Pork Skin Salad

Ingredients :
  • 1 cup finely sliced boiled pork skin
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp Fish sauce
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped scallions
  • 2 Tbsp roasted ground sticky rice
  • 2-3 Thai chillie very finely diced. (Variable)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 preserved eggs hard or soft boiled.
 Method :
  1. If preparing your own pork skin from scratch then boil the skin until soft. this can be cooked as if for sweet anise style pork and will add another level of flavour. When cooked an cooled remove any adherent fat from the skin and then proceed to slice the skin in 2 mm thick slices 2.5 to 5 cm in length.
  2. If you are preparing the dish with pre-prepared pork skin then I would boil this briefly and check the consistency frequently. Remove from the heat as soon as it's done and chill the skin in cold water. 
  3. Cook the preserved eggs and when cool cut these into pieces so that they distribute through the salad.
  4. Mix all the ingredients just before serving and serve sprinkled with chopped cilantro leaves and scallions.

  • Option:
If you would prefer some pork meat in the sald then you can simply substitute some meat for some skin for example 1/2 cup finely chopped boiled lean pork and ½ cup finely sliced cooked pork skin. Everything else can be treated as for the recipe.
This dish is easily assembled "on the road" and it's quite common for the men to add another fine ingredient to the vinaigrette: rice spirits, generally a Tbsp or two would give the desired taste effect. 

  • Note:
The amounts of Chille, fish sauce and lime juice can all be varied according to personal choice.