Thai Garlic Rice Sausage

Sai Grok Issaan (Northeastern Thai Garlic Rice Sausage)

1 TBS minced cilantro root/stems (you can often find cilantro with roots at Asian markets)

10--12 ounces pork belly, cut into 1-inch cubes, then ground

3--4 cups cooked sticky rice, cold

1/2 cup chopped garlic

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp salt

sausage casing

With your hands, mix the ingredients well.  This is a little like kneading a stiff dough, folding and refolding to amalgamate the pork, rice, cilantro and garlic.  Then, feed this mixture into your meat grinder (I have a small hand-cranked grinder that is sufficient, if frustrating, for this purpose) and grind using a 3/16 or 1/4 inch plate.  Stuff into the casing and twist off into links of the desired size.

Grill over medium-low direct heat, turning frequently.  Serve with lettuce and fresh herbs and either Thai sweet chili sauce or nuoc cham.