The hottest season is also the happiest season for Beijing citizens...If go to the market later when the lotus root is nearly sold out, people who are not very rich can also taste the "ice bowl"—a large bowl of ice, It is covered with tender green lotus leaves, filled with fresh water chestnuts, walnuts, almonds, and lotus roots. The ice bowl mixes with melons to be a fragrant, fresh, clean and cold wine dish.
When it comes to night, people turned the street into an open-air canteen. Many people moved their dinner tables to the street. Adults and children sat in the street, with their mouths full of food, and watched the people who came back late and rode their bicycles through the crowd.
The secret to make Sour Plum Soup is to put more crystal sugar, thick plum juice, and less water, so it will taste rich and tangy. The cold taste, moderate sweetness and sourness, makes people can hardly tear themselves away from it. Most people will drink another bowl after trying a small bowl.