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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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太陽餅 

太陽餅起源於台中,原本為台灣人喝茶配的點心,稱作「麥芽餅」。20世紀初由糕餅師傅魏清海改良成目前的樣子。太陽餅這個名字是以該家製餅舖的店名而命名,另一說為因為太陽餅樣子形似日本國旗,所以如此命名。

太陽餅是一種甜餡料的酥餅,外皮為由高筋及低筋麵粉混和的麵糰,加上豬油烘焙而成,吃起來多層又入口即化,內餡則是以麥芽糖為原料,甜而不膩,不論大人小孩都非常適合食用。太陽餅有兩種吃法,一種是搭配茶、牛奶或咖啡食用,另一種為較古早的吃法,將太陽餅以熱水沖泡來吃。

由於台中位於台灣西部鐵路的中點,台中太陽餅因此成為南北往來的最佳伴手禮,太陽餅的名聲也因此散佈至台灣各地。

reference:

台中市糕餅商業同業公會 http://www.taichungbakery.org.tw/qa_serch.php?lang=1&mother_id=7
台灣大百科 http://taiwanpedia.culture.tw/web/content?ID=11789&Keyword=%E5%A4%AA%E9%99%BD%E9%A4%85
維基百科 http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%A4%AA%E9%99%BD%E9%A4%85
阿明師老店太陽堂 http://www.suncake.com.tw/
台灣美食文化網 http://www.taiwan.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=48086&ctNode=2659&mp=1501
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