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Chinese Sausages + Where to Find Four Regional Versions

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Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Sausage in Shandong Style at Beijing Duck House - JIM THURMAN
  • Jim Thurman
  • Sausage in Shandong Style at Beijing Duck House
When you think of sausage, Chinese cuisine is probably not what immediately comes to mind. Germany, obviously, then probably Italy. But China has an incredibly rich history of sausage-making. Chinese sausages tend to be much sweeter than sausages familiar to American palates and, as you might expect from a country so large and diverse, there are many regional variations. Here's a breakdown of where to find some regionally-specific sausages in San Gabriel Valley restaurants, listed alphabetically by province.

click to enlarge Green chili with Chinese Sausage at Hunan Style Restaurant - JIM THURMAN
  • Jim Thurman
  • Green chili with Chinese Sausage at Hunan Style Restaurant
Hunan

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.

click to enlarge Sausage in Shandong Style at Beijing Duck House - JIM THURMAN
  • Jim Thurman
  • Sausage in Shandong Style at Beijing Duck House
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.

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