an essential part of Chinese cuisine... a dry Chinese sausage, smoked and seasoned, dark pink in color
The Chinese sausage entered Polynesia with the Chinese community.
The cuisine of Tahiti’s Chinese is intimately linked to the history of their immigration. And while some ancestral Hakka and Cantonese recipes, handed down from generation to generation, have retained their original character, others have become tropicalized and still others have been created in Tahiti to become “traditional” themselves. In the same meal, for example, you could have beef fillet with Ham Soy, shrimps in sweet and sour sauce and raw fish à la chinoise.
Where to find lap cheong
Chinese sausage adds a distinctive taste to the dishes it accompanies. You’ll find it in chao men, Cantonese rice and chao po, so typical of Tahitian breakfasts.
Good to know
These sausages can be found frozen in Tahiti, but they keep very well once defrosted in the fridge. They can be eaten hot or cold.