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Taiwan, Hualien and Taichung Souvenirs

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Pineapple Tarts were the main must-buys in Taipei. Truth be told I had a laundry list of places to get the pineapple cakes or tarts (however they are known)...which ranged from Chia Te to Lee Chi or even SunnyHills but none of which were near us.

Headed straight for Jiu Zhen Nan, available at the airport at the highest recommendation of a dear friend who loves Taipei as much as I love Hongkong.

gold bars

Royalty packaging - from the purple box to ingot like boxes.

nom!

At NT400 for 12 pieces, this was pricey. Yet worth every penny - rich butter fragrance engulfs the senses, the pastry by itself is divine. Pineapple jam so pulpy and decadent. If the expiry date were any longer, I would have lugged back boxes!

Travelling out of Taipei to the other countys proved to be quite a rewarding experience, though some would insist "see one see all", I beg to differ on that. Hualien for Taroko Gorge and Cingshuei Cliff while Taichung was for Sun Moon Lake though Cingjing Farm did not materialise due to unforeseen circumstances.

Hualien

 street opp train stgation

Just opposite Hualien Station is an entire row of their local products - handmade mochi!

ah mei muah chee

Ah Mei Mochi was quite a stand alone, found their mochi a tad hard. Seemingly pricier than the rest too.

zeng ji

曾记's!

http://www.tzen.com.tw/


fresh mua chee

They have both freshly made mochi and pre-packed ones. These freshly made ones have to be consumed within 24 hours.

black sugar

The latest brown sugar jelly-like confectionery, denser than mochi and refreshing to taste!

box

Mango jelly which we fell in love with at Jiu Fen but did not buy.

mango jelly

Best eaten chilled but these had a certain plasticky smell about it.

nougats1

Handmade nougats with a variety of flavours - macadamia, peanut and almond.

moo print

Moo printed wrappers!

nougats

I like how these nougats are not too sweet though only available soft. I very much prefer my nougats crunchy but these are way cheaper alternatives to the Aussie imports. They do harden rather quickly over time but I guess that is the downside of freshly made anything!

Red Date Sweets with Walnuts are my favourite. I usually get my sugar fix from Hongkong but these from Taiwan are a lot friendlier on the gums - not too sweet and easy to chew.

Their handmade fresh mochi had to be consumed within the day which was perfect for the trainride back to Taipei but also meaning we could not bring any back home!

all in a pack!

All ready for the train ride!

fresh!

Green Bean mochi.

 green bean

Fresh chewy mochi skin with a generous ball of green bean paste.

floury

Same floury mess.

yam

Utterly delicious.

Thankfully they had prepacked mini mochis with a longer expiry date - just in time for CNY!

No samples were given for this so we were under the impression that they will be as good as the freshly made ones. It could be the flavours but the fruit flavours had cream and a slice of preserved fruit inside making it too sweet. Yam flavour also repeated the sweetness, all too sweet!

mochis

Colourful!

yellow

Yellow.

mango

Mango with cream.

yam mochi

Yam! The fresh one far exceeds this in taste.

strawberry


Strawberry.

kiwi

Melon.


Somehow these did not fare as well as the freshly made ones, certainly miles away from the Japanese equivalents too.

Souvenirs are relatively cheaper here, each packet went for approx NTD 100. Perfect for gifting too!

Taichung

taichung souvenir

一福堂

http://www.iffood.com.tw/index.htm

Only available in Taichung, this particular outlet was isolated.

box

檸檬餅

cozy midi lemon

Shaped like a lemon, this zesty lemon cake was uber fluffy with a lemon chocolate shell. Best eaten chilled.

lemon


太陽餅


Their sun biscuits are way different from those I have been gifted. Flaky pastry with a molten filling within! Not too sweet once again, we all loved it.

emperor cake

Emperor Cake


emperor cake inside

One of the stall's specialities, this milk custard cake is best eaten at room temperature. Pleasant tasting custard meets milky pastry.

packets

The next most famous Taiwanese export after pineapple cakes!

sunshine pastry

Sunshine pastry for this was so very different from the rest attempted, the molten filling was uber delicious though the fine layers were a tad plain tasting.

Taiwan

A foodie born to eat, shop and travel. Forced to work.

5 comments:

  1. Pineapple cake! I <3. The moo printed wrappers is cuteness overload!

    What is Emperor Cake?

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  2. Btw, I did a pineapple cakes showdown hahaha. Didn't like Kee Wah's. Chia Te's pastry crust was excellent! Very buttery and totally yummy, but pineapple filling's meh. DTF's was surprisingly awesome. Sunnyhills' still the best.

    Overall (up till now):
    Sunnyhills > Din Tai Fung > Chia Te > Kee Wah

    Taiwan 3. Hong Kong 0. LOL

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  3. hahhaa yea uber cute moo prints!

    Not too sure what emperor cake is but it's custard based..loved it! haa..

    yup agree that tw's pineapple cakes are really good, either way still better than our pineapple tarts!

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  4. I'm quite sure we hired the same driver in Taichung as he brought us to the same souvenior shop too! Btw, their cranberry nougat is nice!

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  5. @BH: ahh, i didnt get the cranberry nougats but the tw nougats are pretty good in general! cheaper than the aussie ones at least!

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