Tainan Birthday Salts

Where’s my birthday?
Hey Cedric, what makes food tasty, cleans stains, puts out fires, makes an ice bucket super cold and wards off evil?
I know. A cook, launderer, fireman and exorcist.
No, that!
Salt! Of Course!
Welcome to the Qigu Salt Fields of Tainan.
The salt fields of Tainan are over a hundred years old. The salt here is made here evaporating sea water - it’s quite a tedious process.
Yeah, it is. First you have to channel in the water using the pedal powered water pumps, then you have…what are you doing? Then you have to wait and rake, wait and rake, wait and rake, wait and rake, a full month. Why not just boil sea water like they do in colder places?
When you boil sea water, you end up with a bitter taste, and that’s the problem they had in Japan, so during the Japanese occupation, what they would do is ship salt from Tainan back to Japan, to the royal family.
So I guess there must be salt farms up and down the coast.
There used to be, but they’re no longer in production anymore. There are just a few left, like the one here and they’re here for tourism and educational purposes.
Well, it is quite interesting.
What is this? It’s so gay and merry and happy.
These are birthday salts. There’s a colored salt for each day of the year. Where’s your birthday?
Let’s see.
This is sour plum salt on our vanilla ice-creams. Reminds me of salt water taffy.
So this was the office building of the old salt company back in the old days during the Japanese occupation, right?
Yeah, and I'm really really glad that they saved this building.
Yeah, it is a beautiful building.
I really like how they’re using these colored salts to preserve the culture that was here - the salt field culture, and to remind people of what it used to be.
So you should come.
 
昔日台南鹽 日本皇室專用

我的生日是哪一個?
雅立,什麼東西能讓食物美味,還能去漬,滅火,讓冰桶超級冷,然後還能避邪?
我知道。廚師,洗衣店業者,消防員,驅魔者。
不是!那個啦!
鹽巴!對啦!
歡迎來到台南的七股鹽田!
台南鹽田有超過100年的歷史。這邊製鹽的過程蠻費工的,要讓海水的水份蒸發掉。
對啊,首先要踩水車把海水引進來,然後,喂妳在幹嘛?然後等海水蒸發,耙一耙,等海水蒸發,耙一耙,等海水蒸發,耙一耙,等海水蒸發,耙一耙,需要一整個月。為什麼不跟那些氣候比較冷的國家一樣,直接燒海水呢?
用煮的話,鹽巴會有苦味,當時日本就有這種困擾,所以日治時代,台南的鹽都會被送去日本給皇室用。
所以台南沿海以前都是鹽田囉?
以前是,但現在沒有在生產了,現在只剩下幾個,都是屬於教育和觀光性質。
蠻有趣的喔。
哇,這是什麼?好歡樂開心討喜喔!
這是生日鹽,每一天都有獨特的顏色來相應,你的生日鹽在哪裡?
我看看。
冰淇淋上面的是酸梅鹽耶。讓我想起鹽水太妃糖。
所以這建築是日治時代,日本鹽商的老辦公室喔?
對啊,我超開心它有被保存下來。
對啊,真的很美。
我很喜歡他們這樣用彩色鹽來保存那個年代的文化,這可以讓大家想起當時鹽田的文化。
所以大家要來喔∼