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Nem Lui

Lemongrass Skewers

Once upon a time, there was a hungry emperor. Someone decided to put ground meat on a lemongrass stalk and grill it over coals. They all lived happily ever after. Nem lụi is a specialty in the former imperial capital, Hue. It's made with ground pork, sometimes also beef, and a variety of spices. The mixture is placed on a lemongrass stalk and grilled. It's a classy version of meat on a stick. The result is a flavorful smokey meat that can be dipped in chili sauce, or wrapped up in a sheet of rice paper with your favorite herbs and dipped in a special Hue fermented soy bean sauce. If you're in Hue, it's a must try. If you see it outside of Hue, it's still a must try, but beware - sometimes the meat will be cooked on a chopstick instead of lemongrass. I don't know how much it affects the taste, but c'mon, now it's just meat on a stick. Where's the class?

Where To Find It:

Nina's Cafe - 16/34 Nguyễn Tri Phương