The Dish of the Emperor

Won Tui Gwok Wu Choi

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Appears in
Eileen Yin-fei Lo's New Cantonese Cooking

By Eileen Yin-Fei Lo

Published 1988

  • About

This is one of those dishes with a legend attached, the sort of thing that seems to make them all the more tasty. According to Chiu Chow legend, an emperor of the Southern Sung Dynasty was passing through the Chiu Chow area more than seven hundred years ago and was entertained with this dish. Of course, it was made with the cured ham of Yunnan and with the sweet, tender leaves of the sweet potato vine. It pleased the emperor, and he is said to have suggested that it be the “national dish” o