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Calls and sounds of the Peking street peddlers

Paintings of street sellers and descriptions of their cries and jingles from Samuel Victor Constant's Calls, Sounds and Merchandise of the Peking Street Peddlers, written in 1936 as a master's thesis at the College of Chinese Studies.

NEW YEAR'S PUDDING PEDDLER

The pudding man calls –

“Chiang mi ti je ninen kao”
or
“Hot glutinous rice pudding”.

This man pushes a small cart on which is a stove, iron bowl for cooking, and other necessities. The pudding is made elsewhere in the form of dumplings or cut into squares. It is then placed in a wooden basket having several tiers (lung t’i). This basket is placed over the iron bowl in which there is water and the steam keeps the pudding hot. The wood used for this basket and for practically all of the wooden containers of the peddlers is willow (liu shu).