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Store chain ponders Hakka meal boxes

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Hakka Affairs Council Minister Huang Yu-chen speaks during a question-and-answer session at the legislature in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Hakka cuisine could soon be available as ready meals in the nation’s convenience stores after a store chain showed an interest in working with a team that won first place in last year’s Hakka boxed meal contest, the Hakka Affairs Council announced yesterday.

“One of the four major convenience store chains in the nation is already talking with the team that won first place in last year’s Hakka boxed meal contest to sell meals in their stores,” Hakka Affairs Council Minister Huang Yu-chen (黃玉振) told a legislative meeting during a question-and-answer session.

“If everything goes smoothly, we hope the Hakka boxed meals could be on shelves from next month or in May to coincide with the Hakka Tung Blossom Festival,” he added.

The minister said being sold in convenience stores could help promote Hakka cuisine and would increase public awareness of Hakka culture.

Speaking to reporters outside the meeting, the council’s Department of Industrial Economy Director Liao Yu-pei (廖育珮) said the convenience store chain would focus on the work of the first-place winner, which features stewed pork knuckles.

“They are working on how to make the meals microwavable while retaining their original taste and are undecided on side dishes,” Liao said.

She declined to reveal the name of the store chain, saying the council was merely serving as a platform for the two sides to meet.

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