Taiwan is such a small country yet it has so many things to offer. It always excites me talking about Taiwan because I had such a good experience in this beautiful country. The people are genuinely nice and friendly, the nature, incredibly bewitching – home to some highest peak in the region. Oh, and I literally love each of the night markets in every city that I stopped by, watching how the locals interact, socialize, perhaps dating, and of course the food! Over the weekend, I had the chance to visit Taiwan back, specifically to Pingtung County. It’s only for a night but the experience was without a doubt, another double strike.
So, where is Pingtung exactly? It is the country’s most southern part, comprising of some rural townships and mountain indigenous townships, in fact, the most among other counties in Taiwan. Kenting National Park is one of the infamous attraction in Pingtung. The county is well-known for it’s local product such as agriculture and seafood product. During my first visit in Taiwan, I didn’t actually get to know more about Pingtung because I was traveling straight from Hualien to Kaohsiung at that time. Well, technically I passed through the county with train but I didn’t actually stepped my foot there.
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I was actually here for a special project named “One Town One Product” (OTOP) which is a movement initiated since 1989 in Taiwan in order to promote the local resources and specialty. Both small business and government work hand in hand to produce best quality product, in line with the traditional or cultural value from each county. This is brilliant in my opinion, and some of the countries have adapted this project including Indonesia. I really appreciate Taiwanese government that has taken this project seriously and willing to promote it externally. OTOP will trigger the nation’s economy and improve people’s life for sure in the long run.
What interesting thing about OTOP is combining the production or the business side with the tourism aspect. One of many examples in Taiwan is Seadawn Seafood Park which is located in Linbian Township, Pingtung. Founded by a well-established company named Zhengyi food, the company has expanded and made its way to the world, exporting seafood products to Australia, South Korea, United States, and many more. With more than 40 years of experience, the company is now opened for tourists who would like to learn more about the product-making process.
The factory stood in a peaceful outskirt area, painted in a light color with a splash of bold blue color. I entered the building, the wall, ceiling, were all painted in blue. The tour guide assisted us to a room with a video showing about the history about Seadawn Seafood Park. Everything was in Chinese, fortunately one of the guy translated it for me. They should put at least subtitles on it. After a quick introduction about the company, we moved to the hallway and pictures of various fishes were displayed on the left wall. Those are the fishes processed by Seadawn Seafood Park.
The next session was the DIY Shredded Squid, one of their popular products. It looked pretty simple, how to make it, but like a kid just got a new toy, I actually quite had a lot of fun. First, I got a paste which had been processed from the squid and spread it thinly on a paper as flat as possible. Next, it went to a baking machine but it had to go through twice until it was fully baked. Some parts looked a bit burned since I applied the paste to thin. I supposed to cut it with a cutter machine but I couldn’t hold myself to take a bite. The fresh baked squid chips, or whatever you called it tasted so good! It was sweet and crisp, not even fishy or too salty. First attempt was a success.
I tried several more times making different shapes from it. One of the girl from Thailand did a really good job, she made a butterfly-shaped out of it. Done with the tour, we checked out the souvenir shop where all the products with different flavors were displayed, from seaweed, garlic, and spicy flavor. The price for the DIY Tour is NTD 200, and it’s scheduled everyday on 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Taiwan Seadawn Seafood Park
No. 122 Chenggong Rd.
Linbian, Pingtung 927
Traveled in 28 July 2018
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