By: Maggie Huang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The 2016 Hsinchu rice noodle and meatball festival is kicking off Saturday, which celebrates the famed food from Hsinchu City. Visitors are invited to experience the process of making rice noodles and meatballs.
“Most residents in Hsinchu always find rice noodle on dining table every day, ”said Mayor Lin Chih-chien. In addition to the local residents’ daily dish, Hsinchu rice noodles are also tourist’s favorite food and a must-try when visiting the city.
Rice noodle manufacturers in the Hsinchu area took advantages of the strong winds of this fall’s first frontal system to dry the noodles in the wind on bamboo slats.
The northeast monsoon in Taiwan is strongest from October to December. It particularly affects Hsinchu City, which is situated on the leeward side of the Xueshan Mountain Range, with more wind than rain, and therefore making the place the best natural drying ground for rice noodles. [FULL STORY]