Stir-fried pork intestine with turmeric – specialty food of Quang Ngai

Stir-fried pork intestine with turmeric (Lòng xào nghệ) is a specialty food of Quang Ngai province in Central Vietnam. The dish is an example of using often discarded parts of animals in Vietnam. Pork intestine can be boiled and eaten with dipping sauce and herb. It is also used to cook a wide range of strange but delicious dishes such as Stewed pork organs (Phá lấu heo), Pork organs porridge (Cháo lòng). Stir-fried pork intestine with turmeric is an excellent delicacy which is not only good looking, great tasting, sweet smelling, and healthy.

Main ingredients for Stir-fried pork intestine with turmeric are pork intestine, turmeric, garlic chives. The most important step is preparing pork intestine. To remove the odor of the pork intestine, scrub salt and lime juice on the inside and outside walls of the intestine, wash it in several changes of cold water. Soak the intestine in water mixed with salt for a half of hour, cut into bite-sized chunks. Fresh turmeric is peeled, sliced finely or pounded. Garlic chives are cut into 5-cm-long chunks. Stir-fry the pork intestine with turmeric, garlic chives, ground pepper, chili pepper, salt. There is no need to use cooking oil to cook this dish. Just cook a little water and turmeric in a pan until the water boils, add the pork intestine and cook until well-done. Season with spices such as ground pepper, chili pepper, salt. Add garlic chives and continue stir-frying. Top the dish with some ground black pepper.

A portion of Stir-fried pork intestine with turmeric looks attractive with yellow pork intestine and green garlic chives. The greasy, crunchy pork intestine, the pungent and bitter turmeric, crunchy, oniony garlic chives mix wonderfully. Mildly aromatic smell and scents of orange and ginger of the turmeric is the key to this dish. It turns the pork intestine into an amazing dish forever. Stir-fried pork intestine with turmeric is usually served with steamed rice or rice noodles, Grilled girdle cake (or Vietnamese rice cracker). This food also helps to treat a cough and protect people from the cold and the wind.

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