Hunan cuisine is known primarily for its use of smoked meats and peppers. Lots and lots of peppers. Peppers that produce a heat level well beyond Sichuan. Hunan sausage dishes follow this template, being smoked, then smothered with leeks and an accompanying vegetable. About that smoking. Imagine a deep, heavily smoked meat and then double that. Four Hunan-style sausage dishes can be found at the aptly named Hunan Style Restaurant. Hunan Style Restaurant: 529 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-288-0758.Shandong
The presence of German colonists in Shandong Province in the 19th century led to two things. Well, two that are food-related: beer and sausage. Germans founded the Tsingtao brewery and also made sausage a popular snack in Shandong. The only place we've found this regional version is at Rosemead's Beijing Duck House, which, despite the name, is a rare full Shandong-style restaurant. Sausage in Shandong Style is listed as #12 on the menu. Served chilled as an appetizer, the dried sausage has a strong five-spice flavor with a tempered sweetness. Beijing Duck House: 6420 Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-286-5508.