Although I have a huge stack of cookbooks sitting on my table...all screaming "pick me! write about me! make some of my recipes!" ...and I will ....my mind was on the Chinese smoked sausages I bought on my recent trip to Taishann Asian Market. I was researching an article for Foodtv's blog and naturally, I had to buy something. Okay, perhaps not as much as I bought, but who could resist all those exotic delicacies.
And these Chinese Sausages really intrigued me...are they spicy like chorizo, or ...what? So last night I made a fantastic stir fry with shrimp adapted from one of my favorite books - A Spoonful of Ginger which I wrote about here .
The dish Shrimp, Chinese Sausages & Shitake Stir Fry was fantastic, if I do say so myself. And for those of you who are interested...the smoked sausages (think Italian pepperoni in texture, but not flavor) were distinctively sweet and had an aroma of star anise, I thought, but it didn't list that on the package. What it did say...pork, chicken, soy sauce sugar, grain alcohol...really? hmmm, perhaps that's what I tasted, preservatives and "spices" (but not which ones).
And the sausages so tasty, I think I'll be making some sort of Asian inspired frittata this weekend....stay tuned.