"This is called bing fenr", said the mother to her little girl beside me, who was spooning up a bowl of sweet jelly and syrup. We were on Shuwa Street downtown, inside a narrow shop that sells various varieties of cool summer snacks. I was glad of the mother's reminder since I have a tough time keeping the names straight.
冰粉 （bīng fĕn), with a few cubes of watermelon on top：
Hakka style liang fen, or cool bean starch noodles, are called 伤心凉粉 shāngxīn liángfĕn, meaning 'sad noodles'. It makes for some interesting Chinglish on shop signs.
凉粉, liángfĕn; seasoned with vinegar, chili oil, peanuts, scallions, etc:
This was one unusual offering in the shop - a kind of sticky rice pancake. I expected it to be cold but it was heated piping hot before being sprinkled with sesame seeds and doused in syrup. I got over my disappointment since it was delicious. It's called 锅魁 guōkuí but was very different from any guo kui I'd previously encountered:
The place is always very busy. You are almost guaranteed to be sharing a table with someone. I am looking forward to going back for their 凉面 liángmiàn - wheat noodles tossed with seasonings, very hot; and for the 凉糕 liánggāo - smooth, cool rice flour based pudding, also doused in syrup. It's a good place to come for a treat after eating chuan chuan. Most snacks are Y3-Y5.
Address: South Shuwa Street #34 (暑袜南街34号) Shuwa street is between Tianfu Square and Chunxi Road.