Naem is a fermented sausage made with pork, pork skins, cooked sticky rice (glutinous), fresh garlic, salt, sugar and bird’s eye chilies. The sausage is wrapped in banana leaves or synthetic casings, and fermented for 3-5 days at about 30 degrees (C) and 50% humidity. The fermentation process enables the growth of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts, mostly lactobacilli, which accounts for the sourness of the sausage. The salt acts as an inhibitor – preventing the meat from going rotten, allowing the lactic acid bacteria and yeasts to feed on the rice and sugar, and fermenting the meat to perfection.
Bird’s eye chili peppers
Thai food recipes with Chilies – Bird’s eye chili pepper
ผัดกะเพราหมูสับ – Stir Fried Pork With Holy Basil and Chilies Recipe – excerpt from the book “Classic Thai Stir Fry Dishes” by Thaifoodmaster