ICDF and DSFS One-Day Event: Turning Fish Waste into Delicious Bubble Tea
Release Date 6 Oct 2022 Mandarin
The International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) and NKUST Seafood Science Department (DSFS) co-hosted a one-day event on Sep 30. The event aimed to teach 24 foreign participants from 18 countries about making bubble teas with fish-scale collagen and understanding how to reuse the byproducts, such as fins or scales, generated from aquatic product processing. This event was part of ICDF’s program, Workshop on Value-added Agricultural and Fishery Products (農漁產品加值研習班), which was held from Sep 22 to Oct 5.
The ICDF and DSFS arranged the one-day event, providing a fish-scale collagen bubble tea DIY course and a sustainable circular economy speech. The speech went on “how to reuse fishery wastes” and introduced how DSFS lab developed and added value to innovative aquatic products.
The much-praised DSFS aquatic product, fish-scale collagen bubble, is healthy without food additive or fishy smell. Many participants appraised that fish-scale collagen bubble tea very tasty.
In the bubble tea DIY course, the project director explained how the lab inspired from Taiwan’s famous drink - bubble tea -- and combined this idea with fish-scale collagen.
Moreover, all participant got the chance to make fish-scale collagen bubbles and noticed the production process differed from regular tapioca bubbles.
“Aquatic product processing generates large amounts of by-products, which include fins, scales, and bones etc...through proper research and processing, fish waste can be reused and turned into innovative new products, safe with high value-added but without food additives. ”
“Aquatic product processing generates large amounts of by-products, which include fins, scales, and bones etc. In fact, through proper research and processing, fish waste can be reused and turned into innovative new products, safe with high value-added but without food additives. In addition, these products met the trend of a healthy diet and the growing awareness of greener and more sustainable processes,” says DSFS Chair Tsai, Mei-Ling (蔡美玲).
Dean of OIA Liu, Wen-Hong (劉文宏) has warmly welcomed foreign participants visiting the University to attend this special event. He expected all participants could gain the knowledge to create new business opportunities for agricultural and aquatic industries in their countries.
María del Carmen Pelaez from Mexico commented that the fish-scale collagen bubble tea tasted quite similar to bubble teas she drank in Taiwan before. She was also glad to know that fish-scale bubbles contained collagen, which could make her skin healthier.
“I like this DIY course because I can try things I’ve never done before. When I return to Mexico, I may try to make bubbles and even sell bubble tea. Maybe I’ll get a big sale,” says María.
Raynaldo Harold from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines said that though he was not a big fan of bubbles, he quite liked this new product.
Dalma Dominguez from Paraguay praised the fish-scale collagen bubbles. She was surprised that she did not find any fishy smell from these bubbles. With this impression of novelty, she made bubbles twice and even took some home.
Miuriel Celia Bendlin from Paraguay felt the best part was that the University came up with methods to reuse the fishery waste. He liked the course that taught all participants to create their fish-scale collagen bubbles.
As some participants have special diet requirements due to religion, they joined the DIY course with the veggie group.
Anwer Alazwari from Saudi Arabia said that they were interested in the snow fungus bubbles. When they completed the products, participants of the veggie group were amazed and liked the special snow fungus bubbles.
The ICDF program has increased international exchange among participants and involved institutes. In this one-day event, participants learned to make a cup of fish-scale collagen bubble tea for themselves but also the concept of sustainability.
ICDF’s Workshop on Value-added Agricultural and Fishery Products (Sep 22 - Oct 5)
The ICDF’s two-week workshop introduced methods or value-added examples of agricultural and aquatic products to foreign participants. The foreign participants consisted of mid-to-high-level government officials, who were responsible for designing and implementing value-added products or projects, and professionals in the agricultural and aquatic product processing, machines, and tools industries. They flew to Taiwan to receive training and bring valuable knowledge back to their countries.
Translated/Edited by Jess Lin