At President Ing-Wen Tsai’s presidential inaugural ball, Gukeng coffee was chosen to be served to the guests around the world. The coffee came from a 70-year-old coffee farmer, Qingsong Liu, who grows coffee organically with mountain spring water. After having repeated cultivation setbacks for many decades, Mr. Liu finally found a way to grow coffee beans that taste neither bitter nor astringent. Mr. Liu brought his own grinding machine to let the guests enjoy the original flavor of Gukeng coffee.
The Coffee industry in the greater Huashan area of Gukeng Township is very famous. Many restaurants and cafés use local agricultural products to cook with Gukeng coffee and make many delicious dishes. During the Coffee Festival, many chefs are going to present their best coffee themed cuisines, and tourists can try them for free. The mayor of Gukeng township, Yi-Ling Huang, welcomes everyone to come to Gukeng and visit the local coffee industries to enjoy a nice cup of Taiwan coffee and also taste delicious coffee themed cuisines.
Many young people are not willing to inherit traditional businesses. However, in Huashan Village, Gukeng, Mr. Wenzi Lin has been using traditional methods to raise chickens for more than a decade. Because of his dedication to tradition, his son moved back h ome from a big city and started to work with him. Mr. Lin’s son has used his knowledge of Information Marketing to make Mr. Lin’s chicken essence very popular. Mr. Lin insists on using traditional methods to make chicken essence, and he believes this is the only way to present the best food to his customers.
Huashan Village, Gukeng, is famous for its coffee industry. In order to sustainably develop the coffee industry, Gukeng Township Office and a Huashan coffee owner, Mr. Chunhuai Wu, are working together and using coffee leaves to make instant coffee bags. They have invited people to try this new tea, and the reaction is generally good. The Township Office stated that they are looking forward to developing a wide range of coffee products in order to create greater local revenue.
Huashan area of Gukeng not only has beautiful views but also has a rich ecological environment, and the local community is actively promoting environmental education. With the hard work of locals and the effort they put forth, Huashan community won the National Environmental Education Award this year. Yunlin Deputy magistrate, Ms. Huangzhen Chang, has a very positive view of this award. She hopes the experience of the Huashan community and its environmental education can be a model for other communities in Yunlin so that the Yunlin ecological environment can be improved for a better future.
雲林新聞網-古坑養菇真空包夯｜Yunlin News Network Gukeng Mushroom is popular
vity recently. Therefore, Gukeng mushroom industries have launched vacuum bags that people can buy to plant their own mushrooms at home. People can learn knowledge of planting mushroom through the pictures on the package. Douliu City Nursery did a field trip to Gukeng. Many little kids learned about the excellent local industries. A mushroom trader, Mr. Shunlai Wang, stated that people can learn organic farming through a small vacuum bag.
雲林新聞網-古坑食蟹獴出沒華山｜Crab-eating Mongooses appear in Huashan, Gukeng
Crab-eating mongooses, commonly known as Brown Mino Cats, are a type of Taiwan specific species of conservation animals. It is an important indicator of environmental conservation. Huashan, Gukeng, has been working successfully on promoting animal conservation, and the whereabouts of crab-eating mongooses in the Huashan area have been found. Since the end of last year, five mongooses have been seen and reported to the township office. Two were alive and released to the wild after checking; three were found dead by the roadside. Gukeng township office stated they are still trying to find out whether the environment or sickness is the cause of death.
雲林／這家手工麵 古坑登山客愛｜Climbers’ favorite handmade noodles in Yunlin
UDN/Reported by Yaling Chen/ Reported in Gukeng, Yunlin
In Gukeng, Yunlin, there is a small noodle shop hiding in Bridgehead Coffee Shop that serves a favorite among local hikers, handmade noodles.
Reporter/photographer: Yaling Chen
In Gukeng, Yunlin, there is a small noodle shop hiding in Bridgehead Coffee Shop that serves a favorite among local hikers, handmade noodles. Shop owner Ailing Shen plants vegetables herself, and she uses local mushrooms to make broth. The noodle shop only serves 100 bowls every day, so if anyone wants to taste one, a reservation is required.
Ailing Shen said there is no secret to her noodles. She picks fresh vegetables every morning and spends at least two hours making broth from local mushrooms. When the ingredients are fresh and natural, the broth is delicious without any additives. Ailing Shen makes handmade noodles just for her family. She once had her family and friends try her noodles, and everyone thought they were very delicious. Therefore, she started selling her noodles in the coffee shop, and she has been selling them there for 20 years now.
The noodles are served al dente, and the broth is refreshing and sweet. A hiker, Mr. Zhou, comes to Huashan every week from Taichung. He always makes a reservation before he starts hiking the hills so he can enjoy delicious noodles afterward. Because the noodles are natural and good, Mr. Zhou has become Ailing Shen’s fan and most frequent customer. Because all the ingredients are prepared the same day and only 100 bowls of noodles are served every day, Ailing Shen recommends that customers make a reservat before coming.
Reservation Phone Number: 05-5901718
橋頭堡手工麵-登山客的最愛｜Bridgehead handmade noodles—Hikers’ favorite handmade noodles in Yunlin
There is a coffee shop on the way to Huashan coffee pathway. However, the most famous thing in the shop is not coffee; it’s a bowl of handmade noodles with local ingredients. The noodles have been sold there for a couple of decades. The shop owner, Ailing Shen, said the noodles used to be made for her family and friends only. She did not expect her noodles could be a hit with so many people. Now many hikers have to make reservations during the weekend or holidays before they go to the shop. Only 100 bowls of noodles are served every day.