Jiaoxi Hot Springs: What to buy and shop for
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Most famous towns in Taiwan have a special food or product that is a must buy for visitors. Here are a few for Jiaoxi Township.
Jiaoxi Chili Pepper Shop
The Chili Hunter Creative Museum 辣椒文創館 is a chili shop that sells snacks, sauces, and ice cream, yes , ice cream， all made from various chili peppers that are famous around the world.
The sales people can explain any kind of chili pepper to you, their origins, and degree of spiciness from levels 1 to a “suicide” level 6. There are samples of dried chilli pepper chips and peanuts (very good!) to sauces, chocolates (not bad), and even flavors of ice cream. The ice cream is an interesting feeling of cold but spicy. It’s delicious!!!
The chili pepper shop is located next to the Tangweigou park in central Jiaoxi.
Cow Tongue Cookies
Cow tongue cookies are a famous Taiwanese snack.No,they arent made from real cow tongues. They are a sweet treat that comes in many flavors like milk, red bean, sweet potato, and brown sugar.
There are two varieties of cow tongue cookies, soft and hard. The soft cookies have a little filling in them and are a bit heavier.
Green Onions and Hot Spring Tomatoes
When driving through the Jiaoxi area, it’s hard to miss the array of green onion stands along the sides of the road. Green onions grow well and large here. If you do buy some, be careful as the smell is very strong and soon your car will smell like them.
The Hot Spring omatoes are also abundant in the Yilan region. They grow very large and red. The taste is fresh and a little bit sweet. Many restaurants will add these tomatoes to their dishes.
Small kumquat oranges are also grown here. They are fresh and juicy and great for making tea during the cold winters.
Famous Cake Shops
The YIshunhan cake shop is a famous one and is located in the center of Jiaoxi across the street from Tangweigou Park. Go in and try their various cakes. The sweet egg rolls are wonderful.