December 6, 2012

How Cake Led to Ethnic Conflict in China

Austin Ramzy, Time

AP Photo

On the streets of China it is a common snack, a dense nougat made from nuts, candied fruits, flour and corn syrup known informally as qiegao—literally “cut cake.” It is shaped into large, thick sheets and sold on the back of motorized tricycles by Uighurs, a central Asian ethnic group from China’s far northwestern Xinjiang region. The treat is delicious, but buy it once and you’ll probably never want to again.

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