Tainan Salt and Culinary Festivals

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
This here in my hands and underneath my feet is neither snow nor sand. This is salt from the last mound of sea salt ever produced in Taiwan. Welcome to Qigu, Tainan!

What looks like a small mountain of snow is really a huge pile of salt. In the summer, families with small children like to come to Qigu to experience a different kind of "snow."

At the top of the hill, you can see traces of the salt pans that were here before salt production was completely industrialized. You can still get a feel of how it was made though.

These pedal-powered watermills are similar to what workers used to bring in water from the sea. It feels kind of like cycling.

Nearby is the Taiwan Salt Museum, which tells the story of the country's 338-year-old salt pan industry that ended in 2001when labor costs became too expensive to do everything by hand.

And every year, the museum also hosts a salt sculpture festival. This year it's on the 6th and 7th of August.

Kids absolutely love these crafts, and they’re not difficult, either.

While the little ones play, parents can get a taste of coffee with not sugar, but Himalayan salt added to it. Or perhaps a savory popsicle.

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
Oyster noodles in these parts are quite common as well, but it's not a noodle soup like most places, here it's stir-fried.

Restaurants from this area attend the annual Taiwan Culinary Exhibition and are well received.

Instead of baking fish in salt, this place bakes eggs and shrimp.

Ever had milkfish soup seasoned with pickled baby watermelons? Tainan has some of the best cuisine in the country. Home style cooking like this can have visitors want to come back for more.

七股鹽雕節 台灣美食展

主持人 翁郁容:
在我手中,在我腳底的這些東西,不是雪,也不是沙,這是台灣最後一座手工海鹽山,歡迎來到台南七股!

白白一一座大鹽山,乍看之下還真的很像雪,因為在夏天連高山都沒有瑞雪可以玩,許多爸媽會帶小朋友來這邊感受七股的"鹽雪"。

如果爬到鹽山頂,可以看到七股歷史悠久的鹽田遺跡,還有最近為了教育和觀光而設置的鹽田體驗區。

一旁還有龍骨水車,以前製鹽用的海水就是靠鹽工這樣引進的。您可以踩踩看,就像腳踏車一樣。

另外,鹽田旁邊還有一座鹽博物館,進來看看吧!台灣手工製鹽的歷史長達338年,雖然10年前已經廢曬了,但相關文化和知識,都保存在這兒。

每年博物館也都會舉辦鹽雕藝術季,今年是在8月6日和7日。

小朋友:蠻好玩的。

小朋友最喜歡這些手工藝,而且不會太困難。

因為這裡是鹽的家鄉,所以連冰棒和咖啡都有鹽巴口味。加了頂級西馬來亞玫瑰鹽的咖啡,還有烏梅,核仁鹹冰棒,您吃過嗎?

主持人 翁郁容:
嗯,核仁堅果鹹冰棒,有點奶香,鹹鹹的,還不錯啦。所以在鹽博物館有鹹冰棒,鹹咖啡,不過在七股,不是什麼東西都鹹鹹鹹。

當地的牡蠣也相當有名,不過這裡的牡蠣麵線可是乾的,與爆香過的大蒜一起炒,不錯吃哦。

台南料理好好吃,每年都會有來自這邊的餐廳參加全國性的美食展,而且大受好評。

有人鹽焗虱目魚,這家則鹽焗雞蛋還有草蝦。

還有,您有喝過西瓜綿虱目魚湯嗎?這是老闆娘的拿手菜之一。裡面的西瓜綿是醃漬過的小西瓜,稍微酸酸的,用來提味。台南美食,令人讚不絕口,連家常料理都能令人感動。