Pig skin salad – Yeah, you read that right!

This here is an image of ยำแยหนม [yam naem] which literally translates to sausage salad. That sounds pretty innocent, but it actually doesn’t contain sausage – at least not in the western sense.  The main ingredient is pig skin (boiled, I believe).  Chewy, thick, julienned, tasteless pig skin.  The saving grace is the other main ingredient, ข้าวทอด [khao tawt], is just a seasoned, deep fried ball of rice which is broken up and mixed in.

All in all, it tastes pretty good if you can avoid the strips of skin. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of it.  Most of those things that look like onions in the image are actually not onions. I have ordered this before without the pig skin. Of course the vendor looks at me like I’m some sort of madman, doing something akin to ordering a hamburger without the burger.  Oh well, at least that way I’ll eat it all.

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Pig skin salad. Yum!

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2 Comments

  1. Dennis Clementi
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Joe, I am a friend of you parents. I have a passion for food but your passion is beyond my ability to even touch the realm of foods that you have eaten,Truely amazing! The amount of time and effort you have put into this is amazing.I really think this talent and your passion is something that can lead you into some type and form of food jurnalism on a professional level. I thought Zimmerman was good.

  2. admin
    Posted August 20, 2009 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    Well, thanks a lot for the complements! I really do enjoy trying just about everything and just when you get to what seems to be the weirdest thing yet you end up finding something else to try which is just as interesting as the first. This blog has taken a lot of time to put together and it sort of comes in bursts, but trust me, there are plenty more foods out there waiting to be written about and I already have a pretty large backlog of stuff to get up here. Thanks for stopping by!

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