貢糖 Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle


Peanut brittle is a candy which combines the crispy shelled peanuts and melted malt sugar by pounding them on a flagstone to create a chewy texture.

Where is it from?

There are two sayings about the origin of peanut brittle’s name, which pronounced as “Gong Tun” in Chinese. “Gong” means an action and “Tun” means candy. On the one hand, Hokkien served peanut brittle as a tribute to authorities. On the other hand, people need to pound peanut brittle extremely hard while making it. Both of the above-mentioned actions are called “Gong” in Chinese.

How do you prepare it?

Peanut brittle is simply a dessert made by peanuts and malt sugar. People would put the peanuts and other ingredients on a flagstone, pound them into pieces and mix them with melted malt sugar. Nowadays, the flavors of peanut brittle have already been expanded into a variety of tastes, such as butter, sesame, garlic, etc.

Where do you buy it?

One of the most recommended stores among tourists visiting Kinmen is called Sheng Zu Peanut Brittle.






台灣大百科全書 http://taiwanpedia.culture.tw/web/content?ID=19973

金門貢糖 http://www.kmvs.km.edu.tw/student_web/electron2/金門貢糖(網頁用).htm


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

鳳梨酥 Pineapple Cake

Pineapple Cake

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Pineapple cake is a small squared-cake stuffed with sweet stuffing made by pineapple, egg, honey, and wax gourd. It has become the most popular souvenir from Taiwan in recent years.


Where is it from?

Pineapple is pronounced as “wong lai” in Taiwanese, and it means to raise the fertility of a family. Therefore, pineapple is usually used in making cakes for the weddings or worship. In early Taiwan, pineapple cake was too big and expensive to afford for the common citizens. The pineapple cake consumers’ purchase nowadays has been lowered in price by a pastry chef in Taichung who reformed it into a small-sized cake.

How do you prepare it?

The stuffing of pineapple cake is made from pineapple stewed with egg, honey, and wax gourd. The outer of pineapple cake is the dough made by the mixture of butter, shortening, icing sugar, plain flour and egg. After finishing the above-mentioned steps, a pastry chef will stuff in the dough and bake it as the small-squared pineapple cake.

Where do you buy it?

Pineapple cake is one of famous local cuisines in Taichung City; therefore, many famous stores are located in this city. However, after pineapple cake is selected as the best souvenir of Taipei City in 2006, it has shot to fame and became the most popular souvenir for both visitors and locals.


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鳳梨酥的由來 http://www.linye.com.tw/pdf/youlai.pdf

鳳梨酥配方 http://www.ytower.com.tw/prj/prj_760/p1.asp

維基百科 https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/鳳梨酥

TVBS http://www.tvbs.com.tw/NEWS/NEWS_LIST.asp?no=jimmyliu220130417124252

草仔粿 Herbal Rice Cake

Herbal Rice Cake

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Herbal rice cake is a salty chewy snack consisting of radish slices and minced pork as the inner portion and glutinous rice and mugwort as the outer part.

Where is it from?

The origin of herbal rice cake is untraceable. However, it has been the indispensable sacrifice on Tomb Sweeping Day for a long time. A saying in Taiwanese goes “worship with rice cake, come the property.” It means if you take rice cake as an offering to the ancestors, they will bless you and assure the offspring of getting more property. No matter if it is the culture of Southern Fujien or Hakka, herbal rice cake is essential in many customs.

How do you prepare it?

Herbal rice cake is a salty snack. The inner part of the cake fills with radish slices, minced pork, and dried shrimps. The outer part is made from glutinous rice and mugwort. Because of mugwort, the outer part has a color of green. The herbal rice cake is steamed. Thus the outside is chewy, the inside is crunchy, and the fragrance is rich.

Where do you buy it?

Although herbal rice cake is a traditional sacrifice on Tomb Sweeping Day, you do not have to wait until that time to buy one. It is sold in many traditional markets in every area, especially in Jioufen, Taipei and Fenglin, Hualien, which are renowned for herbal rice cakes.

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藍星幸福小站(奇摩部落格) http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/jw!yeria4aTEhRigJQoFn9j3FbY/article?mid=13695

紅龜粿 Red Rice Cake

Red Rice Cake

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Red rice cake can be produced in either sweet or salty flavor. Its outer part is made from glutinous rice while the inner fillings are made of red bean paste or other ingredients.

Where is it from?

Red rice cake, which has a shape of turtle, is usually used for worship. In Chinese culture, turtle symbolizes auspiciousness and longevity. In the ancient times, people used live turtles to sacrifice to gods. As time passed, it is unlikely to obtain live turtles. Therefore, people produced turtle-shaped food to substitute the real ones. Also, since the red color represents luck and joyfulness, you can find red rice cake in other celebration occasions such as weddings.

How do you prepare it?

Red rice cake has two flavors: sweet and salty. The sweet one is more traditional. The outer part of the rice cake is made from glutinous and red food coloring so it can be red. The inner part fills with red bean paste and mung bean paste. Before steamed, red rice cake needs to be put in the mold to be shaped like a turtle. Sometimes along with the turtle pattern, people also imprint Chinese characters related to happiness on it. Red rice cake has a chewy feel and sweet filling. Now there are many salty and sweet flavors provided for customers to choose.

Where do you buy it?

You can purchase red rice cake in every traditional market all over Taiwan. The most famous one is in Bali, Taipei.


(red rice cake filled with red bean paste)






教育部食品加工科學習加油站 http://content.edu.tw/vocation/food_production/tn_ag/rice9.htm


黑糖糕 Brown Sugar Cake

Brown Sugar Cake


Brown sugar cake’s ingredients include cake flour, brown sugar liquid, baking powder, eggs, and salad oil. After steamed, it is springy and fragrant.

Where is it from?

In the Japanese colonial period, many Japanese moved from Okinawa to Penghu and operated quite a few bakeries. Okinawa is famous for brown sugar, and brown sugar cake was invented by a Japanese baker. At that time, a lot of elderly people living in Penghu loved this dessert after eating it, and learned how to make it. Brown sugar cake not only served as a dessert for eating but also as a sacrifice to the deity. After the restoration of Taiwan, the increasing number of Penghu residents went to Taiwan for work and shared brown sugar cake with their colleagues. It gradually became the feature of Penghu.

How do you prepare it?

The production process of brown sugar cake is simple. Mix cake flour, brown sugar liquid, baking powder, eggs, and salad oil together. Then put the mixture in a vessel and steam it. Finally, sprinkle on sesame seeds, and brown sugar cake is ready to serve. The feel of the cake is springy and the brown sugar spreads the sweet taste and aroma around the cake.

Where do you buy it?

In Penghu, there are approximately 7 shops selling brown sugar cake. The taste and texture vary in different shops. You can choose whichever you like. Although brown sugar cake is a specialty in Penghu, you still can find this delicacy in other areas of Taiwan.






悠遊澎湖民宿旅遊網 http://www.penghu-travel.org.tw/food.htm

國內旅遊資訊網 http://www.travel-service.com.tw/penghu-eat.php

台灣美食文化網 http://www.taiwan.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=67594&ctNode=2659&mp=1501

方塊酥 Square Cookies

Square Cookies


Square cookies are made from baked milk powder and butter or baked lard, sesame and sugar.

Where is it from?

Square cookies are from Chiayi County, and they are the County’s most representative dessert and souvenir. It is said that the square cookie is adapted from the noodles in the north of China and is therefore easier to be kept for a longer time and to be eaten in any place. Square cookies have been served as snacks in Seven Seas Residence since the year of 1911. Moreover, it was later chosen as one of the Taiwanese’s 100 souvenirs, Taiwanese state banquet dessert and one of Chiayi’s ten souvenirs.

How do you prepare it?

Square cookies are made from baked milk powder and butter or baked lard, sesame and sugar. Though it is not that special to look at, the taste of butter and sesame will impress you! Besides, its crispy taste texture is the most attractive characteristic for a large amount of gourmands.

Where do you buy it?

Square cookies from Chiayi are considered the best.