February 16, 2010

Luo Shan Organic Village, Parched Rice Cake in “Ji Ming Garden”


We not only learned how to make mud volcano tofu, but also experienced how to make parched rice cake in Mr. Wen’s “Ji Ming Garden” in Luo Shan Village, Hualien County. Parched rice and popped rice are different. Popped rice is burst by air pressure. Parched rice is made by stir-fry in a pot. It is quite easy to learn the process.


Parched rice cake is originated from Guangdong Lunong County, China, since the Guangxu Dynasty. The farmers make parched rice cake as the dessert or tea snack for the family members and visitors during Lunar New Year. Parched rice cake was an affordable snack for the farmers in the early years due to poverty and large family.


The first step is to stir-fry salt or sand in a pot and continue heating the pot. Then the rice is added. The fragrance of the rice starts to come out during stir-fry. It smells so good!


Pick up the ones already done, and continue to stir-fry more rice.


We not only watched Mr. Wen’s demonstration, but also made it ourselves. Unexpectedly, making parched rice cake was quite easy and only took us a few seconds.



Filtered the rice and removed the salt and very tiny rice. This tiny rice is actually the Xuan Rice, which is added in the Xuan Rice tea.

PS: For the ice cream lovers, you can spread a little bit Xuan Rice on top. It is super good!


After the stir-fried rice is flitted and put them in a large pot, we start to prepare the second step.


Add the syrup made with maltose and orange peel in the rice, and stir evenly.


Put the stir parched rice into the wood mold and spread evenly.


Pressed and sliced them into pieces.


All processes were complete! We can enjoy ourselves now!


The golden parched rice cake with the syrup tastes very crispy and delicious. Although it is very easy in making parched rice cake, the ingredients of making the syrup is Mr. Wen’s secrete. You will have the come to Luo Shan village to ask and taste it yourself.

[雞鳴園體驗農家](Ji Ming Garden Experience Farm)

地址/Address:花蓮縣富里鄉羅山村12鄰74號 (Hualien County, FuLi Township, Lou Shan Village 12 Lin, #74)

電話/TEL:03-8821348、0912-224166 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




This reminded me about my trip in the Tibetan area in Sichuan, Bamei, China. I saw the traditional method in making popcorns from local people. It was quite interesting. Then I found out that it was the same method as in the early years of Taiwan too. Let me share this with you.


With a pressure cooker, firewood, and sacks, the street vendor could start its business on the street. After the dry popcorns were added in the cooker, the cooker lid needed to be locked. Rotating the cooker, the popcorn could be heated evenly.


After the pressure reached to certain level, the lid of the cooker was opened. With “Bang!”, a loud noise with the burst of the white smoke, white popcorns were made. Although I have myself prepared for the loud noise, and stood across the street from the popcorns, I was still shocked by it. People on the street were laughing.


The fragrant smell of the popcorns was just too tempting. Children started to pick up the popcorn on the ground and eat them. Read More


Anonymous said...

It's fun making the rice cakes!
We have them in Malaysia too.
Hmm... I think our rice cakes are kinda whiter.
Maybe they skip the "parching" process! Ha ha... typical lazy Malaysian, I know!
I don't remember it now. The last time I had was too long ago!

Re: Pancake Day / 煎饼节 / Hari Penkek / パンケーキデー

Ha ha... Did you make your own pancakes?
As simple as ABC, right?!

Anonymous said...

Super cool! We have some rice cakes at home, my partner likes it as a snack. I like the rice balls with sesame best...

This pot is huuuge!

lechua said...

hiya, it's great to see the step-by-step process especially. great photos and commentary to go with it! really enjoyed the post!

dennis said...

waa looks very interesting and a lot of fun ^_^

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

If I'm not mistaken, they look similar to ampaw (rice crispies) that I ate a lot as kid growing up in the Philippines.

kristen and micki said...

To Londoncaller- There are so much in common between Malaysia and Taiwan in terms of the food and some local customs! Yes, you provided a very simple and good recipe, and it turned out perfect!

To Zhu- Love rice balls too! Don’t forget to have the rice balls on 2/28 (the 15th of the Chinese New Year). It is the Lantern Festival (元宵節). Rice balls are the traditional food for 元宵節!

To Lechua- Thanks! Good to know you enjoyed this reading!

To Dennis-Indeed that was a fun and interesting visit!

To Nomadic Pinoy- They are also very similar to the Rice Krispies in US :)

shloke said...

This is very interesting! This post looks like a mini Taiwan documentary ala Micki & kristen. Beautiful (LOVE all the pictures!).

First time seeing people making rice cake. Rice cake with maltose and orange peel syrup - must be heavenly tasty!!!

Also first time seeing metal bellied popcorn maker :)

Anonymous said...

Never been to America. Why don't you post some photos from California?

Re: Magic smoke by the sea / 海边的魔术烟雾 / Asap ajaib di tepi pantai / 海辺の魔法の煙

Ha ha.. There were actually four goats.
Never mind, you might see their relatives in your dream tonight! ;-)

Rafael Lam said...

Happy Chinese New Year! All the best for you!
原來抄米餅要這樣大工程... 看來真的很好味! ^.^

kristen and micki said...

To Mylo- We thank you for your compliment! Indeed the metal popcorn maker is very unique.

To Londoncaller- I did, I did, I did post the 2010 Rose Parade from California.. :);)

To Rafael- Happy New Year to you too! 新年快樂~~

fufu said...

rice tea is good too.. wonder they have it there in taiwan or not??

kristen and micki said...

@Fufu-Rice Tea (米茶) 有的.泡起來稠稠的,以前人常喝,尤其泡給孩子喝.現在就很少見了,我只有印象很小的時候有吃過.

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