燒仙草 Sweet Herbal Jello

燒仙草Sweet Herbal Jello

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Sweet herbal jello will change people’s perspective toward ordinary jelly. The gel extracts from herbs provide special flavor and texture. It can be eaten with beans, peanuts and tapioca.

Where is it from?

Sweet herbal jello originated from Hualien, but the details of its history still remains unclear.

How do you prepare it?

First of all, the main parts of grass should be washed thoroughly and put into boiling water. After eight hours of boiling, the natural gel is gradually removed from the herbs. Next, you need to add some sugar and potato starch into the filtered gel. Finally, heat it constantly until it become eatable. You may eat it before it becomes solid jelly.

Sweet herbal jello is a type of hot thick liquid. Therefore, winter is the best time to enjoy sweet herbal jello. You may eat it with some ingredients, such as beans, peanuts, taro balls, tapioca and so on. The ingredients can make sweet herbal jello richer and tastier.

Where do you buy it?

Sweet herbal jello is one of the most common sweet desserts in Taiwan.










米苔目 Thick Rice Noodles

米苔目Thick Rice Noodles

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This traditional unique Hakka specialty was used to simply provide farmers energy. Nowadays, people enjoy it in a different way. The thick rice noodles have a variety of combinations, and this cuisine also shows the creativity of the Hakka people.

Where is it from?

Thick rice noodles are a traditional Hakka cuisine. In the past, Hakka usually ate it while they were farming. Every year when the Hakka worked in the farmlands, the housewives would prepare pots of hot thick rice noodles with sponge cucumbers or cool noodles with green bean soup. This delicious cuisine gave the farmers energy to finish their day.

How do you prepare it?

First, you put a filter on a cooker which is filled with boiling water. Then pour seasoned rice paste onto the filter and rub it with your hands constantly. Finally press the rice paste through a filter into the boiling water until they are well cooked.

People usually enjoy thick rice noodles with meats, mushrooms, dried shrimps or other salty ingredients. Furthermore, they can also be stir-fried with some other ingredients. On the other hand, you may serve the thick rice noodles with ice cubes, syrup, beans, taro balls and some other sweet ingredients. Thick rice noodles involve a variety of combination and this cuisine also shows the creativity of Hakka people.

Where do you buy it?

This traditional Hakka cuisine can usually be seen at Taiwanese traditional markets.










鐵蛋 Iron Egg

Iron Egg

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Iron egg is a kind of egg braised with soy sauce, crystal sugar and Chinese herbal medicine for seven days in a row. Thus, it tastes extremely hard and chewy.


Where is it from?

Some Taiwanese people might call the Iron Egg the “Stone Egg”. It is due to the fact that this kind of egg tastes hard and chewy. A woman accidently invented this iron-hard egg during the long rainy season in Danshui region. She cooked the braised eggs day after day. As a result, they have become iron eggs.

How do you prepare it?

The production of iron eggs is extremely time-consuming. First, you need to take off the eggshells, braise these boiled eggs with soy sauce, crystal sugar and Chinese herbal medicine for three hours and then air-dry them. This process is repeated for seven days in a row until these boiled eggs become iron eggs.

Where do you buy it?

Now, iron eggs are one of the most famous cuisines in Danshui Region and have become the must-buy for every tourist. The most recommended store is called “A-Po Iron Egg.”


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嬉遊淡水星 http://web2.hsps.tp.edu.tw/unit/danshui/snack/egg.html

鐵蛋簡介 http://library.taiwanschoolnet.org/cyberfair2003/C0334220553/intro_4.html

蝦卷 Shrimp Rolls

Shrimp Rolls

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Shrimp rolls are a deep-fried roll made by fish paste with shrimp, pork, celery and cabbages, which tastes crispy outside but tender inside.

Where is it from?

Shrimp rolls are one of the most renowned historical local delicacies in Tainan City, a place located in Southern Taiwan and has had fishing ports since the Dutch colonization era. Due to the effect of the changing seasonal climate, fishery landings are sometimes over supplied. Therefore, the locals would make the surplus fish into shrimp rolls.

How do you prepare it?

The first step to making shrimp rolls is to pound fish into fish paste. Next, stir the fish paste with shrimps, pork, celery, cabbage, green onions and so on together. Then, wrap it up with pig peritoneum and shape into a roll. Last, deep-fry the shrimp roll in heated peanut oil until it is crispy outside but tender inside.

Where do you buy it?

Two of the most well-known and popular shrimp roll stores in Tainan are called: “Chou’s” and “Huang’s”.

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王城氣度 http://tncftmm.blogspot.tw/2007/11/blog-post_29.html

台南美食 https://sites.google.com/a/mail.clps.ntpc.edu.tw/9960533/zhou-shi-xia-juan

麻糬 Mochi


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Mochi is a representative delicacy made by either glutinous rice or millet with a variety of stuffing, such as red beans, green beans or peanuts. It provides a springy but firm texture.


Where is it from?

When it comes to Taiwan’s aborigine’s and Hakka’s cuisines, mochi is regarded as one of the representative delicacies for both culture.

How do you prepare it?

In Taiwan, there are three branches of mochi: the Hans, Hakka and the aborigine. Among the all, the aborigine is the most suitable one to represent Taiwan. Different with the Hans and Hakka, Amis (one of native Taiwanese tribes) uses millet instead of glutinous rice as the major ingredient and called it “Du Lun.” In the past, Du Lun could only be served during ceremonies and festivals without adding any flavor. However, before Taiwan’s restoration, a baker added various types of stuffing, such as red beans, green beans or peanuts, into Du Lun and it has become the renowned “A-Mei Mochi.”

Where do you buy it?

Hualien’s “Zengji Mochi,” “Amei Mochi” and Changhua’s “Dayuan Mochi” are recommended to try as classic Taiwan’s local delicacy. 

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台灣觀光局 http://taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0001027&key=

台北市政府客家事務委員會 http://www.hac.taipei.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1046626&ctNode=26421&mp=122021

文化部文化旅遊 http://tour.moc.gov.tw/frontsite/local/localDetailAction.do?method=doDetail01&serNo=200906230005&subMenuId=801&siteId=101

台灣麻糬主題館 http://www.wretch.cc/blog/moreSo/21795971

麻糬的由來 http://mypaper.pchome.com.tw/candylee0227/post/1321782501

棺材板Taiwanese Chowder Toast

Taiwanese Chowder Toast 


Taiwanese chowder toast is deep-fried and cut open in square in order to fill with ingredients such as chicken, peas, milk and so on.

Where is it from?

There are two origins of Taiwanese chowder toast. First, it is said from a historical restaurant in Tainan. Mr. Hsu, the founder, took chicken livers as filling and called it chicken liver toast, but one day, a university professor considered the toast similar to a coffin. And thus, Mr. Hsu changed the name to coffin toast (chowder toast). The other saying is that coffin toast is a creative name made by Mr. Hsu himself.

How do you prepare it?

The cooking step of Taiwanese chowder toast is to fry toast to golden color, cut open the toast in the manner of a box and lid, put in chicken, peas, carrots, inkfish, thickened milk etc. and finally put the lid on. Chicken livers are seldom added now.

Where do you buy it?

Taiwanese chowder toast is a local cuisine near Provintia in Tainan.








茶葉蛋 Tea Egg

Tea Egg

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Tea egg, as its name suggested, is a boiled egg braised with black tea, soy sauce and Chinese medicines. Once you take a bite, you could taste the delicious flavor intertwined by black tea and eggs.


Where is it from?

During the Ming Dynasty, some villagers would boil eggs in a Chinese tea called “Chi-chia Cha,” which could prevent people from getting ill. Thus, it is believe that this is an origin of tea eggs.

How do you prepare it?

The first step of making tea eggs is to use a sponge to clean up the eggshell. Next, put eggs into cold water until the water boils for five minutes. Then braise boiled eggs with black tea bags, soy sauce, and Chinese medicines in an electric pot until the color of eggs turns brown.

Where do you buy it?

In Taiwan, tea eggs are not only a famous local cuisine in night markets, but also a popular product in convenient stores. 7-11, a well-known convenient store in Taiwan, could sell more than 40 million tea eggs per year. “Tainan Director’s Tea Egg,” ”Sun Moon Lake Grandma’s Tea Egg,” and “Fengjian Tea Egg”are renowned stores recommended by most of the locals.

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知食份子–茶葉蛋的底蘊 http://www.got1mag.com/blogs/kimcherng.php/2009/11/23/-778

知識百科 http://www.soku.com.tw/茶葉蛋/

維基百科 https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/茶葉蛋