Splendor's Gingerbread Castle Heralds Holiday Greetings 傳遞祝福的薑餅城堡
Splendor's Gingerbread Castle Heralds Holiday Greetings
◎English written by Peng Hsin-yi ◎Photos by Lin Yu-en
As the year end approaches, Kaohsiung's Splendor Hotel again proudly presents its annual gingerbread house. This year is the tenth anniversary, so the staff decided to make it particularly spectacular by creating a gigantic gingerbread castle. This was truly a grand endeavor, with a recipe that included 50 kilos of honey, 20 kilos of cane sugar, 6 kilos of butter, 13 kilos of egg, 100 kilos of flour, 600 grams of mixed Italian spice, 1.5 kilos of granulated ginger, and 600 grams of baking soda. Its sweet fragrance envelopes the senses and creates a festive atmosphere.
In October, Mr. Min Jiatian became Splendor's new executive pastry chief and oversaw the castle's creation. It took 15 chefs a whole month to complete the preproduction and baking processes. It took another week to assemble the pieces, with the result of a 350 centimeter long, 140 centimeter wide and 225 centimeter high gingerbread castle. The castle was on display on the 39th floor from the end of November until to January 1st.
People have reacted with great surprise at this great artistic wonder. Splendor's American General Manager feels the gingerbread house is a symbol of Christmas and believes the hotel has created a top notch holiday atmosphere. The gingerbread house has become much more than just a Christmas decoration, but embodies the hotel's Christmas spirit. The guests' response has been extremely enthusiastic, so come and check out Splendor's traditional gingerbread castle.