Jiufen Town – What to Eat 九份的點心
Jiufen has lots of choices of Taiwanese foods and snacks. Here are a few….
Taro Ball Sweet Soup “yu wan” 芋丸
Taro is a commonly grown vegetable used in Taiwanese cooking. Taro ball soup is made from taro/flour/potato starch and is rolled into balls. The balls are then boiled in a sweet soup. The taro is chewy and sweet when you eat it.
The taro balls in the soup are purple. The orange balls are sweet potato.
Taro ball soup tastes great when the weather is cold. You can also add red bean, green bean, and peanuts to the mixture as well.
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Other additions to the taro ball soup.
Below is a spooful of taro, sweet potato, and some red beans.
A sign for taro soup. Only 50NT. Some places let you choose a ginger soup for the broth.
Ice Cream Spring Rolls 冰淇淋春卷
Ice cream spring rolls are common at many markets in Taiwan. There are a few places in Jiufen that sell them.
The spring rolls are made with ice cream, shaved fresh peanut candy, and cilantro. It is then wrapped in a spring roll skin.
A shop demonstrates how to prepare the ice cream spring roll.
Ice cream on shaved peanut candy on the spring roll wrapping.
Taiwanese Meat Rolls “rou yuan” 肉圓
Rou Yuan is a very traditional Taiwanese food. It basically is flavored seasoned pork stuffed inside a gelatinous pocket. The round bun is then boiled and served hot with a sauce on top. Rou Yuan can be found all over Taiwan and is served and seasoned in many different ways.
The “Hong Zao Rou Yuan” stall has been around for over 20 years.Give it a try for a unique and famous Jiufen taste.
There is no shortage of barbecued food in Jiufen. Below, sausages are for sale.
Barbecued tofu simmers on the fire.
Fresh snails, still in shell, are heated up on the grill.
Other Taiwanese Foods
This shop sells “luobogao” 蘿蔔糕 or turnip cake. Luobogao is a popular in Taiwan and dimsum restaurants in Hong Kong. It is made from turnips/flour/potato starch and cooked in a large bin. It can then be eaten “raw” or pan fried with a sauce.
Fresh boiled eggs cooked in a spiced broth. The broth seeps into the eggs and gives it a unique flavor.
Below, fresh peanut candy is separated and bagged.