Referring to Hanoi afternoon gifts, one cannot help but mention grilled skewers – a snack that is so familiar to each of us, from children to adults, from students to office workers. Those simple, smoky skewers of ordinary meat do not need to display much advertising, but the fragrant smell of grilled meat wafts through the streets as an extremely convincing invitation to diners.
What could be more wonderful than a cool autumn afternoon, waiting for each skew of meat to be cooked until it has an eye-catching golden color, shiny lean meat fibers mixed with delicious sizzling fat, chewy pieces of meat? Crispy but not dry, sweet and salty taste, spread with a little spicy chili sauce. And no matter how picky you are, it’s hard to deny the seductive aroma of the meat skewers that are carefully marinated and grilled next to the charcoal stove.
Grilled skewers are made from simple ingredients as the name implies, only thinly sliced pork marinated and then skewered on bamboo sticks and grilled over charcoal. The type of pork used to make skewers must be lean shoulder mixed with fat, the most delicious is pork belly.
But the essence of the dish lies in the marinating of the meat itself. All in all, it’s still just a few purple onions, a few cloves of garlic, lemongrass, pepper and white sesame that make up the smell of meat, sugar, fish sauce, and water, but the ratio is the secret of each seller. And that is what determines the delicious taste of the dish.
The marinated meat will be skewered on bamboo sticks and usually grilled over a fire until cooked before being grilled directly on charcoal to serve diners. Experiencing many ups and downs, grilled meat skewers have now been modified with many new versions such as chicken skewers, cartilage skewers, sugarcane skewers, meat skewers… to serve the diverse needs of consumers. youth. However, the image of smoky and fragrant grilled skewers at the school gate or street corner is also a cherished memory for many people.
In addition, the price of grilled skewers is also very soft, only 5 to 15 thousand / skewers, depending on the place of sale, but the most popular is the price of 10 thousand. In the cold afternoon of Hanoi, even though there are hundreds of thousands of gifts, grilled skewers are still delicious and irreplaceable street food of “diners”.