Easy Vietnamese Ham Recipe

February 4, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Easy Vietnamese Ham Recipe

The Easy Vietnamese Ham Recipe is a beloved dish in Vietnam and Cambodia, enjoyed as a versatile ingredient in various dishes such as noodle soup, salads, or simply as a flavorful snack. The key to making this ham particularly delicious lies in using high-quality pork, preferably pork loin. The recipe calls for a carefully curated blend of seasonings and wet ingredients to impart a distinctive taste and texture to the ham.

For the seasoning, the pork loin is cut into small pieces and combined with fish sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, black or white pepper, and a touch of sugar. These elements come together to form a flavorful mixture that will enhance the taste of the ham. In addition to the seasoning, wet ingredients like warm water, baking powder, and tapioca starch are mixed separately and set aside for later use.

The preparation involves grinding all the ingredients, particularly the seasoned pork, in a food processor until a fine paste is achieved. It’s crucial to ensure that the mixture reaches a smooth and finely ground consistency for the recipe to succeed. Once the paste is formed, the wet ingredients are added, and everything is blended until thoroughly combined.

Next, the meat paste is divided into four portions and each portion is tightly wrapped in multiple layers of clear plastic wrap to form small loaves. These loaves are then placed in a steamer and cooked for about 30 minutes. After steaming, the ham is left to cool before slicing. The end result is a delicious Vietnamese ham that can be enjoyed warm or cold, making it a versatile addition to various dishes or a delightful standalone snack. This recipe provides a straightforward way to create a flavorful and popular dish from Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine. Enjoy!


2 ½ lbs pork loin cut to small pieces
2 tablespoon of fish sauce
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of black or white pepper
1 tablespoon of sugar

Wet ingredients

2/3 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of baking power
1 tablespoon of tapioca starch
mix and set aside

Directions to make Easy Vietnamese Ham Recipe

  1. In a food processor grind all the ingredients to paste (I mean really fine paste or else it won’t work)
    when the meat turn to paste add the wet ingredients and blend until all combine.
  2. Take out good quality clear plastic wrap and divide your meat into 4 small loaves. Wrap each loaf with 3 layers of plastic wrap very tightly in to round shape (do one layer of wrap at a time then add the next layer)
  3. Lay each loaf on a steamer (depend on how big your steamer I can steam all 4 loaves) steam for 30 minutes the ham should be done after 30 minutes) turn the heat off let it cool down before you slice it. Serve warm or cold as appetizer or snack.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 1428

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏13g 5%
Cholesterol ‏454mg 151%
Total Fat ‏79g 101%
Saturated Fat ‏30g 150%
Dietary Fiber ‏1g 4%
Protein ‏156g 312%
Sodium ‏1745mg 76%
Sugars ‏8g 16%


15 min


15 min




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