Residents of Greater Kaohsiung’s Siaolin Village (小林) are trying to rebuild lives devastated by Typhoon Morakot in 2009 by selling traditional Lunar New Year treats.
Last year and earlier this year, residents of the relocated village sold sticky rice cakes, a dish that takes two to three days to make and is traditionally served at Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner to pray for good luck for the coming year.
An association helping the villagers rebuild their lives after their homes were buried under landslides triggered by the typhoon yesterday said they were also being encouraged to mass produce a traditional chicken soup dish after the Lunar New Year.
Chicken soup with thistle root, a local herbal medicine that is purportedly good for the liver and is an anti-inflammatory ingredient, symbolizes a mother’s care for loved ones studying or working away from home, the association said.
It is also often prepared for pregnant women and teenagers going through puberty, the association said.
To prepare for mass production of the soup, the association said the Fu Pei Mei Foundation of Gastronomic Culture and Education has been helping by teaching participants how to choose the ingredients, as well as providing advice on distribution and packaging.
However, the association said the soup would not hit the market until March or April because production is already full up through the Lunar New Year holiday period.