By TraNews Reporter Luo, Huei Wun
CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan
(TraNews) – Chiayi is one of the earliest developed cities in Taiwan. The city was famed for painting during Japanese-ruled Period. The city has gathered so many fun things, culture and delicacies. One of the most renowned local specialties in Chiayi is “square cookies”.
Square cookies are made with flour, butter, sesame, sugar and salt. Made upon traditional baking method, the cookies have various layers and crumbly texture.
There are 2 origins of square cookies. It is said that a lot of people in Chiayi sold fried fluffy dough sticks back in 20 years ago and the founder of square cookies learned the basic skill of making traditional confectionery then turned it into square cookies. Some said square cookies are the combination of Chinese pancake and Chinese style shortcakes. Whatever the origin is, people adore the cookies so much and they have even become the snack in national banquet.
As time goes by, people develop all kinds of flavors such as almond, laver, scallion, chocolate and more. Tourists purchase a couple boxes of square cookies when they pay a visit to Chiayi.