Lukang: A historic food paradise
Translated by Naomi Lai
Taiwan's historic Lukang town has long had one other claim to fame--its delicious food. Long known as a "food paradise", the town's original development as a trade and commerce center attracted merchants from many mainland Chinese provinces, bringing with them a diverse variety of cuisine. Lukang's west-coast location has also provided the town with an abundance of seafood. These two main reasons have combined to give the town the rich, colorful dining scene that it is known for today. Thus, local and foreigner travelers are especially encouraged to come here and experience local cuisine first-hand.
Seeking out delicious dishes here to satisfy their taste buds is a key objective for many Lukang tourists. Gourmands can delight themselves with everything from traditional snacks to handmade pastries. This means that you can simultaneously fulfill your needs for good food, sightseeing and fun. On your way home, you can also take an edible piece of Lukang with you as souvenir for your friends and families.
Lukang has various type of snacks, including the long, oval-shaped "cow tongue" pastry. This was originally developed as an convenient, lasting food for travelers, and now is a part of local cuisine. Another famous snack is the pineapple cake, which was originally created as an promotional export using local agricultural products during the early stages of Taiwan's economic development. "Mian-cha" (flour tea) is another famous local product that requires a long production process, during which the flour needs to be continuously stirred to prevent the dish from turning bitter. You can also enjoy a type of cake steamed inside bamboo sections. Other local delights include green bean cakes, which melt in your mouth, and the phoenix-eye cake, made with salty egg yolks. Neither the sweet or salty flavors of this pastry are overwhelming, giving it an appeal among local and foreign consumers.
Although Lukang's cuisine has been famous for a long time, it has managed to retain its traditional flavors while producing new creative edibles that reflect the changing times and environment. Thus, the promotion of the town's culinary traditions has resulted in an innovative local food culture. It's well worth it to visit at different times of the year to experience the various facets of this town, best enjoyed with casual strolls through its streets as you savor all that authentic Lukang life has to offer.
We welcome you to come and experience first-hand the wonders of Lukang!
Changhua County Government