Chinese sausages

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© Richard Seah
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UploadedMay 20, 2009
TakenJanuary 16, 2009
ModelFinePix S5Pro
Exposure1/100 sec at f/4.5
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Focal Length46 mm
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I think my search for - or rather, my indecision over - a color theory image is finally over. When I saw this image while going through my archives, I thought, "this is it!"

UPDATE Dec 2011: Now I have moved this to "The Color Red" challenge.


These are Chinese sausages. I am not sure how they make it nowadays but before artificial coloring existed, they were made with red yeast rice, which is rice fermented with a special mold that gives it the red color.

The darker colored sausages are liver (I think duck liver) sausages while the rest are pork sausages.

Red yeast rice is used to color a wide variety of foods, including char siew (roast pork) and Peking duck and, apparently, also Tandoori chicken in Indian cuisine and Salami in Italian cuisine.

In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to invigorate the body, aid in digestion, and remove "blood blockages".

In modern medicine, red yeast rice is known to contain lovastatin, a naturally-occurring statin that lowers blood cholesterol, especially the "bad cholesterol" and triglyceride levels.

In the The theory of Color Theory photo essay.

8 responses

  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (21 May 2009):

    Fits perfectly! Also good for the market theme now :)

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (22 May 2009):

    Great stuff (culinarily and aesthetically).

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (23 May 2009):

    Looks so nice and tasty ... I think :)

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (23 May 2009):


  • Johanna Mifsud

    Johanna Mifsud said (26 May 2009):

    I love these shots and I'm always in search of captures like this one especially round markets in the Middle East. This would have made a great entry for the theme 'market' too. A fav!

  • ♥ Cairenn ♥

    ♥ Cairenn ♥ said (26 May 2009):


  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (26 Dec 2011):

    love the full frame and all the neat reds.perfect for this theme Richard!

  • wijnand loven

    wijnand loven gave props (1 Jan 2012):

    Makes me hungry! Great entry! I also like the generous background information. Cheers!

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