Chau Doc city of An Giang province in Mekong Delta region of Vietnam is not only famous for sights such as Sam mountain, Ba Chua Xu temple but traditional dishes of Khmer people such as Green sticky rice, Beef sausage, etc.
Khmer people call the Beef sausage “Tung lamaow” which means beef guts in Khmer language. Kinh people call the dish “Tung lo mo”. Coming to Khmer houses in Chau Doc, travelers can see long dark-red strings of beef sausages with typical fragment dried under the sun on bamboo beds or long wooden sticks in the gardens.
There are 2 types of Khmer beef sausages: Beef sausage which is sour and Beef sausage which does not taste sour. The first is for visitors who are not familiar with the strange taste of the second. The second has a strange taste and typical smell, local people prefer this type.
To make Beef sausage in Chau Doc, choose the freshest lean beef and beef fat, mince the lean beef, mix the lean beef mince with beef fat. Then marinate the mixture with sugar, black pepper, and some secret traditional spices. They can add steamed rice to make the sausage sour. After that, fill dried beef intestines and dry under the sun for one day.
Khmer women should wake up in the early morning to go to the markets and buy the freshest beef for Tung lo mo. The villages are noisy with family members gathering and making the sausage together. In the evening when it is cool, all sit around the fire, grill the beef sausage and talk to each other. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Khmer cultural life in Chau Doc.
Tung lo mo is cut into chunks to grill on charcoal until fragrant and well-done. The dish is served hot with soybean sauce. The mix of the fat, the sweet-tasty lean beef, the typical light sour taste of the sausage, the salty soybean sauce, the hot black pepper is perfect and unique.
Beef sausage in Chau Doc attracts not only Khmer people but also Kinh people, not only locals but also travelers. Trying once, travelers could not forget its great taste and nice smell. In recent days, the beef sausage in Chau Doc has become more and more popular. It could be bought in Chau Doc as well as other regions of the country.
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