Help with Vietnamese food! Mysterious "White Ham"
I frequent a hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese deli close to where I live in Seattle. Every time I go there I try and pick up something new in addition to my regular Bahn Mi.
This time I picked up something called White Ham. It is wrapped in foil and in the shape of a burrito; weighing roughly a pound. The ingredients said it contained flour, pork, ham and at least one other thing I can't remember.
I opened it today and it is the worst thing I have ever smelled! I unwrapped the foil and had to close it within 10 seconds because of the odour. I'm sure this food is edible, but I have no idea what to do with it. I did a google search and found nothing.
Is this actually ham, and if so how do I cook it? I appreciate all suggestions. Thanks!
Is it Cha Lua (also known as Gio Cha)? It has fish sauce in it. It's already cooked, and I use it as I would any cold cut.
I am lucky to have three places near me that makes it fresh, in banana leaves (it leaves a wonderful flavor) instead of just aluminum foil.
But it doesn't smell bad, nor is the smell very strong..if the ones you got are smelling bad, it might be spoiled :(
After gnomatic's reply I worked up the courage to take a bite. After unwrapping it fully it turns out the smell was coming from a weird cellophane/plastic that covered the meat. I guess it absorbed all the fish sauce because the meat smelled completely different. I took a bite and it was good! Now to try it on a sandwich.... Once again, I have found another surprise from my favorite deli.