Yilan Green Onions

One, two, three…
Cedric, you love to cook, right?
You know me well.
So when somebody mentions Taiwanese food to you, what ingredients do you think of?
Dry radish, salty duck eggs, tofu in all its forms and last but not least, spring onions.
And that’s why we’re in Sanxing, Yilan today, home of some of the tastiest scallions in Taiwan.
Tastiest, you say? I want to see that for myself.
Good job. Then what you do is you take one of the stalks, pull it apart, clean off the old roots like so, and you stick it back into the ground.
You mean it will keep growing?
Yeah, after three months, this one stalk will turn into this entire bunch.
So simple!
So why is Yilan so famous for green onions?
Sanxing spring onions are especially crispy and especially juicy.
And why is that?
It’s because of the climate here.
And I’ve noticed that they grow on mounds of dirt, so what's the story there?
You see how there is a white part to the scallion beneath the green? This white part is in the dirt, and it's because of the lack of sun that they’re so white.
Ah, I understand. The white part is my favorite, it’s so much more intense and full of flavor.
Intense is the word. Do you think we have enough scallions for our scallion pancakes?
I think we do.
We have the scallions, a little bit of salt, white pepper and that’s it.
Picking scallions was fun, wasn’t it?
It was a blast. But what I loved the most is to be here in Yilan, in Sanxing where the nature is so beautiful. We have one mountain on one side, another mountain on the other side, a river running through it. This is like heaven.
Definitely. If you want the best scallions in Taiwan…
That’s in Sanxing where you find them. And so you should come.
 
宜蘭好好玩 三星鄉採蔥之旅

1, 2, 3…
你喜歡燒菜,對不對?
妳很了解我。
當有人提到台灣料理,你會想到什麼食材?
蘿蔔乾,鹹鴨蛋,各種的豆腐,還有蔥。
所以今天我們來到宜蘭三星鄉,最好吃的台灣蔥的故鄉。
最好吃嗎?我要自己探個究竟。
然後折一支下來,把老根拔一拔,再把蔥塞回土裡。
意思是,它會繼續長?
沒錯,三個月之後,這一支就會變像這樣,一把。
這麼簡單!
為什麼宜蘭的蔥這麼有名?
三星蔥特別脆,汁特別多。
為什麼?
原因在這裡的氣候。
我發現他它們被種在好高的堆土裡面,為什麼啊?
有沒有看到白色這一段,在綠色的部分底下?蔥白的部份在土裡面。因為沒有曬到太陽,所以白白的。
喔,原來是這樣。我最喜歡蔥白,它的風味特別強烈,濃郁。
嗯,很強烈。你覺得這些蔥足夠我們做蔥油餅嗎?
應該夠∼
這裡有青蔥,一點鹽,一點白胡椒,就這樣。
採蔥很好玩吼?
對啊,超好玩的,而且在宜蘭三星,這裡的大自然風景好漂亮,一邊是山,另一邊也是山,中間還有一條河,人間仙境啊!
真的。你要台灣最好吃的蔥的話...
要到三星鄉,所以大家要來喔∼