Puffed-rice cake

2020-03

Puffed-rice cake

Text|Roger Kuo・Illustrate|Wanyun

Taiwanese puffed-rice cake is made in a dramatic process. Rice is heated in a sealed cannonlike chamber of a pressure cooker. When the chamber is opened, the sudden change in pressure creates a loud boom followed by great clouds of steam. The puffed, crispy rice is mixed with the heated malt syrup, molded into blocks, cut into pieces, packaged and sold throughout Taiwan.