By TTNews Reporter Shao Yu-Ming
Taichung City, Taiwan –
Speaking of the famous local specialty in Taichung, of course it is the most well-known “sun cake”. Taichung can be described as the home of the sun cake. Many pastry bakeries are derived from here. With more than hundred years of the evolution, each bakery has its own unique charm, as well as different taste and appearance.
The original sun cake is made with flour and maltose into a round-shaped pastry. Afterwards, the pastry chef uses some creativity and ingenuity to roll out a variety of new flavours, including taro, brown sugar, strawberry, cranberry and other novel flavours. Some even make the sun cake into a heart shape. In Central Taiwan Lantern Festival of 2008, the mouse-shaped sun cake was introduced for its very first time, which looks really adorable and funny!
Zihyou Road Shopping District is primarily introduced the sun moon cake as the main theme. Many well-known bakeries have settled down here for a long while. Zihyou Road Shopping District used to be the old downtown of Taichung. In the past, a lot of outsiders would definitely buy few boxes of sun cake home. Ever since the expansion of shopping districts, besides Zihyou Road, there are a lot of sun cake bakeries opened near Jhonggang Road and the exit of highway in order to serve more customers.
After years of efforts, the reputation of the sun cake has gradually raised onto the international stage. Many foreign tourists come to Taichung will also bring a box of sun cake home. However, in addition to traditional sun cake, many bakeries also offer a wide variety of well-known pastries, such as green bean cake, pine nut cake, pineapple cake, savoury cake, lemon cake, longan cake, butter biscuit, taro cake, winter melon cake, dragon’s tongue biscuit, etc.
Not only traditional Chinese-style pastries are fairly popular, but even new Western-style pastries are widely praised as well, such as New Zealand cake, rose pie, soufflé, cheesecake, nougat, fruity glutinous rice cake, CD cake and so on. The unique and charming taste of pastry coupled with exquisite and modern packaging surely is an excellent choice of gifts.
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