Herbal Rice Cake
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.