Yunlin Aquaculture Travels

Hi I・m Michella and this is my friend Baptiste.

Hi everybody.
Today we・re in Kouhu of Yunlin County in search of their famous aquaculture, starting with clams. Shall we?

Let・s go.

A small seaside town in Yunlin County, Kouhu is known mainly for their clams, mullet roe, and oysters.

And...here we go! Two and a half...

Two and a half is better than nothing and a half. My quiet friend Baptiste agrees. Did you know that clam farming was introduced by the Japanese during the occupation? Now most of the clam supply in Taiwan comes from this area.

Wa! See? Practice makes perfect! Actually, I cheated. Baptiste helped. Shhh...

These reddish orange sunbathing beauties are mullet roe. Loaded with cholesterol but a coveted delicacy nonetheless. The reason why there・s so much mullet roe in Kouhu is because when mullet migrates through the Taiwan Strait in the winter, they are egg bearing and perfect for harvest by the time the reach this area.

This is one way to eat mullet roe: lightly toasted over the flame of sorghum wine.

I think it・s really yummy and it takes away the bitterness.

And the third pearl of Kouhu aquaculture is the oyster. These are oyster farms whose products are not only harvested and sold as food locally, but its baby oysters are sold to be grown elsewhere in Taiwan as well. One reason why oysters and clams thrive in Kouhu is that there are no factories nearby to pollute the water.

As the sun sets beautifully over the water, Baptiste and I talk about the day. It looks like the clams really opened him up.

I remember that I played with clams when I was younger, but not really digging for them, so that was my first time. Pretty interesting.
Clams, mullet roe, oysters. What a feast not to miss!
 
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