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國民美食「愛玉」的源起

The Juicy Story behind Taiwan’s Favorite Jelly
SEP. 25, 2020
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Try one of Taiwan’s most lovely treats.
來品嚐臺灣最美味的甜點之一吧。

 Taiwan is filled with tea shops that offer bubble tea and other tasty drinks. In the hot days of summer, nothing cools you down like a dessert drink that is made with Aiyu jelly. It’s slimier than other jellies and has a very pleasant and tender taste. 

  臺灣充斥著各種販售珍奶及其他可口飲品的飲料店。炎炎夏日,沒有什麼能像以愛玉凍製成的甜飲一般能讓你透心涼。愛玉凍比其他果凍類還要黏滑,而且有著一種滑嫩宜人的口感。

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 Aiyu jelly is made with the seeds from a type of fig plant that grows high up in the Alishan mountain range. To prepare Aiyu jelly, the seeds are removed from the fig and placed inside of a cotton bag. The bag is then soaked in cold water and rubbed until a yellow gel comes out of the seeds. When this process is complete, the yellow gel is collected and placed inside a refrigerator to cool down. After a few hours, the gel gets firm and the Aiyu jelly is ready to eat. 

  愛玉凍是由某種無花果樹的種子所製成,這種植物生長在阿里山山脈高處。要製作愛玉凍得先拿出無花果的種子,並把它們放在棉布袋裡。接著將棉布袋浸泡在冷水裡,搓揉它直至黃色膠質從種子冒出。這道工序完成後,就把黃色膠質蒐集起來放置在冰箱裡冷卻。數小時後,膠質會凝固,而愛玉凍即可食用。

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(中間綠色的果實,正是愛玉去皮前的樣子)

 On its own, Aiyu jelly doesn’t taste like much. So, other ingredients are added for flavor. Usually, it is mixed with honey and lemon juice to give it a sweet and sour taste. Aiyu jelly can also be put on top of shaved ice to add a chewy texture.

  愛玉凍本身並沒有什麼味道。也因此要添加其他材料來增添風味。愛玉凍通常會跟蜂蜜及檸檬原汁混合食用,讓它帶有酸酸甜甜的風味。愛玉凍也能拿來放在剉冰上頭來增添咀嚼口感。


(愛玉去皮後的樣子)

 

 


Extra Words & Phrases

  • juicy [ ˈdʒusɪ ] a.(資訊)生動有趣的;多汁的
  • slimy [ ˈslaɪmɪ ] a. 黏滑的
  • fig [ fɪg ] n. 無花果
  • mountain range [ ˌmaʊntn̩ ˈrwndʒ ] n. 山脈
  • gel [ dʒɛl ] n. 膠狀物
  • chewy [ ˈtʃuɪ ] a. 耐嚼的,有嚼勁的
  • texture [ ˈtɛkstʃɚ ] n. 口感;觸感

 

Words & Phrases

  1. cool (...) down / cool down (...)  (使……)冷卻;(使……)冷靜
    • After Jason had a fight with his brother, he tried to cool down by going out for a ride.
      傑森與弟弟起爭執後便出門開車兜風讓自己冷靜下來。
  2. pleasant [ ˈplɛzənt ] a. 令人愉快的
    • Elsa spent a pleasant dinner with her girlfriends.
      艾莎與她的閨密們度過了一段愉悅的晚餐時光。
  3. tender [ ˈtɛndɚ ] a. 軟嫩的;溫和的,溫柔的
    • The nurse was so beautiful and tender that Oliver forgot about the pain.
      那位護士是如此美麗溫柔,以致於奧利佛都忘了疼痛。
  4. soak [ sok ] vt. & vi. 浸泡
    • Soaking in the hot spring after hiking all day made us feel really comfortable.
      健行一整天後泡在溫泉裡讓我們感到非常舒適。
  5. process [ ˈprɑsɛs ] n. 步驟,程序;過程
    • Only by learning during the process will we succeed in the end.
      只有在過程中學習,我們最終才會成功。
  6. firm [ fɝm ] a. 堅實的,堅硬的;堅定的
    • Julian has a firm belief in Emma’s honesty.
      朱利安堅信艾瑪為人誠實。
  7. be mixed with...  與……混合
    • The smoothie is mixed with juice so that it tastes better.
      這個冰沙混合了果汁來讓滋味變得更美妙。
    • smoothie [ ˈsmuðɪ ] n. 冰沙
  8. sour [ saʊr ] a. 酸的
    • Nothing is better than a cool glass of sweet and sour lemonade on a hot summer’s day.
      沒有什麼比夏日來一杯冰涼酸甜的檸檬汁更棒的了。
    • lemonade [ ˌlɛmənˈed ] n. 檸檬汁

 

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