Cai Rang in Can Tho is not only famous for Cai Rang floating market – the biggest of its kind in Mekong Delta but also Cai Rang grilled pork patties (Nem nuong Cai Rang) – a delicious grilled dish from pork. Grilled pork patties (Nem nuong) is popular in many regions of Vietnam. However, local people have changed the recipe to meet local tastes, preferences, and products. (Nem nuong Cai Rang) recipe was created by Ms. Tu Khem. Its amazing taste has attracted lots of travelers coming to this region to try the dish. The dish has become the pride of people in Can Tho.
Nem nuong is made from fresh pork which is still warm. The pork is sliced thinly, marinated with grilled garlic, minced garlic, thickened fish sauce, salt. Marinated pork is kneaded with sugar and ground pepper until chewy. The longer the pork is kneaded, the chewier the pork is. White-pink well-kneaded pork is formed into balls, placed on bamboo skewers, then grilled on charcoal until yellow, crispy outside, tender inside, and nice-smelling. Cai Rang grilled pork patties taste sweet, crunchy, chewy, fatty and buttery. When eating, just get pork balls out of skewers, eat with Phong Dien Hoi cake, vegetables (cucumber, pineapple, star-fruit, green banana), herbs, carrot-daikon pickles. Wrap all of the above in a little sticky thin rice paper, dip in a special viscous and well-kneaded sauce from fermented soybeans, salt, sugar, crushed peanuts and chili pepper. Instead of fermented soybean sauce, the dish can also be served with sweet, sour and hot dipping fish sauce.
Dinner should eat Nem nuong Cai Rang slowly to feel this dish to its fullest. Cai Rang Grilled Pork Patties has enough five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and hot. Coming to Can Tho, do not miss a chance to stop at a local restaurant to enjoy a portion of Cai Rang Grilled Pork Patties. I promise you will love it.
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