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GIO - CHA LUA - Vietnamese pork roll

To make at home to get a healthier dish and whose ingredients you will know

Here is the recipe of the favorite pâté of Vietnam. It is used in salads, in the famous Banh Mi sandwiches, it accompanies the Banh Cuon, it replaces any meat with sticky or fragrant rice or even with a rice soup. You can also propose it as an appetizer.

Many families always have a Gio in their fridge: when the time is short to prepare a meal, they just cut a few pieces to eat them with rice or bread.

I strongly encourage you to make your own version of the Gio. You will know for sure the ingredients, it will be less fat, without any preservative and glutamate. Often the commercial Gio are not wrapped in banana leaves, they have been replaced by plastic. It lacks that delicious little perfume that you will find in this traditional version.

This is a quite technical recipe, you have to be careful about temperature variations. The baking powder is used to bring an elastic texture to the Gio but it should not make it swell. This is why ice water must be used when mixing and why the roll should wait in the freezer before cooking.

You can avoid the garlic if you only want the taste of the meat. Keep it in the fridge for one week. Bon appétit.
Sliced Gio, the Vietnamese pork roll

Ingredients for 1 roll

  • 500g of pork
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 15g of cornstarch
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of ground pepper
  • 50ml of ice water
  • 4 banana leaves of 35cm wide
  • Kitchen string

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