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I agree, Robyn, that the secret to many fragrant Chinese recipes is lard. And I see no real harm here save we should not consume too much of it, just as we should not have too much of everything.

Pat Wong

Robyn,welcome to the dark side.I subscribe to "everything in moderation".Pork fat rules!


Spot on, Robyn. That crackling I enjoy in my fried noodles is that much more alluring because it is 'not good for health'.

Thanks for another great post.


Well said, bayi. Moderation in everything. Including lard consumption, of course.

Thanks Pat. I feel so, well, evil. ;-)

ELE - mmmmm.... lard. As my arteries would say, 'hurts so good'!


I am a great proponent of lard - I was just extolling the virtues of lard based British sweets the other day - such as lardy cake, spotted dick and Eccles cakes. : )


The Chinese hv always considered pork meat as de'meat'due to its different body parts application versatility eg firm,soft,layered ,fatty,oily etc etc. It is used to a great extent to add flavor & body to soups(noodles) & other basic stir fried veges dishes & is generally a luxurious topping to make a classically Chinese dish complete. If this porky feel/flavor is missing from any dish(like the absence of lard), a traditional Chinese feels incomplete as not having a proper(gourmet) meal. u could say having a porcine nasal twang is essentially an acquired Chinaman taste. The young ones have no such eating 'disorder' & loves unporky french fries to the hilt!


Part of the issue is also quantity. We Americans live in a land of plenty and eat such large portions that the ill effects of any food are magnified. The Taiwanese use pork products in much of their food, yet don't have the same issues with obesity that people in the States do. Why is that? Portion sizes. Protein to carb to fiber ratios. Availability of animal products.

Empirically, lard is still very bad for you, but I have a hard time believing your average Asian (Malaysian, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, etc.) eats enough to impact his/her health. It's not any different from having the odd drink. Bad, but only if you overindulge.

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