Cake + Pork = ???
July 1, 2011 8:33 AM Subscribe
Ground Pork Cake? That's what it rang up as at the register. But what is it (besides absolutely delicious), where is it from, and how is it normally served/used?
posted by Toekneesan to Food & Drink (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I like this little Asian market near where I work and I just popped in to stock-up on some ingredients. Near the register there is usually a variety of baked goods and every now and then I like to try one. I saw a new one this time and decided to give it a whirl. It looked like a big thick triangle, like half of a super-thick sandwich cut on the diagonal. On the outside was a sticky, slightly crunchy coating... of what might have been some kind of Asian Bar-b-que pork mixture. It looked like a thick, crumbly coating of cinnamon, sugar, and butter like what you'd see on monkey bread or sticky buns, but it was lightly sweet and salty and did taste like pork. The cake itself was a lightly sweet and fluffy angel food variety, very spongy, but it wasn't white, more of an light yellow. No pork inside, only outside. Just yummy sponge inside.
I should point out that this was not a bun. Yes, I'm intimately familiar with pork buns and this was not that.
The lady who owns the shop doesn't really like my questions and often tells me that she doesn't know what I'm asking, though I suspect it's more her curmudgeonly demeanor than any real lack of language skills. She tends to know exactly what I'm saying when I ask about price. But she isn't willing to offer anything about the cake in English other than "Pork Cake." The store itself is in a college town with a diverse Asian community so the store carries a broad spectrum of Asian stuff. What I'd like to know is what was that, where is it from, and how is it normally eaten—or is it part of some other dish?
I'd offer a picture, but it didn't survive the drive back to the office. Your help is appreciated.