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Please help identify this Chinese (Hong Kong?) treat

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Please help identify this Chinese (Hong Kong?) treat

AnneInMpls | Jan 7, 2008 09:47 PM

Can you help?

I was at my favorite Chinese bakery on Sunday (Keefer Court in Minneapolis), and bought a mystery treat. It was a container of baked nuggets, which the owner said contained pork and peanuts (or perhaps just peanut oil). They were delicious. When other chowhounds visited today (on my recommendation) to buy some, the counter staff didn't know what they wanted. So we need help finding the name so we can all buy more.

They're small pieces of baked (?) dough with a salty, sweet, smoky, pork flavor. Some are darkly cooked - almost caramelized - so that they're like sugary praline candy wrapped in dough (if pralines were made with pork fat). They stick to my teeth, and they're very, very rich.

I've attached two pictures of the nuggets in question. In the second picture, I sliced into a nugget to show the white interior, which seems like pork fat (Sorry about the bad focus - I don't know how to use my new camera).

Thanks,
Anne

P.S. I believe that the owners are from Hong Kong - they said that this was a special item that they don't have all the time. I don't know if that means a winter / New Year's treat, or just something they make when they have extra pork fat on hand.

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