Gambling for Mooncakes in Kinmen

Having been under Martial law for 43 years, until 1991, much of Kinmen’s original culture has remained untouched. Classical Minnan houses and temples, southeast Asian colonial style buildings, military excavated tunnels, traditional games like the “Gambling for Mooncakes” contest on Mid Autumn Festival can still be seen.
One of the things Kinmen is most famous for is sorghum liquor, and a great deal of them are aged in ceramic bottles.
In the old days, the bottles were handmade.
But now they’re produced in plaster casts.
After the excess liquid clay is slowly drained, the pots are touched up and dried several times, then glazed and fired.
But what surprises us is that when sorghum liquor was first produced in Kinmen, glass bottles were used.
Glass bottles were previously used, but the 1958 Taiwan Strait Crisis broke out and supplies from Taiwan could not come in, so a backup plan had to be put in place and Kinmen produces clay, kaolin clay. Ceramic keeps out UV rays and make it easier for the liquor to age, so sorghum liquor from ceramic bottles taste better.
You can drink sorghum liquor straight, or like the locals, with earthy looking medicinal herbs.
You keep saying you’re going to come back. What are you going to come back for?
I’m going to photograph every old house on this island. It’s amazing. The atmosphere is incredible. It’s really an experience. It’s completely different from the main island. We have to do another show here.
Ah, that’s a good idea.
 
金門文化 古厝、坑道、博餅

同時融入傳統閩南民宅,東南亞洋樓,戰備坑道,還有中秋節幾乎所有島上民眾都會參與的丟骰子贏獎品的博餅習俗,金門的文化十分特別,而因為這裡的戒嚴時期長達將近43年,直到1991年才解除,都市化的速度慢,還看得到不少傳統和軍事文化。
金門的高粱酒相當有名,有一部分的高粱酒是存放在瓷瓶裡面的。
最古早的酒瓶都是像這樣,用手拉坏拉出來的,
但現在的瓷瓶都是使用模子和灌漿的方式做出來的。
出模後,酒瓶要反覆被陰乾,烘乾,還有修飾,然後再上釉,燒製。
讓我們比較驚訝的是,金門高粱其實一開始其實是裝在玻璃瓶裡面。
酒廠之前都是用玻璃瓶,又遇到823砲戰,可是戰爭一發生,台灣的物資沒有辦法過來。生產的酒沒有瓶子可以裝,所以必須另外配一個容器當做備份,剛好有這個因緣際會,金門產瓷土,金門產一些高嶺土。用瓷瓶來做酒瓶,一方面可以防止紫外光線的滲透,所以酒特別容易陳化,所以特別好喝。
高粱酒可以直接喝,或像這群在地人,加點藥草。
你一直說你一定要回來。你回來想要做什麼?
我要把每一棟老房子都拍照下來。真是令人驚艷。氣氛也很讚。非常特別的體驗。跟台灣本島完全不同。我們應該再來拍一集。
好主意!。