Cured pig’s head – Shanghai

Posted by Fuchsia on October 26, 2012
Unusual delicacies

I tweeted a picture of this beauty last night, and it turned out to be about my most popular tweet ever, so I thought I should post it here as well, so it lasts! I took the picture in a food shop on Nanjing Lu, near the People’s Park. By the way, the eyes are real.

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9 Comments to Cured pig’s head – Shanghai

26 October 2012

Well, I’ll be having nightmares for a few weeks….

26 October 2012

I think we saw the same one several years ago.

29 October 2012

Awesome! Being a Chinese myself, I’m endless fascinated by the range of stuff we eat…

6 November 2012

That is truly bizarre! It’s really just the face, I suppose. Or has the whole head been flattened, like the waxed ducks?

Sam Schaperow
8 November 2012


I don’t know that a Chinese person eats a vast range of foods (including any edible ingredients in foods). Maybe in certain regions, but other regions I don’t know that your comment applies.

9 November 2012

Hi Fuschia, I am very interested in sichuan pickling like Pao Cai 泡菜, perhaps you can elaborate on why the use of rice wine to pickle things? and what is your favorite pickle side dish?

10 November 2012

Mminuk – I think it’s just the face – i.e. most of the head, but boned out.

eastingfeasting – the usual explation I’ve heard is that the alcohol helps to prevent the pickling liquor’s going off

29 November 2012

@Sam Schaperow: You’re correct. There are lots of foods that many Chinese will not touch, particularly cheese and most other types of dairy produce, lamb, any raw ingredients (including veg), and sometimes beef. Many things that Chinese people do eat may seem strange to non-Chinese, purely because they are unfamiliar. I would not say, though, that the Chinese are more adventurous eaters.

18 December 2012

@mminuk: Lamb may not be a very good example of food many chinese stay away from. Lamb skewers are a popular snack all over China, and in most cities You can also have Shuan Yang Rou.

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