taiwan: sausage in a sausage
My man-crush on the island of Taiwan has only increased since their American born son Jeremy Lin started a Lin-ferno in the middle of the NBA. But truth be told my crush was started in earnest when I laid eyes on this masterpiece of encased meat. I was almost embarrassed that I hadn’t seen this idea first in Wisconsin (I mean really!) .
The night market vendor is literally called “Big Sausage Wrapping Little Sausage” (Da Chang Bao Xiao Chang – 大腸包小腸). The “big sausage is actually glutinous rice stuffed in a casing and grilled, then split open like a hot dog bun.
The rice sausage can be topped in a number of styles. Want wasabi mayo? The classic is covered with peanut powder, cucumbers, preserved vegetables (mustard greens), cilantro and finally a grilled fatty slightly sweet Taiwanese pork sausage.
What results is a tubular meat snack of epic proportions. The rice is savory and matches well with the sweet sausage. The rice has a tendency to be squished out a bit and can be heavy.
In the end the “Big Sausage Wrapping Little Sausage” is a great snack and a mind-blowing concept. People of the Wisconsin State Fair take note, Taiwan has mastered the sausage stuffed inside another sausage – it’s time to step up your game. Think of all the variation that could be possible. A polenta filled sausage stuffed with a spicy Italian sausage topped with peppers and onions. Heck that whole thing could be fried and put on a stick. Or even push it and stuff meat in meat. It could be Lin-credible.