Left: Zao-bing cake is up; Gao-jha is down/Upper right:Gan-hua/Lower right: The pork thick soup
From TTNews Reporter Huei-un Luo
Photo by Rong Hong
Because the traffic was inconvenient in the early days, residents in Yilan contacted with the outside less. Consequently, they developed their own delicacies. In the countryside in Yilan incipiently, to make a Gao-jha, people chopped up the chicken, pork, and shrimp meat first, then cooked these faggots with a chicken thin soup boiled for 5 or 6 hours. After the faggots became cool, dip in potato starch and fry them. When Gao-jha was ready, it was very hot inside but cool outside. Gao-jha was a suitable term to describe the characters of residents in Yilan. Yilan people seem cold by their appearances, but they are actually passionate at heart.
Zao-bing cake is the famous snack, too. It is made of the mixture of candied wax melon, candied kumquat, diced meat, pork, fish batter, and sweet potato flour. Zao-bing cake has delicious and distinctive taste.
Gan-hua is a special snack. Its ingredients are the mixture of pork mince, shrimp meat, chopped green onions, cabbages, onions, fried shallots. After wrapping the faggots in caul fat, fry them. Then, you can enjoy the individual Gan-hua.
Yilan’s local delicacies tell of the Yilan people’s down-to-earth dispositions and the old-time flavors.