Happy Chinese New Year – Sichuan Bacon and Sausage

by Yi on January 31, 2014 · 28 comments

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We are officially in the year of the horse! How’s everyone’s New Year so far?

As you might know, the Chinese celebrate their Lunar New Year for 15 days and that means you still have plenty of time to try some of the recipes from my Chinese New Year Cookbook.

In case you missed my last post, I have put together a FREE e-cookbook with a handful of my favorite New Year recipes. Here are a few snapshots taken directly from the cookbook:

Free Chinese New Year Cookbook

Free Chinese New Year Cookbook

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Now, ready to see something that’s not in the cookbook (yet)?

Since I didn’t get to join my parents for the New Year’s celebration this year, I got a surprise gift bag mailed to me from my father.

Sichuan Bacon and Sausages

Although I was a little disappointed to not see a cash laden red envelope, I was rather ecstatic to find a bag  full of homemade Sichuan (Szechuan) style bacon and sausages which are traditionally served around Chinese New Year in my family!!! Thank you Dad!!

Sichuan Bacon and Sausages

Now you might have seen or tasted the Cantonese style bacon (or cured meat) and sausages at Asian grocery stores and restaurants but let me tell you these homemade smoked bacon and sausages are out of this world!!

Sichuan Bacon and Sausages

These are savory, smoke, juicy Sichuan style smoked meat and sausages that are not available for purchase in the Sates! To make these, the bacon and sausages are brined and then cured in a spice rub for a few days. The sausage is then stuffed with chucks of meat instead of ground meat. Then both the sausage and bacon get air dried for days before they go in the smoker for a good low temperature smoke. Once done smoking, just boil the meat and sausage and they are ready to be served! If you love bacon and sausage (who doesn’t), you’ll be blown away by these products!!

Sichuan Bacon and Sausages

Living in a tiny apartment in NYC, I have no way to pull off these dishes by myself. Fortunately, my father makes these goodies every year so I get to enjoy some of his delicious bacon and sausage.

That it, until I get my own house (and smoker) one day, this is all I can share :) But you can certainly share your favorite smoked meat and sausages with me!!

And there was a different goodie delivery I got…a box full of sample spices/sauces  were sent to me from the very kind folks at Sino-American Quality Food (SAQF). SAQF is currently the exclusive distributor of ZHOU JUN JI (周君记),a well known Sichuan hotpot spice and condiment manufacturer from my hometown Chongqing, China.

sample zhoujunji spices

In the next few weeks or so I’ll be be cooking, sampling, and sharing recipes cooked with some of these products! For those of you who LOVE authentic Sichuan food but don’t want to cook everything from scratch, make sure you tune-in to see how these spices and condiments can make your life easier and more delicious!

Enjoy the rest of the Chinese New Year celebration!!

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3 Mai Nguyen March 19, 2014 at 9:46 am

Now I know those dried meat and sausage in the refrigerator at the grocery store are. Happy new year to you and your family :D

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4 Anita February 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm

I don’t think I have ever tried Sichuan version of bacon and sausage, now I am so intrigue to find out how different they taste compared to Cantonese version :)

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5 Yi February 15, 2014 at 11:08 pm

It’s actually quite different from the Cantonese version. It’s not sweet and has a nice kick from the Sichuan peppercorn.

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6 Shuhan February 8, 2014 at 11:14 pm

You can’t do this!! Show us gorgeous juicy photos of sausages and bacon and then say “not available outside of China”!! Looking forward to see what you do with the sichuan spices and a happy chinese new year to you Yi! Gong xi fa cai!

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7 Jeannie Tay February 6, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Wow! you are so lucky to get your bacon and sausages couriered to you all the way from China! sure looks delicious especially the bacon! yum! I would love to try those sample sauces and spices too if I can find it here! Hope your CNY is as joyful as it should be:)

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8 Yi February 6, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Happy New Year Jeannie. Thanks for the kind words! Actually the bacon and sausages were made in the States :)

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9 Sissi February 6, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Homemade sausages and bacon! You are a lucky man! I would have forgotten how good homemade smoked sausage tastes if a friend didn’t regularly bring me some sausages from Hungary, made by someone from her family. The home touch is priceless.
I am looking forward to discovering your experiments with the spices. I am a big fan of Sichuan cuisine (or the tiny bit of it I cooked).
Happy New Year!

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10 Rosa February 6, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Happy Lunar New Year! What fabulous food. Really droolworthy looking.

Cheers,

Rosa

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11 Amelia February 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

Hi Yi, Happy Lunar New Year to you. Your Sichuan dish look scrumptious.
Nice gift from your dad. :))

Have a great week ahead.

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12 Bam's Kitchen February 5, 2014 at 3:20 am

新年快乐! I hope soon you can go back home to be with your family. I know they must miss you dearly. Love all of your goodies in your gift bag, a little taste of home. Take Care

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13 Juliana February 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Happy New Year Yi! Homemade goods? Looks fantastic…can only imagine the taste of it…yum!
Have a wonderful week ahead :D

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14 Ivy Sew February 4, 2014 at 8:23 am

Gong Xi Fa Chai to you and all at home, Yi!!! Wow, homemade bacon and sausages!!! This is indeed great and wonderful. Your father must be a great and excellent cook too! No wonder, like father like son!!! Have a wonderful week ahead, Yi :)

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15 Yi February 5, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Thanks Ivy! Yes my father is a good cook and an inspiration of mine! You have a great week as well!!

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16 tigerfish February 3, 2014 at 12:28 am

新年快乐, 万事如意! Must be great to receive homemade goodies

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17 Yi February 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Thanks Tiger dish! Wish you a happy new year as well!

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18 Carolyn Jung February 2, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Looks like the makings for an extra meaty holiday. Happy Lunar New Year to you!

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19 Yi February 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Thank Carolyn. Happy lunar new year to you too!

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20 Deb February 2, 2014 at 1:25 pm

That’s awesome!

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21 John@Kitchen Riffs February 1, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Happy New Year! Gosh, that care package is so wonderful! What a great dad you have! You definitely need to get access to a smoker so you can start making these, ad teach us how ;-) Fun post — thanks.

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22 Yi February 3, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Thanks John. I would be so happy the day I own my smoker or even a grill hahaha

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23 Abbe@This is How I Cook February 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Happy New Year Yi. It is always nice getting a care package. My daughter is reminding me that she hasn’t gotten one in awhile. This looks great and I can’t wait to see more great recipes.

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24 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 31, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Happy Chinese New Year, Yi!

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25 carol January 31, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Hi Yi, I’m almost jealous that you got a care package from your father. Those gifts are the best! The bacon and sausage look delicious! I wished my parents would teach me how to make the bacon. If you know how, please share the recipe with your readers. Now I’m looking forward to testing out your new year recipes. Happy eating Yi!

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26 DB January 31, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Happy new year to you, your family, and readers.

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