A Bloomberg correspondent in Taiwan recently discovered a hidden gem of Nantou’s culinary traditions — the Zhushan “baozis” (or steamed buns in English) and shared his love for them on Twitter to the delight and surprise of his many followers.
According to his post on Monday, Chris Horton (何貴森) tried some baozis made of orange and purple sweet potato while traveling in central Taiwan and enjoyed it immensely.
Had some delicious baozi filled with peppery mushrooms and bamboo shoots in Zhushan Township, Nantou County, central Taiwan. The exterior is made from orange or purple sweet potato that has been mixed with cassava flour, with an almost mochi-like Q squidginess. 讚 pic.twitter.com/LEMkOr02yW
— Chris Horton 何貴森 (@heguisen) November 2, 2020
The vibrant colors of the baozi also caught the attention of other foreigners in Taiwan as Canadian photographer Josh Ellis added his own picture of a traditional pink Hakka vegetable bun, which is colored so as to look more yummy.
Horton added that the baozis were filled with “peppery mushrooms and bamboo shoots” and the exterior also had a “mochi-like Q squidginess” to it as it had been mixed with cassava flour.
Adding an enthusiastic “great” (讚) alongside his pictures, Horton’s tweet attracted others to flock to the comment section to suggest other local delicacies that he could try and places to visit while in the neighborhood.
Among other highlights, a bird-lover proposed a trip to Ke-Ming Temple (克明宮), where an owl resting in its rafters is the temple’s greatest attraction.
Another social media user recommended “ba-wan” (肉圓) as a must-try for the foreign correspondent.
The tasty looking buns also invoked many overseas Taiwanese to comment on their nostalgia and homesickness for Taiwanese cuisines.