I didn't even know that munching this stuff when I was young could save me from heart diseases. These Haw Flakes came from Chinese Hawthorn fruits 山楂餅 which are believed and I think proven to help people with heart problems. Read some hawthorn benefits here.
Chinese are really good food developer, don't you think, they always think of what's good, or beneficial for ones health, not just developing a product that would sell because it is delicious--- I remember the story of Jang Geum of Korea--- she incorporates medicine with cooking.
What we all know about (雜碎) Chap Suey is that it came from the Chinese, but we don’t know the rest of the story--- there are several. It is believed that the dish was invented (or should I say prepared) during the Chinese Ambassador’s, (李鴻章) Li HongZhang’s visit to the United States, but another story said that it came from Taishan, a district in Guangdong Province which as we all know is always portrayed as the city of great food inventions (the Cantonese cuisine).
The Chap Suey story has definitely been mixed up. --- And so as this blog, the blog will try to collect and record the all the food available all over the world--- and try to find some interesting facts about the food thru trivia.
Photos by: Charlie Chan (曾華順) and Chris Chan (曾佳音), unless said so or placed a photo credit link.