Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Recipe: Vietnamese Fresh Pork Sausage (Chả lụa)

I was browsing through the Vietnamese Bible again for more inspiration, and came across this recipe for fresh pork sausage, also known as Chả lụa. In the book, there is also another version of chả lụa, which refers to "Vietnamese pork roll or terrine", a type of sausage traditionally wrapped in banana leaves. I made the fresh pork sausage version, cos it's easier and sounds more like the type my kids would like to eat :)

All you need to do is mix the minced pork with the seasonings and herbs, then shape them into sausage shapes and wrap in cling firm. The sausages are then gently poached until cooked. You can have this either cold or warm by browning it in a pan before serving.

The flavours for this cha lua is quite mild, with hints of chilli and fish sauce coming through. The kids loved this a lot (maybe the cute colorful toothpicks helped?) and were eating this non-stop, dipping it in the sweet chilli sauce as they ate.This is one sausage I am happy serving to my kids, since I know it's made from scratch from natural ingredients.

Vietnamese Fresh Pork Sausage (Cha Lua)
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from Vietnamese Bible
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30-35 minutes
Serves 4

500g minced pork
2 tbsp fish sauce
3 tsp rice flour
1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp fresh coriander, freshly chopped
1 small hot red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

1. Place the minced pork in a large bowl, then add fish sauce, rice flour, sugar, coriander, and red chilli and mix well. Using your hands, form into 3 sausage shapes.

2. Wrap each sausage tightly in cling film, twisting the ends to keep the roll firm. Refridgerate for 2-3 hours, then poach in very gently simmering water for about 20-25 minutes.

3. Remove from water and set aside to cool, then refridgerate for a further 2 hours, until firm.

4. You can serve this sausage cold (slice and serve with toothpicks or in lettuce wraps with mustard, chilli sauce or Vietnamese dipping sauce). Alternatively, you can serve it warm - remove from cling wrap, then brown in a pan with some oil, then slice and serve.

Note: You can also use lean pork + pork fat, and place it in the food processor to grind to a sticky paste.

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  1. I can imagine 2 or 3 of these on their salad noodles...yums! =)

  2. Yen, took me a few seconds that this sausage didn't have casing, haha. Very good idea! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yen, this is a good time to start making our own sausages!

  4. Wow! I love the fact that it is without casing too, I hate the rubbery casing of store bought sausages and usually peel them off before eating...looks yummy!

  5. wow, you made it sounds so easy! >_<

  6. This is one of my favourite sausages but I never knew the name of them. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Looks so yummm... Is it possible to replace the pork with chicken or beef mince? And do I remove the clingfilm before poaching? Thanks for sharing ! Drools...

    1. Hi DZ, yes you can replace it with chicken or beef (though I dont think u can call it Vietnamese sausage anymore). Try to use a cut with some fat/skin on or else it may be a little dry.

      As for the cling film, it is up to you whether u wan to remove it or not. If you plan to poach with cling film on, please use food grade microwave-safe cling film which can withstand up to 100C. I think it will be ok to take off if it has firmed up nicely too and rmbr to poach at a very gentle heat.

      Hope this helps!

  8. Delicious looking sausage! I could eat a couple of these myself! :)

  9. Healthy version! And sounds easy to make too. :D

  10. Oh? Pork sausage eh? We call them meat rolls or lo bak...or here, we call them ngor hiang, five fragrance - I think they add a bit of five spice powder in the making.

  11. Seldom tried this , usually will go for their rolls. Looks great !

  12. I know I can trust you if you say it’s delicious. Totally intriguing!

  13. Oooh I had no idea it's so simple to make, must try it one day. Thank you for your support!

  14. Yum yum, sounds delicious, must try. Thanks for sharing.



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