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Fongkeng Village, the Hometown of Rice Noodle
2009-04-14 10:38:00
2009-04-14 11:19:00
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Leanne Chien
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Leanne Chien
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By TTNews Reporter Chiang Po-Chang
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Changhua County, Taiwan –


Fongkeng Village in Fenyuan Township is the earliest rice noodle production district in Taiwan. Some well-known rice noodles in other cities and counties come from factories whose techniques and skills were taught by Fongkeng rice noodle masters.

According to the fifth generation of CiFa Rice Noodle Factory Mr. Ke’s statement, the ancestors were once rice noodle masters from the mainland of China migrated to Taiwan and settled in Fongkeng Village, Fenyuan Township around two hundred years ago. Due to the advantages of clear mountain spring water and hilly landscape, it is a totally perfect location for drying rice noodles. Therefore, a hundred years of rice noodle industries was gradually clustered in Fongkeng Village, starting from three to five people family business until now eight rice noodle factories.

Fongkeng Village is located on the central west of Fenyuan Township and covered an area around 2.20 square kilometres, which is about 1.2 kilometres away from Shekou Village, the city center. Fongkeng Village is between 160 and 180 meters above sea level. Fongkeng Village is next to Huatan Township on the west and Dapu Village and Jioushe Village on the north.

The original name of Fongkeng Village was called “Fongtzaikeng” in the early days. According to the locals’ statement, Fongkeng used to have big maple trees all over the mountains and hills; hence, that is where the name comes from. From Fongkeng community, you can overlook beautiful scenery of Jiujiuyan Peak and Taichung basin.

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The heritage of Fongkeng rice noodle production is followed by traditional processes Fongkeng rice noodle is consisted of rice, corn and raw starch. Through the processes of soaking, grinding, pressing, hot water cooking and cooling, rice noodle will be placed on flat bamboo sieve once it has its flexibility. The purpose of placing rice noodle on flat bamboo sieves is to wait for stronger wind to blow-dry it.

Fongkeng rice noodle unlike Hsinchu rice noodle is much crystal clear and shining before it is dried. Fongkeng rice noodle contained a small amount of water is also known as “water rice noodle”. Its unique and chewy taste is very suitable for various cooking styles. Plus, Fongkeng rice noodle has been warmly praised by many foreigners and the locals as well.


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English and Chinese
Fenyuan Township: 芬園鄉
Fongkeng Village: 楓坑村
CiFa Rice Noodle Factory: 啟發米粉
Fongtzaikeng: 楓仔坑
Huatan Township: 花壇鄉
Dapu Village: 大埔村
Jioushe Village: 舊杜村
Jiujiuyan Peak: 九九炎峰




百年產業聚落 芬園鄉楓坑村米粉故鄉

江柏樟/彰化縣

芬園鄉楓坑村是台灣最早生產米粉的地區,在台灣其他縣市知名米粉,很多是由楓坑米粉師傅傳授也有的楓坑米粉工廠代工,可說是名符其實的米粉故鄉!

  據啟發米粉第五代的柯先生表示,約二百年前來自大陸的祖先是做米粉的師傅,定居在彰化縣芬園鄉的楓坑村,多丘陵地,又有清澈的山泉水,藉由南北風勢曬米粉,優渥地理條件,在楓坑形成百年米粉產業聚落,早期的三、五人的家庭產業到現在八間的米粉工廠。

  芬園鄉楓坑村,土地面積約 2.20 平方公里,距市中心的社口正西方約 1.2公里,地理位置位於芬園鄉中西部。西邊是與彰化縣花壇鄉為界:北邊則是芬園鄉的大埔、舊杜村。楓坑村乃是沿上源的八卦台地上的谷地,海拔約 160 至 180 公尺之間。

  楓坑古地名叫「楓仔坑」,據當地人表示,楓坑早年因丘陵地有滿山滿谷的大楓樹,因而得名。由楓坑社區的可直接鳥瞰草屯的九九炎峰與台中盆地,在芬園鄉台十四線,彰南路上通往楓林街有一入口招牌,另外在花壇民俗村附近的139縣大彰路也有仁愛路通往。

  楓坑米粉薪傳了百年手藝遵循古法,使用過冬再來米、玉米、澱粉三種原料,經過浸米、磨漿、壓成米粉條,經過熱水糊化熟成,接著用冷水的沖洗,熱漲冷縮特別有彈性後,再將一條、一條的米粉拿起來,批米粉在竹篩上,

米粉也是看天吃飯的傳統行業。放竹篩的米粉是看較強的風勢將米粉曝曬吹乾,在早期的楓坑村因楓樹滿山滿谷,又有曬米粉產業,而形成「滿山楓樹火紅,遍谷竹架雪白」的地方特色景觀。

  不同新竹地區乾燥炊粉,楓坑米粉製作因經過熱水與冷水過程,每一條米粉在還未烘乾前晶瑩剔透,含水量多因此又稱水粉。米粉可煮、可炒,可做炒米粉、米粉湯、米粉湯…等多變料理,尤其米粉遇水時更是飽滿,有獨特的滑流順口的口感,是台灣許多知名小吃餐飲的指定品牌,更行銷美國、日本、歐洲..等得到國際友人的認同。(攝影/江柏樟)

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