Another local soul food is the Taipien, a type of soup noodle dish that came from China. The noodles are transparent and made from bean starch, and the toppings consist of lots of vegetables, sliced pork and a deep fried egg. The soup is flavorsome and pork bone based.
Another local sweet is the Chosen Ame, which literally means “Korean Sweet”. Made of glutinous rice, starch syrup and white sugar, this soft and delicate chewy confectionary was a form of preserved food 400 years ago, while Kumamoto Castle was being built. It is called a Korean candy as it was used as food rations by troops heading to war in Korea.