Sun Moon Lake Tea Egg Hunt

It's always exciting to hear that we're getting to go to Sun Moon Lake again. Even though there's only one lake and one road that goes around the it, there are tons of ways to enjoy the area. Today, we're cycling again.

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
We've been to Sun Moon Lake quite a few times now, and each time there is a pleasant surprise. But today we have a special mission, and that is to find the two famous tea egg places on opposite sides of the lake and see how they're different. Ready to go?

We're setting off from Shuishe this time, starting from the new pathway built literally on the water.

The round-the lake road is 33 kilometers long. I like to go clockwise, so there are no cars to get between the pretty scenery and myself.

Zou Jin-pen, Tea egg shop owner:
What's special about us, is that we use local Assam black tea and mushrooms, which are two of the most famous things in these parts.

The mushrooms are a bit salty, but the tea eggs on the other hand...

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
Hm, it's not bad!

So off we go to the next station, and when you hit crazy hills like this, you can keep telling yourself, "you're almost there."

This is the Xiangshan Visitor Center, composed of what seems like just two low, flat concrete arches.

You Jhao-min, Guide:
This building is the visitor center. In the back is our scenic administration office. In the future, there will be a hotel back there too. But through the empty area under the arches, you'll still be able to see Sun Moon Lake.

So taken by the design, I've almost forgotten about our tea egg assignment!

日月潭鐵馬環潭吃茶葉蛋

每次聽到要來台灣最美麗的湖泊之一--日月潭,都令人好興奮。雖然潭就這麼一個,主要道路也只有一條,但每次玩的方法都可以不一樣。

主持人翁郁容
日月潭,我們來過好多次了,每一次都有不同的驚喜,不過這次我還有個特別任務,就是除了環湖以外,我們還要去嚐嚐阿婆茶葉蛋,還有所長茶葉蛋。看兩個有什麼不一樣。Let's go!

今天從水社出發,因為這裡有條水上自行車道還沒騎過,想先來體驗看看。

環潭道路縱共33公里長,我喜歡順時鐘騎,因為這樣,我們和美麗的湖景之間就不會隔個大車道。

茶葉蛋業者 阿婆 鄒金盆
我們這邊特別的地方是,用的阿薩姆紅茶,是從茶業改良場那邊拿來煮的。香菇則是我們魚池鄉的三寶之一。

這香菇真的有點鹹,不過茶葉蛋呢...

主持人翁郁容
咦,不錯耶。

接著往下一站走,當您開始瘋狂上坡,就可自我催眠 "就快要到了"

這裡是向山遊客中心,設計極簡具有現代日式風格。

解說員游釗敏
這一棟就是遊客中心,後面這一棟就是(風景管理處)辦公室,以後後面還有飯店。從後面藉由這個空垮,還可以看到日月潭。

看建築,看到差點忘了我們的茶葉蛋任務!

主持人翁郁容
我要一顆茶葉蛋。

聽說這裡的茶葉蛋,其實…沒茶葉。

茶葉蛋業者 王朝輝
我們這裡的茶葉蛋其實不是用茶葉下去滷的,而是用中藥材下去滷的。一顆蛋的滷製時間大概要四個工作天。

主持人翁郁容
所以到底哪個好吃呢?是中藥蛋,還是阿薩姆紅茶香菇蛋?其實不跟你講,自己來吃吃看吧。

騎完一圈,是不是想來份豐盛的餐點呢?這是阿薩姆紅茶豬腳,廚師堅持使用當地最新鮮的食材。

第一次來到這邊騎鐵馬,目標只有順利騎完一圈。這次,我慢慢的騎,沿途去探險,感覺完全不一樣。喔!聽說這裡還有個竹林步道可以騎,不過留著下次再來體驗吧。