1.鳳梨酥 pineapple cake / shortcake / pastry
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.
white gourd 冬瓜
gourd 葫蘆 點這邊聽發音
2.麥芽餅 maltose cracker sandwich
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
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
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 ball 芋圓
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