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Monday, February 3, 2014

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Along with the clock, tea, alcohol, iron, silk, porcelain, gun powder, the printing press, and paper, the ancient Chinese are responsible for the invention of the perfect companion dog, or at least they are in the eyes of pug lovers.  The origin of the pug dates back to 700 B.C. when small pug like dogs, known as Foo dogs,  where the companions of monks and emperors.

Over the years and after being imported to Europe
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 they evolved into the pugs we know and love today.   

In honor of Chinese New Year dress your pug up in something red and celebrate their heritage!  In case you want something tasty to eat here is my favorite recipe for a vaguely Chinese take on roast pork, very fattening but very tasty and very easy.

Chinese Style Roast Pork Shoulder

6 to 8 lb bone in pork shoulder preferably with skin on
1 cup hoisin sauce
3 tbsp honey
3tbsp soy sauce
1 minced garlic clover
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tsp chinese five spice powder
2 tbsp sherry
2 tbsp sesame oil

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and line a cookie sheet with foil.   Season the pork all over with salt and pepper and place on a rack on the cookie sheet.  Roast for 8 hrs.   Remove from the oven and set aside while you preheat the oven to 500 degrees.  Roast at 500 hundred degrees for 20 minutes, turning every five minutes.

Meanwhile, make the sauce for serving by stirring all of ingredients together in a small bowl.  Service with stir fried cabbage and white rice and allow your pug, a tiny, taste.


  1. So interesting. Of course, Tubby and Weasley are the perfect examples.

  2. Your babies are so cute in red suits! Happy Chinese New Year!

  3. Xin Nian Kuai Ye
    I loved this post about the origins of the pug. As one of the chosen ones, I feel even more responsibility to share my wonderfulness with the world.
    I kid. This was a nice tribute to us. I have a Chinese inspired harness that I wore all weekend.
    Love and Gong xi fa cai,

  4. That recipe sounds fantastic. Pardon me while I wipe the drool.... And Pugs. Love Pugs!

  5. Oh yum, yum, yum!!!

  6. Their outfits are darling. Happy Lunar New Year!

  7. What a fabulously tasty sounding recipe! Thank you very much for sharing. I look forward to making this the next time pork roasts go on sale.

    Happy Chinese New Year to you and your darling pups!
    ♥ Jessica

  8. Those little puggy faces are sooo adorably cute! We just can't stop looking at them!

  9. Hi guys! You are both looking super sharp in your red silk outfits. Happy Chinese New Year!


  10. where in the world did you find the chinese dog outfit? absolute adorbs.
    wags, bailey unleashed

  11. Happy New Year to you and we hope the year of the horse brings you many good things. Yes we owe so much to China for many inventions and tea of course. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  12. Awww, that's adorable. You guys are are so cute in those little red dresses.

    Kong Hei Fat Choi... that's how we say it here... But I think it's Fookien.


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