and Mongolia into Northern China).
Another sign of the impending winter is the appearance this week of the chestnut guy. He parked his “tri-shaw”, a motorized cart, out on the sidewalk in front of China Daily’s main building and fired up the makeshift brazier in the back.
Dozens of russet brown chestnuts were nestled amid the small, seed-like nuggets of charcoal inside the copper kettle used for roasting. The man regularly stirred the nuts with a shovel. Each time the iron head plunged into the smoking pile it released a heavenly aroma.
China is the world’s No. 1 consumer of chestnuts and passersby quickly got in line to buy the snack. This batch didn’t last long - but, no problem. The chestnut guy will be back tomorrow.
The chestnuts are roasted in a copper kettle over a makeshift brazier.