Steamed Taro Cakes 芋頭丸
These purple taro cakes look a little strange and unique. Actually, they are quite delicious. They are 100% vegetarian and a salty snack. They are steamed and taste great out of the streamer.
The taro steamed cake is a hearty snack made up of mostly fresh taro and a few spices. These snacks are not found everywhere in Taiwan.
Cow Tongue Cookie 牛舌餅
There are no cows or tongues in this yummy sweet treat. It’s named for its tongue like shape. Some places around Taiwan sell crispy cow tongue cookies, but in Lugang, the cookies are thick, soft and have a filling inside.
Some of the fillings are taro, brown sugar, sweet potato, or plain sugar. They taste great fresh from the stove.
Deep Fried Seafood 酥炸海鮮
These stands are everywhere in Lugang and the food is fun to try. The shrimp, crab, and oyster cakes, are deep fried and then thrown into an oiled wok to heat up when bought.
You don’t need to peel anything here. Just take a crunchy shrimp and pop it in your mouth and chew away.
The oysters cakes are made with flour and shaped into a fist sized paddy and mixed with scallions. After they are deep fried, they are a filling treat.
“Noodle” Tea 麵茶
Noodle tea sounds strange. There aren’t any noodles and it really doesn’t look like tea. But, this hearty “drink” is quite famous around Lugang.
From a powdered mixture made from tea, flour, and sometimes almond four, noodle tea is mixed with hot water and turns into a drink looking more like oatmeal than tea.
Noodle tea tastes quite good, but it’s very filling. Try a sample before you decided to take home a bag.
Snails in Rice Wine 燒酒螺
Snail fans rejoice. This is a Taiwan take on snail eating. The snacks are cooked in Taiwan’s own traditional “Shao Jiu” which is a type of rice wine.
After the snails are cooked, they are left in big bowls to soak in the juices. You can get them with varying degrees of spiciness. Get a bag and suck out the meat!!
Steamed Meat Buns (“Rou Bao”) 肉包
Steaming fresh meat buns, and veggie ones, are peppered around the Lugang old street. Look for the long line and you will know which ones are the most popular.
The steamed buns are, well, steamed and served fresh. The steamed buns are a big filling treat. Packed with fresh pork and vegetables.