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EAT & DRINK Sapa Monday, 12 October 2015

Salted pork – a Lao Cai ethnic people’s specialty (Thịt lợn muối)

Salted pork is an unique food in traditional culinary art of the ethnic people in Lao Cai province.

Pork is a familiar food to Vietnamese people and it’s also the food that can be cocked in a lot of ways. Salted pork is one of the delicious dishes in the Lao Cai ethnic people’s culinary arts.

Salted pork
Salted pork

The salted pork recipe is very simple with the very popular spices, they are basil, jackfruit leaves, pan, chili, gieng, fermented sticky rice… All kinds of leaves are dried and milled. Pork is cut and mixed with fermented sticky rice and a lot of salt then added that milled leaves. That mixture is put into the jar. After one or two weeks, it can be used.

Lao Cai salted pork
Lao Cai salted pork

When using salted pork, people can cock with many recipes that’s up to each family’s taste. when enjoying, we will have different feelings. It has spice taste of chili, flavor of basil, and the acrid taste of pan and jackfruit leaves. Especially, salted pork is sour, salt, and brittle.

Salted pork.
Salted pork.

Although it is a folk food of many ethnic nations, especially the Tay people (the ethnic people who live in Bao Yen district). It is served to the guests as a traditional food which expresses people’s pleasant.

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