Chinese sausage is a hard, smoked, and dried sausage. It tastes slightly sweet. Quang Tran is very clean and rather sterile on the inside. As you can see on the window, they offer three kinds of lap xuong - heo (pork), ga (chicken), and gan (liver). The liver is a bit too strong for my taste, but the pork and chicken (It's really a pork and chicken mix.) are very tasty.
You get eight very large pieces of sausage. A 1-lb package costs $6.50. Yes, it's a little pricier than what you can get at the Asian grocery stores, but you can taste the difference in quality. While I sometimes have to boil other sausages to reconstitute them, I never have to with this brand. This is freshly made Chinese sausage, not the rather wrinkly kind at the store. Less fatty too.
My aunts and uncles give these to me as gifts for Tet (Vietnamese lunar new year) last year and this year. I like to eat them sliced them up and lightly pan-fried (sans oil since there's plenty of fat already) with a few dashes of Maggi Seasoning Sauce.
Also, in the same strip mall, if you're so inclined, look for people selling tropical fruit out of the back of a van. On a recent visit, I saw whole and peeled jackfruit, mangosteens, longans, mangoes, and cherimoya. I only had $2 in cash or else I would have snatched some up. They were doing pretty brisk business.
Some recipes with Chinese sausage:
Bo Bia (Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Chinese Sausage, Dried Shrimp, and Jicama)
Fried Rice with Chinese Sausage, Mixed Frozen Vegetables, and Eggs
Shanghai-style Sticky Rice Siu Mai Dumplings
Quang Tran, Inc.
9000 E. Garvey Ave. #A
Rosemead, CA 91770*****
1 year ago today, Oc Buou Luoc Xa Voi Mam Gung (Vietnamese Boiled Apple Snails with Ginger Fish Sauce).