2017 Southern Taiwan Hakka Cuisine Cooking Contest Makes an Exciting Splash in Tainan


李主委參加2017南區客家美食料理比賽To promote Hakka food culture and local agricultural specialties, Minister Lee Yung-te visited Tainan's Anping Recreational Pier on October 21 to attend 2017's Southern Taiwan Hakka Cuisine Cooking Contest: A Hakka Taste of the Old Capital. Besides demonstrating how to make Hakka-style stir-fry and interacting with the public, he also commended Tainan for setting an example of cultural fusion between diverse ethnic groups. He also expressed the hope that sharing and exchanges between different ethnic groups will bring them together in promoting Hakka culture in international society.

Minister Lee said that even though Hakka people do not constitute a high percentage of Tainan's population, the efforts of Hakka residents have made Tainan an example of cultural fusion between diverse ethnic groups. He also relayed his hope that sharing and exchanges between different ethnic groups will promote Hakka culture in international society, and allow the world to see the Hakka people and culture.

The 2017 Southern Taiwan Hakka Cuisine Cooking Contest, co-organized by the Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) and Tainan City Government, featured Hakka-style pickled Tainan specialties, including pineapples, plum cordia, bamboo shoots, and mango. Paired with milkfish, the most common fish in Southern Taiwan, or chicken, and cooked using  the Hakka "four simmering and four stir-frying" methods, they conjure the unique pickling creativity of Tainan Hakka cuisine. Along with many more creative dishes offered to the nation, they allow Hakka food culture to keep pace with the times.