Monday, January 8, 2007

Snack #8: Isaan Sausage

Isaan Sausage
I know what you're thinking: "Well this snack is neither interesting or delicious." I thought the same. But I swear, it is both.

Isaan is the north eastern province of Thailand. It is very rural, very rugged, and very poor. Many people from Isaan come to Bangkok to make their fortune. Many of them work construction in ever growing Bangkok. I live in an old neighborhood that is quickly filling with expensive high rise condos built by these migrant workers. When they eat, they often eat food from home. It is salty, spicy, and cheap.

These sausages are made from rice (at least 50 percent), and fermented pork.

Isaan Sausage
Two Isaan sausages, chili peppers, cucumbers, and ginger. Grand total: 10 Baht. It could be a meal.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry to correct you but the Isaan sausage are made with fermented rice with pork not fermented pork.

Anonymous said...

ok, I have made thse little guys and actually you make them with salt, garlic, cooked sticky rice (but not 50%) and pork and THEN you leave the whole lot to ferment, the sticky rice initiates the fermentation process and hydrolysed starches from the rice create sugars that help the souring process, so I guess, in a way, you're both right!