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2005.09.20

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RST

Don't forget that, at least etymologically, ketchup has a peninsular derivation.

RST

I am guessing that "lor bak" corresponds to the Mandarin nao (braised) ruo (meat) and refers (at least originally) to the Fukienese home-style braise of pork and hard-boiled egg (something closer to your tau eu bak = tou yu rou = soy sauce pork?), which could be found in Fukienese homes throughout Southeast Asia. How these words ended up referring to a quite different item, a hawker food from Penang is a mystery to me. Note that there are many other examples of these Asian "sausages" (I use this word cautiously) often filled with forcemeat of various sorts (shrimp, chicken etc) but using bean curd skin for casing. There is for instance the Filipino-Fukienese quekiam ("chicken roll") which is for some strange reason (an unusual immigration pattern?) quite popular here in Chicago.

The rough-chop filling in this lor bak in intriguing.

RST

To expand on the above: the Filipinized quekiam (sometimes kikiam, if one wishes to be less dependent on Spanish orthography) derives from Fukienese kueh k'eng (Mandarin = ji chuan = chicken roll). The formal name for these items is ja (fried) fu p'i (bean curd skin) chuan (rolls). It would probably be more correct to categorize these in the family of "wraps" or "rolls" rather than "sausages" although there are many overlaps (in techniques, in use of ingredients, in shape etc) with "true" sausages (defined as preserved, encased meat transformed through drying, fermentation etc).

Robyn

There is also a Nyonya sausage or "roll" of pig stomach wrapped in caul.
Padi Prada's menu does include Chinese characters -- I got as far as copying down the ones for jiu choo har (youyu si chao sha jiao) but then got distracted as the other dishes arrived. ;-) Will pay more attention on the next visit.

RST

Yes, quekiam can also be made by wrapping in leaf lard/caul fat.

NyonyaPearl

Great photos of our nyonya food. you must be a great eater too ::))

You can get more receipes too from my web site. Great sharing

Warm regards and cheers

NyonyaPearl

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There is also a Nyonya sausage or roll of pig stomach wrapped in caul.
Padi Pradas menu does include Chinese characters -- I got as far as copying down the ones for jiu choo har (youyu si chao sha jiao) but then got distracted as the other dishes arrived. ;-) Will pay more attention on the next visit.
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