Cha Lua’ or ‘Gio Lua’ (silk rolls) can be one indispensable dish in our meals of the first days of the year and especially in the tray of rice to worship our ancestors. Besides, Cha Lua often appears in many dishes such as bread, Banh Cuon, Banh uot, Xoi man (salty, sticky rice), Bun Bo (beef vermicelli), etc. This is a favorite cold food sold a lot in supermarkets, shops, butchers at the market.
The way to make Cha Lua is not complicated but not everyone knows how to let it have a sweet taste of meat, spicy taste from the pepper, the crispness, the moderate deliciousness. To make the delicious Cha Lua, in addition to the fresh ingredients, you need to know the particular cha lua recipe along with some useful cooking tips. This article will show you how to make this dish properly.
Ingredients for cha lua recipe
– 900 g of ground pork (lean, low in fat)
– 90 g sugar
– 60 ml of fish sauce
– 90 ml of oil
– 90 ml of cold water
– 1 tbsp ground pepper, 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp of yeast
– 3 tbsp of tapioca starch
– Clean banana leaves
How to make Cha lua recipe
Stage 1: You put the minced meat in the bowl of the whisk (using a stick). Then, add sugar, salt, oil, fish sauce, and some ice, and turn on the whisk at low speed to mix for 10 minutes.
If you don’t have a whisk, you can mix it by hand, but it’s very long and easy to get tired.
Stage 2: After mixing well, you use the racket to remove the meat stuck on the bowl. Next, take the plastic wrap to cover the bowl and put it in the fridge for 3 hours or more.
Stage 3: After that, take the meat out, and put in the blender to puree. Then, cover it with the food wrap and place in the fridge for another 2 hours. Next, take out and grind the meat again.
Stage 4: When you see that the meat is whiter and smoother and still cold, you will start mixing it. If the pork is not cold, you need to freeze it again. Add pepper, yeast and mix it well. Then, add the tapioca starch with two tablespoons of ice and in a bowl of meat. Continue mixing well, and the meat turns into‘Gio song.’
Note: After mixing, if a bowl of meat is still slightly cold, your meat will be very suitableto make a delicious Cha Lua.
Stage 5: Put clean banana leaves on the table, place Gia song on, then pack them tightly as shown in the picture.
Note: When wrapping Cha Lua, you must pack them firmly. Banana leaves must cover all the inside, and the ends of the leaves must be folded by tightly tied strings. Therefore, Cha Lua will expand and look very nice, not wrinkled when steaming is finished.
Stage 6: Prepare a steamer, place it on the stove. When the water boils, put the tied Gio song into a pot and steam it for 45 to 50 minutes, then it will ripen and taste.
After that, turn off the heat and continue to soak the Cha Lua for another 5-10 minutes. Then, take it out. To make sure it is drained, hang them in a high, well-ventilated place. Wait for it to be cool, and cut into pieces to enjoy when it is hot. You can also keep it in the refrigeratorfor later meals.