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.
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
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
So I guess there must be salt farms up and down the
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?
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,
Yeah, and I'm really really glad that they saved this
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.