Mr. Lai Youjing used to make Chinese wedding cakes in traditional snack shops in his early years. These round cakes, lotus seed paste stuffing or bean paste stuffing, were indispensable parts of early wedding. When he was young, he went to many places rely on his craft. But as he grew older, he finally got his feet in Tanshui and made white sugar scallion and dragon beard candy for sale.
Dragon beard candy is made directly in the shop, while white sugar scallions is made in advance in the studio. Pour the boiling syrup on a rotating iron plate in the water, wait for it to drop to a suitable temperature, then carry it up and hang it on the stake, and start to pull repeatedly. The syrup turns white gradually. Finally, Mr.Lai pulls the white syrup into strips, cuts them one by one, and the sugar scallion is ready. The color of the finished product is milky white, and the profile is like scallion because of pores, so it is named sugar scallion. The raw material of white sugar scallion is just water and sugar, but after being made, the sugar in a different form has a unique aroma and taste. In addition to eating them directly, they can also be used to make coffee or tea, which has a unique flavor.
During the shooting, Mr. Lai lamented that there were fewer and fewer people doing this kind of time-consuming and laborious traditional craft. Recalling the past, I found that Mr. Lai and my father were old acquaintances. This unexpected fate surprised Latte and made us sigh about the ruthlessness of time. But now that Latte can record the past tradition with my camera, it’s a kind of luck, isn’t it?
Store name: Lai Youjing White Candy Onion Studio Address: No. 29, Gongming Street, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taipei, Taiwan
以上由 LATTE 口述，助理橙子整理。
The above was dictated by Latte and sorted out by assistant Jin