Sai Ua (ไส้อั่ว)

Pork Sausages

Sausages in Thailand are normally cased in a pork intestine skin.  However, it’s not much fun going to the market at 4 a.m. to buy the intestines, then spending an hour or two washing them clean.  (The smell is not good – trust me, I’ve done it!)  Anyway, these skinless sausages, more like a minced pork patty really, are fragrant with lemon grass and coriander root and studded with spicy flecks of red chilli.

Ingredients

Coriander roots, lemon grass, garlic and white pepper

3 coriander roots, washed and scraped to remove any dirt
1 lemon grass stalk, chopped, outer leaves removed. White part only.
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 t white pepper powder
1 small red chilli, chopped
2 t fish sauce
2 t sugar
300 g minced pork

Method
  1. Put the coriander root , lemon grass, garlic and pepper in a mortar and pound to a smooth paste using a mortar.  (Alternatively, one could use a small food processor.)
  2. Add the chopped chilli, fish sauce, sugar and pork and mix well.  Kneading for 5-10 minutes will improve the texture of the finished sausage.
  3. Cook on a barbecue, grill or griddle pan for 4-5 minutes each side until cooked through.  Use a medium-low heat so the sausage doesn’t burn on the outside whilst the inside is still pink.
Notes
  1. Traditionally such sausages would be served with raw cabbage which was used as a wrap, with cubes of fresh ginger, slices of chilli and garlic and cubes of a sour fruit such as star fruit.  However, I like them in a sandwich with a bit of salad.  Definitely not traditional.
  2. Thai sausage sandwich

  3. Many similar sausages in Thailand are fermented for a few days before they’re cooked.  This give a sour taste.  However, I’d prefer not to experience the after effects of a bad sausage.  (One of the worst bouts of food poisoning I’ve ever experienced was after eating such a sausage in Bangkok.  It was the day before I was due to fly back home.  I spend the following day, after check-out, sitting in the hotel lobby so I wouldn’t be more than a few seconds away from a toilet.  A not-to-be-repeated – and not-to-be-forgotten – experience.)
  4. Serves 2 as a hearty snack.
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