By TTNews Reporter Liao You-Sheng
Taitung County, Taiwan –
In the early Taiwan, the socio-economic conditions are generally poor and the life is assiduous and frugal. In the early days, pastries are not finely packed like nowadays; usually they are gift-wrapped with paper. If it is a special occasion, people will use the red paper to gift-wrap the traditional pastries because red means fortune and auspiciousness. Later on, the gift-wrapped green bean cakes are now known as “Fong-zai cake”.
Fong-zai cakes mostly are sold ten pieces together at a time. Fong-zai cake has a crispy and aromatic crust stuffed a soft and fluffy filling which tastes amazingly good. In the choice of flavours, the green bean paste flavour is the most popular. Fong-zai cakes can also be made with many other ingredients, including, traditional flavoured dried meat floss, white bean paste, red bean paste, swordfish floss, roselle, wild yam, sweet yam, taro, green tea, etc.
In fact, Fong-zai cake is a highly popular traditional pastry which can be seen almost throughout the nation. However, with the advance of time, the heritage of such traditional paper gift-wrapping style has only been retained in Taitung and partial regions.
Such alluring and good taste has been widely spread for over 60 years, Fong-zai cake not only taste great when eating plain, but it is also suitable for serving as a dessert or teatime snack.
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Fong-zai cake: 封仔餅