A Food Lover's Travel Guide to the Best of Vietnamese Food

Nem Chua

Vietnamese Cured Sausage

Lean pork is grinded, pounded, and mixed with thin strips of pork rind along with various spices and sugar. It's wrapped, usually in plastic wrap or banana leaves, and left to ferment for a few days. When it's served, it's sometimes fried up, but it's usually eaten uncooked. The taste is sweet, a little sour, salty, and with a fermented undertone. It's not for everybody. In fact, most western palates will find it unsatisfying, but you don't know unless you try it.

Nem Chua or Vietnamese Cured Sausage