Sapa is famous for a lot of delicious specialties such as thang co, grilled stream fish, cap nach pork, salmon sour hotpot and so on. Among them, a famous specialty that you should not miss in your Sapa tours is gac bep pork. Now, are you curious about this term and how to make this specialty? Here are some details for you:
1/ The characteristics of gac bep pork
Gac bep pork has the same characteristics as gac bep beef and buffalo meat. The chosen pigs have to be naturally grazed in the high mountainous plateaus in Sapa. People process this dish in a very distinctive manner. To be specific, when the pork is cut into the small pieces, people rub them with salt, soak them with wine and put them in a jar to brew for about 3 or 4 days. After that, people pick them out and wash them with cold water, then dry and hang them up in the kitchen. Therefore, this dish is named gac bep pork.
2/ The processing of gac bep pork
Depending on each region, there are a lot of different ways to process gac bep pork. At some places, the pork is cooled and put in the mortar with a sufficient amount of salt to make the pork more savory. Then, people mix the pork with a kind of yeast made from the forest tree, brew it for 2 or 3 days and hang it up in the kitchen. Otherwise, some other places keep the taste of the pork by marinating it with salt in nearly a dozen hour and also hang it up in the kitchen. In addition, gac bep pork can be fried with ginger, bitter vegetable or lemon leaves. Especially, people always take the wormwood forest and sugarcane bagasse to broil the pork in order to make it more fragrant. When the pork is completely ripe, it is very crispy but not fleshy, creating a charming taste attracting a lot of tourists in Sapa tours. Although gac bep pork is totally original without preservatives, it can be reserved for a very long time.
3/ Enjoying gac bep pork
Before eating gac bep pork, people have to flame and clean it to make it softer and cleaner, then they cut it into the small pieces to process into a lot of different dishes such as stir-fried with tomatoes, stew with garlic leaves or simply fry with cabbage. Actually, all the dishes makes gac bep pork much more delicious than the usual pork. When you enjoy this specialty, you can see that the meat is not crushed and has a distinctive fragrance. Therefore, it is worth a trying in your Sapa tours.
For Tay people in Sapa, gac bep pork is an indispensable traditional dish on the Tet holidays. In the cold atmosphere of the spring, enjoying the crispy pieces of gac bep pork and nibbling a few cups of wine will be the ideal things to do to make people closer together. Read more some of wine in Sapa :
- Bac Ha corn wine – a distinctive taste of Sapa
- San Lung wine – the best kind of wine of Red Dao people in Sapa
In addition to Gac Bep Pork , Sapa has a lot of specialty food that you must be try when travel to Sapa. Read more :