Nem chua (Vietnamese fermented pork roll) is a unique dish of Vietnamese food culture, made from fresh pork and other special spices.
The skin of the pig is sliced into small strands about 3cm long, and is then mixed with fresh meat, pepper and salt. What is so special about this dish is that it is not cooked by heat, but by the natural yeast of the meat.
Therefore, Nem chua has the flavor of fresh pork, in addition to the spicy sensation of pepper and its salty taste. Nem chua is often wrapped with banana leaves to conserve the original flavor.
This dish is consumed throughout the year. Enjoying it with some rice-wine or beer in the colder months makes for perfection.
There are many places in Vietnam that produce different types of Nem chua, but the one from Thanh Hoa is one of the most delicious. People in Thanh Hoa have a special and secret recipe to make the dish both outstanding and unforgettable.
Nem chua from Thanh Hoa is traditionally wrapped in a small square cube, its size equals that of a teacup. This is the most popular choice of gift to bring back to Hanoi of visitors when they travel to Thanh Hoa.