Grilled field pig

Grilled field pig

BBQ Field Pig of Central Hightland
Heo Rẫy Nướng

With a natural area of ​​more than 50,000 square kilometres (accounting for more than 16% of the whole country), the Central Highlands can be divided into 3 subregions according to their deviation in topography and climate, namely: North Central Highlands (Bắc Tây Nguyên) (inclusive of Kon Tum and Gia Lai Provinces), Middle Central Highlands(Trung Tây Nguyên) (including provinces of Đắk Lắk and Ðắc Nông) South Central Highlands (Nam Tây Nguyên) (covering Lâm Đồng Province). Middle Central Highlands has lower altitudes and therefore has a higher temperature than the other two subregions.

The Central Highlands is a plateau that stretches from southern Laos to northeastern Cambodia. Gia Lai Province and Dak Lak Province solely share a border with Laos, but Kon Tum Province shares a border with both Laos and Cambodia. Lâm Đồng Province is landlocked, and as a result, it has no international borders.

Travelling through Việtnam via the stunning Central Highlands is a wonderful alternative to the more popular coastline route. The Central Highlands have beautiful natural aspects like as relatively unspoiled forests, waterfalls, and spectacular vistas, which contrast with parts still devastated by war. The climate is pleasant and cool throughout the year, however, it turns chilly and windy as the year progresses. The soil is characterized by a large and fertile basalt red soil appropriate for industrial agriculture production. As a result, vast rubber, coffee, and tea plantations have sprouted.

The Central Highlands people begin the festival season and prepare for Tết every year around March or April on the solar calendar when the crops have been harvested, the rice baskets have been filled, and the fieldwork has been put on hold. Tết of ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands occurs at the intersection of the rainy and dry seasons; it is the perfect time to prepare for the next crop and to express gratitude to the gods for providing abundant crops, as well as to pray for beneficial rain and wind for the new planting crop.

Rice is often grown in separate fields, and some animals and fowl are kept separate as sacred food for ceremonial days when offerings to the Gods are made during the New Year. Because the sacrificial food must be the best, most beautiful, and cleanest food, meticulously farmed and cared for, according to the Central Highlands ethic. When the gifts are delivered in this manner, the Gods will notice them and bestow peace, health, and wealth upon them. As a result, the traditional food of the Central Highlands has become a popular tourist attraction.

BBQ field pig in Koh Tum, which has become a delicacy and popular throughout the region and beyond, is one of the sacred foods as an offering at the ceremony. In Kon Tum, a field pig is a type of pig that is organically farmed in the wild by ethnic minorities. Field pigs spend their entire lives outdoors.

In contrast to the supermarket’s dry and insipid choices, the flavour and texture of the field pig are outstanding. Pastured pork has a distinct flavour and delicious texture. The pigs can exercise freely and develop natural muscles without the use of growth hormones. They can associate with the herd and are not subject to the same levels of stress as intensively housed pigs. Their diet is varied, and like the locals always say – pigs take on the flavour of their environment.

The ceremony pig weighs no more than 15kg after being slaughtered and cleaned and it’s marinated in a spice paste prepared from coriander root, galangal, garlic, lemongrass, chilli and turmeric, salt-and-pepper, and forest herbs. During the open-fire barbeque process, a glaze made of soda water, lime juice, malt, and spices is applied to the skin to preserve the eye-catching golden brown crispy crackling. The whole pig is slowly grilled until cooked. The barbecue pig is cut into little pieces and served with a variety of young leaves and forest greens, including sesame leaves, avocado leaves, and leaves.

A feast (cỗ, tiệc) of ceremonial meals is a major event for families or villages, with up to 12 people per table. Weddings, funerals, and festivals always include a feast. At a feast, ordinary foods are not served, but steamed rice is still used.

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