台灣的好客程度遠近馳名,但你在送外國客戶或朋友伴手禮時,只說得出traditional snack嗎?麥芽餅、牛軋糖、鐵蛋等你知道要怎麼跟外國朋友介紹嗎?小V整理了台灣10個名產的英文,每個都好想手刀買來吃!

1.鳳梨酥  pineapple cake / shortcake / pastry

「鳳梨」的台語有「好運到」的意思,所以我們常在過年過節時互相贈送鳳梨酥。現在市售的鳳梨酥有兩種內餡:冬瓜和鳳梨,冬瓜內餡的鳳梨酥比較甜,口感較綿密;鳳梨內餡的鳳梨酥比較有鳳梨的酸味,口感也比較紮實。

In Taiwanese, the word for “pineapple” sounds similar to the phrase, “here comes prosperity” , so pineapples have come to symbolize good luck and fortune. We buy pineapple cakes for each other during Chinese New Year.

They usually come with two kinds of fillings: white gourd and pineapple. The ones with white gourd fillings are sweeter, softer, and more creamy to the taste, whereas the other kind comes in a more solid texture and contains the natural sour taste of pineapples.

shortcake 酥餅
pastry 酥皮餡餅
pineapple 鳳梨
yolk 蛋黃
white gourd 冬瓜
gourd 葫蘆 點這邊聽發音

2.麥芽餅 maltose cracker sandwich

這是台灣古早味零食,用兩片餅乾將麥芽糖夾在中間,好吃不黏牙,讓你一口接著一口!

The maltose cracker sandwich is a snack that has been around for decades. It’s made of two pieces of crackers and a maltose filling. It’s good and it won’t get stuck on your teeth. I promise that once you get a bite of it, you won’t be able to stop!

maltose 麥芽糖 點這邊聽發音

3.綠豆椪 mung bean pastry

台灣傳統月餅的一種,內餡是綠豆泥,有時會加入豬肉,但近年來因為健康考量,漸漸地全部都用綠豆泥了。

The mung bean pastry is one kind of traditional Taiwanese mooncake. The filling consists mostly of mashed mung bean, and sometimes pork. To promote a healthier diet, the mung bean pastry makers have almost replaced all of the pork fillings with mung bean.

mung bean 綠豆 點這邊聽發音
green bean 四季豆
red bean / azuki bean 紅豆
kidney bean 大紅豆/花豆

4.芋頭酥 taro pastry

外型是圓形酥皮,內夾芋頭泥內餡。芋頭是台灣人早期主食之一,綿密又鬆軟,很多老一輩的人非常喜歡吃芋頭喔!

The round-shaped taro pastry has a crispy crust that wraps up the taro mush filling. Soft and smooth in texture, taro was a staple of the Taiwanese diet in early times, and remains as a popular and well-loved food among older people.

taro 芋頭
taro ball 芋圓

5.牛軋糖 nougat

牛軋糖其實是義大利人發明,後來傳入台灣後,台灣人加入奶粉當做主原料,形成獨樹一幟的台式牛軋糖。

To most people’s surprise, the nougat actually originated in Italy. After setting its roots in Taiwan, the nougat has evolved into a different form, including milk powder as its main ingredient; the variation has later become the signature Taiwanese-style nougat.

nougat 牛軋糖 點這邊聽發音