Ah, I Love When The Buck Fung Blows And…

…the lap yok is out on the balcony

A resident of the central Chinese city of Wuhan is either the best or worst neighbor ever — depending on your feelings around bacon.

Photos of an apartment façade, draped entirely with pork belly strips, have gone viral on social media and are now circulating on the China’s biggest news sites, such as iFeng


It is worth noting that Chinese bacon is prepared differently than Western-style bacon. It is air-cured in sunlight, as opposed to smoked. As bizarre as it looks, this month is actually the season for hanging bacon outside, although not usually on an apartment balcony.

According to Grace Young, author of The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen, Chinese bacon must be hung outside in the winter.

“Chinese Bacon is air-dried and you must wait until the twelfth lunar month,” she writes. “Around January in our calendar, when the north wind (buck fung) is strong so that the lop yok [bacon] will have the ‘fragrance from the wind.’

“Fragrance from the wind” is Mandarin for “smells and tastes like diesel exhaust and pigeon poop” according to my translation software.

6 Responses to “Ah, I Love When The Buck Fung Blows And…”

  1. JeffS says:

    “Fragrance from the wind” is probably a variation of “Breaking wind” in Mandarin.

  2. Fausta says:

    They didn’t show that in my feng shui book!

  3. Syd B. says:

    Last night was meatloaf night in my house and there was quite a bit of “fragrance of the wind” episodes. At one point, my wife actually told me to get the buck fung outa here.

  4. Dr Alice says:

    And I thought hanging your laundry out on the balcony was frowned upon… this trumps that.

  5. Mr. Bingley says:

    He’s hanging his laundry on the bacony…

  6. Fausta says:

    Dr Alice,
    Maybe Lady Gaga’s tailor lives there http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Gaga's_meat_dress

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