Cured Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)

Cured Fermented Beef Recipe (Nem Chua Bò)
Cured Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)
Cured Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)

This time, we’re making one of our Vietnamese traditional snack/appetizer, Cured Fermented Beef (Nem Chua Bò). Traditionally, it’s made from pork. However, it’s probably safer to make it with beef. The fermentation process takes about 24 hours. Initially, the beef will turn its color from red to brownish during the process which is normal. It will eventually turn red again at the end.

It’s also important that we have the Vietnamese coriander which is usually available at most Asian market.

You can also try our vegan version of this recipe, Vegan Fermented/Cured Pomelo Peel with Papaya (Nem Chua Chay).

Vegan Fermented/Cured Pomelo Peel with Papaya (Nem Chua Chay)
Vegan Fermented/Cured Pomelo Peel with Papaya (Nem Chua Chay)

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Cured Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)

Cured Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)

Recipe for cured fermented beef, nem chua thit bo. The texture is chewy. The taste is light sour and sweet. This is one of Vietnamese traditional appetizer.
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Servings 36 servings


  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 2 pack Nam Powder Seasoning Mix
  • 7 oz cooked sliced pork skin
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • black pepper (crushed)
  • garlic (fresh, peeled)
  • Thai chili
  • Vietnamese coriander leaves


  • Ingredients
    Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)
  • Cook sliced pork skin with 1/4 tsp. salt for 2 minutes. Dump out and rinse with cold water. Toss well to remove any excess water and cut it shorter.
    Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)
  • In a big bowl, combine all the " Ingredients" above, except garlic, Thai chili and Vietnamese coriander leaves. Mix very well until combined. The meat will turn from red to brownish then eventually turn red within 24 hours.
    Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)
  • Transfer the mixture in a baking pan, lined with plastic wrap. Spread it out evenly. Wrap it up with plastic wrap. Once again, use your hand to even it out in the plastic wrap.

    Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)
  • Place a baking pan or other object on top and put heavy things on top of the pan or an object. Let it sit out for 24 hours for it to ferment.
    Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)
  • Meanwhile, thinly slice garlic and Thai chili. Set aside.
    Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)
  • After 24 hours, remove the plastic wrap and cut the Nem Chua into bite sized peaces.
    Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)
  • Nem Chua is wrapped with garlic and Thai chili slices and Vietnamese coriander leaf. It can be stored for a week in the fridge and for months in the freezer.

    Fermented Beef (Nem Chua)
  • Enjoy and Good luck!

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