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tastelessfruit Jul 23, 2006 05:03 PM

what are they called? the ones often found in markets shrink wrapped and an odd red color?

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  1. Gary Soup Jul 24, 2006 02:19 AM

    They are called "lap cheong" or some alternate spelling in Cantonese ("la chang" in Mandarin).

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      ipsedixit Jul 24, 2006 04:49 PM

      In Mandarin, isn't it "shiang-tsang"?

      Literally translated to mean something to the effect of "fragrant tube"?

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        meikng Jul 25, 2006 10:50 PM

        this means hot dog not "chinese sausage"

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          vliang Jul 26, 2006 11:28 PM

          Yes, I think both can be used in Mandarin although I hear the "shinag-tsang" version used more.
          And hot dog isn't "shiang tsang". It's literal... in chinese "Hot" (as in temp hot) and "Dog" (as in the animal). Dunno the correct pingyin for it.

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            ipsedixit Jul 27, 2006 12:36 AM

            "hot dog" using pingyin would be "ruh-gou"

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              Blueicus Jul 28, 2006 02:09 PM

              I've also heard hot dogs referred to in Cantonese as hiang cheong, or "fragrant sausage".

        2. kare_raisu Jul 24, 2006 02:32 AM

          does anyone know the history behind lop cheong...geography etc//

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            chocolatetartguy Jul 24, 2006 07:01 PM

            I always thought it originated in Southern China. Growing up, we often had it steamed on top of the rice in the pot or sliced on top of an egg custard or chopped pork cake.

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            Claudette Jul 25, 2006 07:31 PM

            There are 2 types: a bright red one, and a darker red one which has something additional in it (duck? liver?) and has always been my favorite of the two. Both versions are fabulous in sticky rice!

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              Blueicus Jul 25, 2006 08:16 PM

              The darker sausage includes liver (probably pork, but I can't say for sure).

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                slacker Jul 25, 2006 10:09 PM

                There are many many types, not just two. Beef, pork, duck, different fat levels, different flavorings.

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                  OnceUponABite Jul 28, 2006 04:07 PM

                  Yes. A few months back I saw a chicken one, labeld 'low fat' :) It tasted pretty good. Maybe not as fragrant, due to the lack of fat.

              2. kerwintoronto Jul 25, 2006 10:50 PM

                On 'lap cheong'...

                The two main types are pork (lighter color) and 'liver' (darker red/brown). There have been more and more variations in the ingredients and fat level. The 'liver' version is typically made with fowl liver (duck typically).

                Cooking methods:
                - steam whole and slice after cooling
                - slice and pan or deep fry
                - steam on top of other dish or carb (rice/chinese potatoes?)
                - dice and mix in with turnip cakes or other steamed dish

                - use as flavouring in cooked dishes
                - similar to the way you might use pancetta but for chinese dishes.

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                  The Chowhound Team Jul 25, 2006 10:53 PM

                  Hi Folks-

                  Before this thread takes off on recipes utilizing this ingredient, please start a new thread on the Home Cooking board.

                  Thanks.

                2. kerwintoronto Jul 28, 2006 07:40 AM

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lap_cheong

                  I googled and found this. I also know that in the 70s and 80s for some reason Toronto had a reputation for high quality lap cheong. We'd take it to relatives in the U.S. and even H.K.

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