Kenting in Any Weather

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
Hello everyone. Welcome to Time for Taiwan. My name is Michella Jade Weng. In the summer, Kenting is known for its surfing and water sports. And altough it's on the Hengchun Peninsula in the southernmost part of Taiwan, it's actually pretty accessible. You can take the high speed rail to Zuoying, then get on the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle and you're there. That's where we're headed now.

Locals and tourists take this bus to get to Kenting, which also stops at Dapeng Bay on the way.

Kenting is surfing paradise for many people. Most come in the summer, and many even come in the winter.

Hear that sound? That's Hengchun folk music. If you get rained out or need a break from all the sunshine, this museum for local music can be quite interesting, especially if you are not afraid to embarrass yourself with a lesson on this two-stringed fretted lute.

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
I can't sing and play at the same time!

Chen Li-ping, Hengchun Folksong Expert:
When I think of you.
These two are for the last word.

I better keep my day job and let the professional handle this...

There are eight melodies in Hengchun folk music, sung to lyrics that have been handed down through the ages or made up on the spot.

Michella Jade Weng, Host
So that's Hengchun folk music. Next let's see how local delicacy salted duck eggs are made.

Jheng Siou-huei, Duck Farmer:
Look at this. These are salt granules.

Several weeks later when enough salt and minerals have passed through the shell, it's officially "salted" and ready to eat. The most common way to prepare them is by steaming or boiling for eating with congee. Here, you can make your own salted eggs, bring them home and patiently wait until they're ready to eat.

If you can't wait that long, you can easily find a local restaurant that incorporates these eggs into its dishes, like fried rice.

Another specialty here is the pork knuckle chock full of collagen and infused with locally produced tea. Also there's a seafood hot pot in a milk-based broth that tastes surprisingly good.

This trip really has been full of surprises, starting from how easy it is to get to Kenting and all the things one can do even in rainy weather.

墾丁驚喜探索之旅

說到夏天的墾丁,就是衝浪、水上活動囉!雖然位於台灣最南邊,恆春半島,不過交通其實還蠻方便。您可以搭高鐵到左營站,換台灣好行巴士就能到墾丁了。現在我們就前往那兒!

無論是當地居民還是遊客,許多人都會搭上這列沿途會停靠包括大鵬灣等景點的巴士到墾丁。

墾丁對許多人來說,是個衝浪天堂,大部分人都是夏天來,不過許多衝浪客連冬天也在這兒。

有聽到嗎?那月琴和歌聲,是恆春民謠。想躲躲太陽,或者躲雨時,可以來這兒聽聽當地音樂。如果您不怕糗,甚至還能上一堂月琴課。

主持人翁郁容:我沒有辦法邊彈邊唱啊!

恆春思想氣民謠促進會理事長陳麗萍:思想起,起就是這兩個

雖然是個音痴,但真的很有趣,大家可以來試試看!

恆春民謠有7個曲調,有的歌詞也是代代相傳,不過許多可是隨即創作出來的喔。

尬完恆春民謠,接著我們來體驗看看當地名產紅仁鹹鴨蛋是怎麼做的

鴨農鄭秀惠:你看這個,這個顆粒是鹽巴

當鹽分和其他礦物質在幾個禮拜後,充分滲透到蛋殼裡面時,鹹鴨蛋就可以上桌了。最普通的吃法就是用蒸的,與稀飯一起享用。而您在這邊DIY的鹹鴨蛋,都可以帶回家慢慢醃。

如果忍不住想要馬上吃,當地有許多應用了鹹鴨蛋的餐館,像這家就有道鹹蛋炒飯。

這邊其他人氣餐點,包括這盤充滿膠原蛋白的彈牙港口茶豬腳,還有這鍋用一半牛奶一半高湯煮出的火鍋,許多人都說真的很美味。

這趟恆春之旅,充滿了驚喜,原來,到墾丁是多麼簡單的事,也沒想到這邊有這麼多文化特色的室內活動,改天可以再多探索一下。