16 may 2021

today i learned that "fuqi feipian", this sichuanese cold dish that my parents often order for takeout, means 'HUSBAND WIFE LEFTOVER MEAT PIECES', because it was popularized by a couple in the 1930s who sold it on the streets of chengdu. the word for "leftover meat" got changed to lung many years after to appear more palatable, but the dish originally was made with beef offal, which was sold by many Muslim working-class vendors in the area.