Mississippi Delta Chinese

Life in Chinese Grocery Stores


Mississippi-Style Char Siu recipe

Posted by John Jung on November 16, 2011 at 4:45 PM

A recipe from Martha Hall Foose’s cookbook, "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook" for a roast pork dish that Chinese in the Delta prepared, named aptly, "Chinese Grocery Roast Pork."

Foose noted that

"In 1920 the city of Greenville reportedly had 12 paved streets, 20 trains stopped there a day, and there were 50 Chinese grocery stores. Several families still run fourth- and fifth-generation groceries in tiny towns scattered across the Delta."

She reported that many versions of this red-tinged pork have been cooked on stoves in the back of Chinese family-run groceries in the area for years and years.


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