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COMPASS MAGAZINE > June 2010
 

A traditional taste of Taichung to remember--Da Mien Geng (Thick Noodle Soup), Jute Soup (Mai Yi), Fengren Ice, Lo's Herb Tea

By Lishea Zheng
Translated by Naomi Lai

Taichung is filled with delicious old and new foods that have sated the appetites of diners over the years. Among these are a number of local edibles that have stood the test of time and impressed enough people to attain a measure of fame and historical significance. While there are a number of famous foods around Taiwan that have origins in Taichung, there are also the true Taichung classics--Da Mien Geng (Thick Noodle Soup), Jute Soup, Fengren Ice, and Lo's Herb Tea--which you won't find anywhere else. These are truly tastes of Taichung to remember.

 

Da Mien Geng (Thick Noodle Soup)

 

 

Da Mien Geng (Thick Noodle Soup)

On our way home from school as kids we would always pass food stands selling Da Mien Geng--thick yellow noodles covered with leeks and fried onions. The noodle soup is thick, sticky and aromatic, inviting passersby to sit down for a bowl. Add a portion of tofu, egg and other stewed items and you have a meal that the locals all remember from their childhoods. You can find Da Mien Geng in just about every traditional market, but the most famous vendor would be YingCai Da Mien Geng (21, YingCai Rd; 04-22011718; hours: 9 am-6:30 pm), which has been serving this delight for years.

Da Mien Geng (Thick Noodle Soup) Da Mien Geng (Thick Noodle Soup)

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Jute Soup (Mai Yi)

Jute Soup (Mai Yi)

Jute Soup (Mai Yi)

Originally a raw material for making ropes, young jute leaves are crumbled, rinsed until the bitter juice is washed out, and then made into a Taichung signature summer soup. Lin's Old Flavors (Lin Gu Zao Wei; 04-22201732) stands in the Taichung Second Market and has been selling Jute Soup (NT$30) for three generations. The soup is only sold from around the Tomb Sweeping Festival until the Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival. According to Ms. Lin, the best time to enjoy jute leaves is between May and June. Sweet potatoes and dried fish are also added to complement the leaves in the soup. Several pots are made and sold between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ms. Lin is also busy sending out Jute Soup with Like Black Tea (04-2220-0858) to Chiayi, and the shop often ships its soup to other cities around the country.

Innovative ideas about using jute seem to be multiplying daily via the skilled bakers' hands at the Lin Jing Sheng Bakery in Nantun district (94, WanHe Rd, Sec 1; 04-2389-9857) which, together with the Nantun Farmer's Association, creates various jute-flavored Scholar Cakes (steamed rice cake with fillings), Sun Cakes, Moon Cakes and Steamed Buns. The light green color of jute together with a slightly bittersweet flavor creates a layered eating experience. Other jute-related products, such as jute-colored clothing, paper and weaving, are designed by the farmers association's home-aid classes.

Jute Soup (Mai Yi) Jute Soup (Mai Yi)

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Fengren Ice

Fengren Ice

 

Fengren Ice

Mr. Chen Te-wang was initially considered a bit nuts when he first started selling shaved ice all year round under the banyan tree near the Taichung Mayor's Mansion 60 years ago. Because of the location, he went ahead and named his shaved-ice place Yizhong Fengren Ice (4-6, Lane 3, YuCai St; 04-2223-0522) and his combination of plum juice, red beans and green bean milk ice cream created a salty and sweet flavor that captured the hearts of customers. For three generations now, Chen's family has continued in the business, insisting on using the finest ingredients to create the most original flavors.

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羅氏秋水茶

Lo's Herb Tea

Found at many betel nut stands, Lo's Herb Tea is made from various frangrant Chinese herbs. The pictured store is at 285, LianWu Road (04-2212-7581). This tea is thick, slightly bitter and cool to taste, so that even a small sip of it quenches your thirst. The original recipe is made by Lo's family ancestor Mr. Chiu-shui from China's Fujian province and originally sold at Taichung Park. Now they have their own factory which produces canned tea with sugar (NT$20/280cc), sugarless strong tea packs (NT$120/10 packs; white) and light tea packs (NT$200/20 packs; yellow).

羅氏秋水茶

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