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How to Cook Chinese Sausage

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Question: How to Cook Chinese Sausage
One of the first questions that arises when the topic turns to Chinese sausage (Lop Cheong) is how to cook it. The best way to bring out the flavor of these seasoned preserved sausages, made with diced pork, pork liver, duck liver, or occasionally even beef, is to cook the sausage in a way that removes fat. This is particularly true of pork sausages, which are the easiest type to find in Asian markets in North America.
Answer: The most common way to cook Chinese sausage is by Steaming. The simplest way to steam the sausage is to slice it up and place it on top of rice for the last 15 minutes of cooking (as in this recipe for Shanghai Vegetable Rice). Not only is this method convenient – there’s only one pot to wash up afterward - but the sausage nicely flavors the rice.

To steam Chinese sausages on nights when you’re not cooking rice, place them on a heatproof plate and steam, covered, over boiling water for 15 minutes, or until they are translucent. You can also cook the sausage in simmering water for about 12 minutes, until the fat rises to the top

What About Stir-frying?
There’s no question that adding 1 or 2 pieces of sliced Chinese sausage is a great way to add extra flavor to stir-fries. The question is whether you should simply add Chinese sausages to stir-fry dishes, or cook them first to render out the fat. Some people find the fat bothersome; on the other hand, fat disperses flavor in a dish. It all comes down to personal preference.

When to Add Chinese Sausage
In general, Chinese sausage pairs nicely with rice and vegetable dishes.

Recipes Using Chinese Sausage:
Fried Rice With Chinese Sausage
Cabbage With Chinese Sausage
- here's an example of a recipe where fat from the sausage adds flavor; however, you can steam or blanch the sausage first if desired.
Shanghai Vegetable Rice
Lotus Leaf Wraps

Do you have a favorite method for cooking Chinese sausage that I haven't covered? Feel free to send me an email at chinesefood@aboutguide.com and I will include it here.

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