Fermented pork - the elder love it raw, youngsters want it cooked

Fried ‘nem chua’ by Hanh

One of Hanoi’s street food places that has earnt itself a cult with a bunch of followers to keep the fire burning. Fried ‘nem chua’ here has been around for at least 13 years, serving tens of thousands of students from nearby schools, who insist on eating at Hanh’s even as they enter the real world. Some even go as far as having this very junk food, shunned most of the time by careful parents, featured on the most important day of their life. Thriving on a unique kind of mildly sweet ‘nem chua’, the place has gone from a small pavement stall to many’s regular, selling ‘nem chua’, both fried and unfried, often in bulk. ‘Nem chua’ at Hanh’s is served whole, in a plastic cup with a home-made chilli sauce, a combination that perhaps has many chained to this very pavement on Linh Lang Street.

 

Grilled ‘nem chua’ in Au Trieu Alley

Au Trieu is lined with hotels, restaurants, shops and all kinds services for its foreigner-based local economy. On one end, the alley boasts a dish that keeps it animated all day. Grilled ‘nem chua’ here is a bit different from that of everywhere else, which are usually served fried and satisfy the sweet tooth. The dish acquires sticky texture from the burned pig skin in the minced pork, partly explaining the lines of customers that fill the narrow alley every night. Recommended to pair with lemon tea and juicy fruit like cucumber and jicama.      

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