August 18, 2006

Sausage on a bone

I recently noticed that Domino's Pizza in Taiwan is selling sausages with chicken bones stuck up them. My first thought was that someone at Domino's must have had a bright idea. Maybe they already tried sticking chicken bones in dinner rolls and pizzas and potatoes and then finally decided that they worked best stuck in sausages. But after checking around, I found that there are a number of restaurants in Taiwan that offer "sausage with bone." Domino's calls their product German sausages skewered on a bone, but I don't think the Germans are the ones to blame. This apparently was invented by the Japanese.
Domino's web page calls this delicacy "sausage with bone." However,
that description fails to communicate the fact that the chicken bone has
been inserted into the sausage. This is the opposite of the de-boning
process, so it should logically be called the boning process, but in the
culinary sense, boning is the same things as deboning so we can't call
it "boned sausage." I think "sausage on a chicken bone" gets the point

Above is Japanese Pizza Hut's version of sausage on a bone. The bones
are manicured so neatly that you might even forget that they are bones!
The sausages on the bone above appear to be dancing on the plate.
Poetry and sausage in motion.
You may suspect that the sausages aren't really as beautiful as the pictures
present them. Well, see above for a thorough vindication of Domino's truth in
advertising. This picture was taken from this page, where you will not find more
pictures, and not a single negative comment about them. I think the Taiwanese
are more culturally prepared for this food than westerners due to eating pizzas
with unshelled shrimp on them.

By the way, have you noticed how utterly lacking in bones your average
hamburger patty is?


  • What a weird concept. I am glad that I never noticed this "delicacy" when in Taiwan. Hopefully they get rid of the idea.

    By D.A., at August 22, 2006 5:22 AM  

  • How can that be sanitary?

    I can see someone picking the old chicken bones out of the garbage in Taiwan, scaping them off and shoving them in the sausage to distribute the cost of garbage collection onto the consumer, but I find it hard to believe the Japanese would go for such an idea.

    By Gridman, at August 29, 2006 8:44 AM  

  • *gasp*!! Old recycled chicken bones! That will be the next big food scandal in Taiwan. I'm sure someone out there has already put the plan into action.

    By Sean, at August 29, 2006 5:11 PM  

  • I get squeamish about bones in chicken wings. Chicken bones in sausages? Well, "fear and loathing" ought to describe my reaction. . .

    (BTW: I linked here from Notes of a former Native Speaker. Your blog is worth the trip :)

    By heather s., at September 23, 2006 12:07 AM  

  • This is a blatant copyright infringement of the 'on a stick' concept originated in America. If these criminals think they can dodge around it by simply substituting a bone for the stick, they are sadly mistaken. They must be brought to heel immediately before they further besmirch out culinary patrimony.

    By porkbarrel, at October 11, 2006 5:02 AM  

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