Friday, January 10, 2014

Cha Chien (Vietnamese Fried Ham)

Cha Chien (Vietnamese Fried Ham)

2 lbs. Ground Pork
1/2 cup sliced Shallots
1/4 cup minced Garlic
1/2 cup Ice
1 package Alsa Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Mushroom Seasoning
2 Tbsp. Tapioca Starch
2 tsp. Fish Sauce
2 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Black Pepper
Banana Leaves
Plastic Wrap
Frying Oil
1 Garlic Clove

In a food processor add in 2 lbs. Ground Pork. Add in 1 package Alsa Baking Powder. Add in 1/2 tsp. Mushroom Seasoning.
Add in 2 Tbsp. Tapioca Starch. Add in 1/2 cup sliced Shallots. Add in 1/4 cup minced Garlic. Add in 1 tsp. Fish Sauce.
Add in 2 tsp. Sugar.  Add in 1 tsp. Black Pepper.  Add in 1/2 cup Ice. Then blend. Put in freezer for 2 hours.
After 2 hours, take it out and blend again. Scoop it into a bowl. Wash and layout 2-3 Layers of Banana Leaves.  Scoop some paste onto the Banana Leaves.
Fold it into a small square package.  Then wrap it up with some plastic wrap.  Repeat until you use up all your paste. Put into steamer to steam for 15-20 minutes.  After 15-20 minutes, remove from steamer. Unwrap it from the plastic wrap and Banana leaves. 
Let it cool to Room Temperature.  Once it has cool, add Frying Oil into a pan.  Put a Garlic Clove in, when it starts to form bubbles around the Garlic Clove add in the Ham.  Fry until golden.  Take it out and place on paper towel.
Cut into slices to serve.

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