Whenever I ask my friend have you tried Ar Am (鸭颈) which is duck neck in Hokkien, and people will always reply me. “Yucks…. I don’t eat such disgusting stuff.”
“St-oink, you must be sick!”
Eventually, they do not know what really is Ar Am. Ar Am is actually a type of snack that people from 70’s – 80’s used to eat. I still remember when I was young, my granny used to buy us these snack and these really made our day.
Nowadays, it’s hard to find nice Ar Am. The only place to find it, is inside the Kuan Yin Temple (观音庭) Kuan Yim Teng in Hokkien. The stall which sells this stack is circled as the picture shown below:
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The stall owner is a fifty something aunty. I believe she has been selling the Ar Am here for decades.
Ar Am is made of soft maltose on the outer part and grained peanut with icing sugar in the inner part. The outer part is also covered with a lot of sesame which make the aroma even better. With its round and long shape which looks like a duck’s neck, that’s the reason why it is named as Ar Am.
Modern gen-X people, please try this snack before it becomes extinct.
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