Nem nướng

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Nem nướng
CourseHors d'oeuvre
Place of originVietnam
Main ingredientsGround pork, shallot, garlic, fish sauce.

Nem nướng (literally "grilled spring rolls"), is Vietnamese grilled pork sausage or grilled meatball,[1] and a popular Vietnamese food item, sometimes served as an individual appetizer or snack, or served with rice noodles or rice as a main course. Nem nướng is a specialty of Khánh Hòa Province (Nha Trang).[2]

Nem nướng is a rustic dish, originating from Ninh Hoa - a northern district of Khanh Hoa province, about 30 km from the coastal city. Restaurants selling this dish are very popular, so you can easily find and enjoy this grilled spring roll right at the street vendors. The most delicious is to choose the type of thigh meat, mix it with the shaved pork skin, wash it, chop it, then pound it both, add sugar, seasoning, and pepper to infuse it, then roll it into a long ball, skewer it on a bamboo stick that has been prepared, grilled golden on charcoal stove.

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Ingredients and cooking method[edit]

Nem nướng is made of ground pork[1][2] with between a third and a half pork fat. The meat is typically flavoured with chopped shallots, crushed garlic, fish sauce, sugar and black pepper.[1][2]

It is formed into sausages or meatballs and then grilled or baked.[1][2]


Nem nướng can be eaten alone as an appetizer or snack, and dipped in nước chấm[2] ["dipping sauce"], or with a peanut dip. Nước chấm is fish sauce diluted with water and flavored with sugar, lime juice, chopped raw garlic, chopped fresh bird's eye chili (Thai chili)/cayenne pepper,[2] and sometimes with vinegar. The peanut sauce is made of peanut butter and hoisin sauce, flavored with fish sauce and crushed garlic, topped with crushed roasted peanut. It is served with fresh vegetables such as lettuce, julienned pickled vegetables like carrots and white radishes, and fresh herbs like mint and basil.[2]

Nem nướng can be served as a main course dish on top of rice noodles, e.g. Bún thịt nướng [lit. "Grilled meat with rice noodles"], and on rice, e.g. Cơm tấm.

Nem nướng is a common filler in gỏi cuốn (meat/seafood, fresh vegetables and herbs wrapped in transparent rice paper).[2]

The deliciousness of Nem nướng depends on the accompanying bowl of soy sauce, which is also considered the secret of each restaurant, determining the quality and deliciousness of the dish. The bowl of soy sauce with all the attractive flavors of sour, salty and sweet is made from more than 20 spices according to each chef's own heirloom secret. The main ingredients include sticky rice, soybeans, tomatoes, shrimp, lean meat, pureed pork liver mixed with sugar, garlic, chili...

Raw vegetables are served depending on the season, depending on the taste of each person that chooses. The plate of raw vegetables therefore becomes rich, including lettuce, fish paste, chives, basil, perilla, cucumber, banana, carrot, star fruit, pineapple, palanquin, thinly sliced ​​mango... rice paper, in order to have delicious Nem nướng in Nha Trang, you must definitely use the right type of rice paper produced in Dien Thuy village, Khanh Hoa, although it looks a bit fragile but is soft, used to pack very well, clever.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Lagasse, Emeril. "Vietnamese BBQ Pork Meatballs (Nem Nuong)". Food Network. Food Network. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nem Nướng Nha Trang". VIỄN ĐÔNG DAILY NEWS. 2014-04-13. Retrieved 31 December 2014.

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