This week’s snack find: roasted chestnuts, sold at a little stand inside Richmond’s Pacific East Mall, near the entrance to the 99 Ranch Market — just $3 for a 1/4-pound sack. These are little fellas — no bigger than acorns — but the meat is very, very sweet, and they’ll still be warm if you go early enough in the day. The best part is that these are the easiest-to-peel chestnuts I’ve ever encountered: Press hard enough on the right spot, and the whole shell comes off all at once with a satisfying little pop. (Fair warning: I left without thinking to ask whether the stand is open every day of the week, or whether it’s only there during the winter months. So I wouldn’t risk making a special trip, but I will say this: These are the perfect little thing to munch on while braving the 45-minute wait for weekend dim sum at Daimo or Saigon Harbor.) — Luke Tsai
- Roasted chestnuts from California.