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Toisanese (Hoisanese is the REAL pronunciation; and Mandarin speakers call it "Taishan" or Taishanese") were among the first Chinese-Cantonese immigrants to hail to the United States from the Guangdong/Guangzhou Province of Southern China in the Pearl River Delta, west of Hong Kong.

Many Hoisanese immigrants came to the U.S. starting in the 19th century to help build railroads, and eventually stayed to establish laundromats, restaurants, etc. and worked hard to build a better future for their families. Some famous Hoisan folks include: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Chef Martin Yan (Yan Can Cook); Hawaii Senator Hiram Fong, Hong Kong Martial Artist Donnie Yen (star of IP MAN), Actor James Hong, Former California Treasurer Matt Fong; Actress Anna May Wong. For more Toisan/Taishan background history, click on Wikipedia.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cake Noodle Anyone?

Have you heard of  "Cake Noodle"? It's purely a Hawaii-Chinese/Jongshanese influenced dish in which the noodles are fried and sliced into square-like portions (like how you'd slice a rectangular cake) only available on Oahu, as far as I know.  When I met my future husband in California, he asked me to order "cake noodle" at a Chinese restaurant for him but I had NO clue what he was talking about. So I asked my mom, and she had never heard of it either. Now that we live on Oahu, cake noodle is a must whenever we go out to a local Chinese eatery. But I still like the traditional Hong Kong Style egg noodles pan fried and uncut too - yummmy. 

Oahu's Famous Minute Chicken Cake Noodle

Naked Cake Noodles! Without Minute Chicken and sauce.... to make it, check out this recipe from Joanne Sugimoto at: http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/asian/basic-chinese-cake-noodle-recipe.html

I'll have to conduct more research but from what I've learned - most of Oahu's Chinese are "Jongshanese," peeps who hail from the southern Canton (Guangdong) region of China, which is located south/south-east from Canton and are a region separate from Toisan.

Toisan and the other 4 counties (Hocksan, Sanweh, Hoiping, and Yanping) are located on the West/Southwest side of Canton, which is the commerce city center of the region. All this time I thought my Toisanese family was from southern Guangdong/Canton but in truth, we're Southwestern Chinese folks. Can anyone else help confirm? I need to make a trip to Toisan soon - namely to Nam Cheung, Wang Woo, or Leung Toon  (where all my parents/grandparents hailed from) so I can offer accurate information.  Ai-yah.


  1. Hoiping is not a village. It is a county, one of the Four (or Five) Counties. It is called Kaiping in Mandarin. You probably should be Hoiping Girl.

  2. My maternal grandma is from Hoiping. My father's side is from Nam Cheung and Wang Woo Villages - but I'm not sure if these are in Kaiping, or where. I've always been told that we're from "Hoisan," so I assumed my paternal side was from "Hoisan." I've never heard of the other 4 counties/yups until recently. I'm positive I should be a Toisan Girl. But i only have 1 uncle left to consult on the Mainland and once he gets talking... it'll never stop. lol.

    1. Anonymous10.7.13

      dude! being an asian american myself, got to go to the motherland and speak from the truth, or check out google maps.

  3. Based on the spellings, you are likely from either Nanchong Village(南冲村), (Nam Cheung village), or Henghu village (横湖村), (Wang Woo Village), both are in Toisan. Here is the likely village addresses in Chinese:

    台山 水步镇 南冲村
    台山 台城镇 横湖村

    However, these are two different villages. They are approximately 20 km apart. Check them out with your uncle!