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COMPASS MAGAZINE > September 2009
 

Spring Roll enjoyment for the entire year--Yang Ching Hua Spring Roll, Home of Spring Rolls, Home of Spring Rolls, Zhong Mei Spring Rolls

By Vincent Huang
Translated by Naomi Lai

Traditionally, spring rolls are a Chinese dish featured during the Cold Food Festival (Quingming Festival) in spring, hence the name of this delicacy. Since the Tang Dynasty, the Chinese have had a custom of not starting fires during the Cold Food Festival. Instead, they eat spring rolls, consisting of a thin wheat pastry rolled around spring vegetables. Famous Chinese poet Du Fu wrote "spring days, spring plates, threaded raw vegetables" to describe the season and enjoyment of spring rolls to the fullest.

Moving forward to the present day, spring rolls are no longer only for the Cold Food Festival, nor are they only filled with spring vegetables. While they may not be as common as many other snacks, these treats are a part of daily life for the Taiwanese and it feels like a spring roll stand is molded into the history of every neighborhood. Despite the few ingredient differences between various spring rolls, it is the slight variations in the fillings, or the moisture and tenderness of the pastry, that stands out as unique to local residents. This month, we take a look at four Taichung spring roll shops.

While each has a unique history and distinct character, all share the same satisfying sweet-but-salty peanut sugar powder sprinkled delights.

Yang Ching Hua Spring Roll

 

Yang Ching Hua Spring Roll (NT$35)

68, WuLang St (by LinSen Rd)
Hours: 9 am-6:30 pm
closed Sundays
(04) 23720587

A: When it comes to spring rolls, one can't forget Yang Ching Hua's Spring Roll Shop. A third-generation eatery passed down from the days of the owner's grandfather, this place has been open for 50-plus years.
B: Yang Ching Hua's Spring Roll Shop is one of the few spring roll vendors that isn't just a food stand. Instead, it also sells plum ice with their spring roll. The perilla plum ice with its salty, sour, and sweet flavor is top beverage to enjoy with a spring roll.
C: The spring rolls here are filled with about 10 different ingredients, including cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts, bean curd, seaweed and meat sauce. The third-generation owner says that because his business is a shop, they can prepare the ingredients as requested. The freshness of the food guarantees quality. The pastry itself is specially made, with a prolonged drying period to toughen its texture and give it a chewiness. The spring rolls here come in original and wasabi flavors.

Yang Ching Hua Spring Roll Yang Ching Hua Spring Roll

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Zhong Xiao Spring Rolls (NT$30)

ZhongHua and ZhongZheng roads intersection (ZhongHua Night Market)
Hours: 5:30 pm-3:30 am

A: With an over three decades of history, the well-known Home of Spring Rolls sits on busy ZhongHua Road. Besides spring rolls, it also offers steamed sandwiches and Szu Sheng Soup (pig intestine herbal soup).
B: The meat sauce at Home of Spring Rolls is stewed with red vinasse, and the ground pork comes from the same fatty pork slices used in the steamed sandwiches, giving a full, rich flavor.
C:The ingredients used here include Chinese sausages, dried meat, meat sauce, cilantro and dried raddish. The sausage and the dried raddish are both homemade. The dried raddish is made in the owner's home in Nantou, where fresh raddishes are put out into the sun to dry without any additives. Other than the original-flavor spring rolls, customers can also order spicy or wasabi varieties.

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Home of Spring Rolls

Home of Spring Rolls (NT$35)

ZhongHua and ZhongZheng roads intersection (ZhongHua Night Market)
Hours: 5:30 pm-3:30 am

A: With an over three decades of history, the well-known Home of Spring Rolls sits on busy ZhongHua Road. Besides spring rolls, it also offers steamed sandwiches and Szu Sheng Soup (pig intestine herbal soup).
B: The meat sauce at Home of Spring Rolls is stewed with red vinasse, and the ground pork comes from the same fatty pork slices used in the steamed sandwiches, giving a full, rich flavor.
C: The ingredients used here include Chinese sausages, dried meat, meat sauce, cilantro and dried raddish. The sausage and the dried raddish are both homemade. The dried raddish is made in the owner's home in Nantou, where fresh raddishes are put out into the sun to dry without any additives. Other than the original-flavor spring rolls, customers can also order spicy or wasabi varieties.

Home of Spring Rolls Home of Spring Rolls

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Zhong Mei Spring Rolls

Zhong Mei Spring Rolls (NT$35)

ZhongMei St (by XiangShang Market)
Hours: 4 pm-12 am

A: Zhong Mei Spring Rolls features more northern-style cooking, using freshly-cooked bean sprouts and stewed cabbage that result in a more moist spring roll. A sweet, spicy sauce is also added to the pastry.
B: The main ingredient here is braised pork slices. The cabbage is stewed in curry sauce and other side ingredients include egg crisps, bean curd threads, dried raddish, pickled cabbage and more.
C: Zhong Mei Spring Rolls has been a part of XiangShang Market residents' lives for the past 10 years.

Zhong Mei Spring Rolls Zhong Mei Spring Rolls

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