Lap Cheong

Lap Cheong a dried, hard sausage usually made from pork meat and a high content of fat. The Chinese name for sausages is “Lap Chong” which means the “winter stuffed intestine” or “waxed intestine” because “chong” not only means “intestine” but also “sausage”. This sausage is normally smoked, sweetened, and seasoned. It is used as an ingredient in many dishes in some parts of southern China, including Hong Kong and countries in Southeast Asia. It is for example, used in fried rice, noodles and other dishes. Chinese sausage formulations are unique, based on a long tradition. Ingredients such as monosodium glutamate, soy sauce and sugar are added to the sausages in very high levels. The addition of selected Chinese rice wines or even scotch or sherry are common for certain quality products.

Pork butt1000 g2.2 lb
Ingredients per 1000g (1 kg) of meat
Salt23 g4 tsp
Cure #12.5 g1/2 tsp
Dextrose10 g1/2 tsp
Sugar20 g5 tsp
Cinnamon2.0 g1 tsp
Chinese rice wine25 ml3.5 Tbsp
Monosodium glutamate2.0 g1/2 tsp
F-LC culture0.25 guse scale
  1. Grind pork and back fat through 3/8” (10 mm) plate. 30 minutes before mixing dissolve starter culture in 1 tablespoon de-chlorinated water.
  2. Mix all ingredients with meat.
  3. Stuff firmly into 18-26 mm (3/4-1”) hog or sheep casings. Form 5-6” (15 cm) long links.
  4. Ferment at 38º C (100º F) for 12 hours, 90-85% humidity.
  5. Apply light smoke at 45º C (115º F), 70% humidity for 6 hours then gradually increase smoke temperature to 80º C (176º F) until meat reaches 154º F (68º C) temperature inside.
  6. Store sausages at 10-15º C (50-59º F), 75% humidity.
Chinese are fond of using MSG (monosodium glutamate), but it may be removed from the recipe.
If using lean pork or lean pork trimmings add 30% of back fat.

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