By Josie Wu Translated by Picker Chen
11, SongJiang Rd, Taipei
(02) 2523-9987, (02) 2518-3820
fax: (02) 2516-5658
Hours: 8:30 am-9 pm;
Sundays 8:30 am-12 pm
Wire account for delivery: EnTie Commercial Bank
Songjiang Branch, 126012-08100, Full Futang
"Duqi" biscuits are
also a good choice for afternoon tea.
Gift Sets for Moon Festival and the New Year
The Sweet Potato Cakes have natural wrinkles,
thanks to a full stuffing.
Sampling of choices available.
Futang wishes all customers a happy life and good
The "Duqi" biscuit has become an all
time favorite gift set for both natives and foreigners.
Using the traditional process, mini meat cakes
are NT$40 each.
"Is Futang really 100 years
old?" I wanted to know. "Of course!"
replied the owner. "My great-grandfather
started making wedding biscuits and cakes back
in 1899 in Miaoli. They are a great representation
of Hakka uniqueness." From the Qing Dynasty,
the owner's ancestors were making biscuits and
cakes, and have passed these techniques and recipes
on. This history has resulted in many accumulated
skills and improvements, and the entire process
is now a family secret.
Observing my great curiosity,
the owner pulled me down into a chair, made some
tea and offered some of her cakes. Smiling, she
said, "The early minced meat cakes (original/garlic
flavour NT$160) was the pride of our store. The
preparation involved the Hakka tradition of making
'Futsai' [fortune dishes]. Also, meat was not
as easy to preserve in those days, so the pork
was cut into pieces and smoked with salt and sugar.
This was the ultimate traditional flavour back
Other than the Traditional Biscuit
and Cake series, Futang also has many specials,
like the "Duqi" biscuit (NT$18/single,
NT$210/dozen), named after its navel shape. It
is said that during the Japanese occupation, the
Japanese apprentices who worked at the Miaoli
sugar factory would use local materials to make
little snacks in the shape of toys because they
missed home and its flavours. Although the mooncake-shaped
Green Bean Pung (original or curry flavoured,
NT$48), egg yolk cakes (NT$35), and pineapple
cakes (NT$28) are found everywhere, the ones at
Futang are unique. The Green Bean Pung is fresh,
delicate, slightly sweet and not heavy, while
the pineapple cakes use fresh pineapple ground
into slightly pulpy paste. Another new seasonal
speciality is the sweet potato cakes (NT$25),
made from wild-grown sweet potatoes that are naturally
sweet and don't require added sugar. These are
Combining innovation, creativity and tradition,
Futang has eliminated early, normal cake problems
with sweetness and heaviness of flavour. The resulting
snacks make great party foods.
So more can enjoy these traditional
cakes and biscuits, the owner and his wife expanded
out of Miaoli and into Taipei. In just a few months,
their reputation has soared. Many tourists make
special trips to buy their cakes. The shop has
special delivery services to the HsiaTa Hotel
for orders over NT$1,500.
If you miss good, old traditional snacks, a trip
to Futang will take your taste buds on a pleasing
journey back in time.