Steinbeck, East of Eden and Ng Ka Py 五加皮

Steinbeck, Rotten Applies and Ng Ka Py  五加皮
For Cooking or Drinking?

China - Carved Jade Eastern Zhou DynastyAn Epic of Biblical Proportions  John Steinbeck’s masterpiece novel “East of Eden” is an epic full of good and eveil, hatred and love, failure and redemption. It has been regarded as Continue reading

Steamed Chicken and Chinese Sausage with Ng Ka Py 五加皮

Fragrant and Comforting
Ng Ka Py 五加皮 Meets Chinese Sausage Meets Chicken

Imperial Chinese Jade Censer Collected by Berthold Laufer

Imperial Chinese Jade Censer
Collected by Berthold Laufer

Ng Ka Py五加皮 has an affinity with Chinese Sausage with Mustard, served side by side.  But these ingredients can be combined together, as in this Cantonese dish: Continue reading

Steamed Chicken with Anise and Ng Ka Py 五加皮

Chicken Meets Anise Meets Ng Ka Py 五加皮
A Cantonese Formula

A Spring Chicken, steamed whole, needs only a cup of Stock or Water. Cooking time depends on the tenderness of the Chicken. It is done when Continue reading

White-Cut Chicken 白切雞

Good with Ng Ka Py  五加皮
Chicken as Chicken

White-Cut Chicken

White-Cut Chicken

White-Cut Chicken (白切雞 Bai Qie Ji) is one of the very common ways of cooking just “the basic dish of Chicken as Chicken,” as Buwei Yang Chao says. Its plain, neutral flavor makes it an ideal

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Chinese Sausage 中國香腸 with Mustard

Good with Ng Ka Py  五加皮
Mr.Ng Bow Sun’s Choice

how to use Japanese sake Sho Chiku Bai

The question sometimes comes up, what goes well with Ng Ka Py  五加皮?  In the 1950s, when only a trickle of Chinese goods were coming into the United States, usually by irregular routes, Mr. Ng Bow Sun had a stash of Ng Ka Py. Continue reading

Ng Ka Py 五加皮

Steinbeck’s Tipple
Fu Manchu’s Magenta Martini

What kind of word consists of “Ng”? This is the Cantonese rendering of Northern Chinese “wu” the word for the numeral ‘5’. The Mandarin name of this drink is Wu Jya Pi, 五加皮  literally “Bark of Five Additions.” [1]

So  Ng Ka Py is the Cantonese name for a Chinese spirit or liqueur that might be an infusion of five kinds of fruit peel.  A sort of alcoholic Five-Spice Powder, perhaps? [2]

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