This is a mutton hot pot stall located in Tucheng. The owner, sister Yirong, is from Sichuan. Naturally, the mutton hot pot is wonderful spicy flavor. The fresh mutton has not yet been disassembled when it’s delivered, but sister Yirong is used to dealing with this huge half side of mutton. First, she cuts half of the mutton into several large pieces, such as lamb chops and legs. Then she burns, scrapes and cuts those into small pieces. The half of mutton turns into uniform size pieces in a short time. Then she cleans and fry it. From the beginning to the end, sister Yirong does it all by herself.
In the early days, Yirong and her husband drove a van to sell mutton in the streets, but later her husband died of illness, so Yirong took on the burden of supporting her family. For the sake of her daughter, she rented a store near the street and started to run a mutton stand. In winter, they sell spicy mutton hotpot, and in summer, they sell snacks such as drinks and betel nuts. Looking at her cooking and introducing the ingredients with a smile, Latte just can’t imagine that the burden of her life is so heavy.
On Yirong’s stall, a mutton hot pot is NT $600. There are 600g of mutton, and another package of spicy hot pot. The mutton hot pot is red and appetizing. Even latte, who doesn’t eat spicy food, can’t help drooling when shooting the film.
When it comes to Taiwan’s food, you can hardly see spicy food in most people’s impression. But when latte introduces Taiwan’s food, I not only wants to photograph the traditions or characteristics of Taiwan, but also wants to present the whole picture of food in this land and the story behind the people who live in this land. Life is always hard, but food can always enterprise us.
Store Name: Taitung Lamb
Address: No. 452, Liancheng Road, Zhonghe District, New Taipei City
以上由 LATTE 口述，助理橙子整理。
The above was dictated by Latte and sorted out by assistant Jin