Pork: the Vietnamese Way – Heo Yeah!

Heo Yeah T shirt

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In Vietnam, my grandma, mom, and aunts butchered and sold pork at the market.  They raised as well as purchased heo (pig) from farms to sell at Cho Nhat Tao in district 10 of Saigon.  My dad tells stories of how he would have to stand guard and shoo away the piggies whenever I had to use the bathroom as they roamed around in the yard.  In fact, one of my uncles started a pig farm when he first came to America in 1975 since that’s all he knew.  Pigs have been a vital part of our family are such a vital part of Vietnamese cuisine, we’ve come up with a design to honor every part of it.

The Vietnamese have been using every part of the pig long before nose to tail eating has become vogue.  Inspired by Pig Parts and Beer who have an amazing Filipino version,  we have listed the most common dishes for each section of the pig for classic Vietnamese dishes. Thịt nạc vai (pork shoulder/butt) are the cuts we like for thit nuong and nem nuong. Thịt ba chỉ (pork belly) is great for thit kho, roasted pork belly heo quay, or just pan fried, the sườn (ribs) are great for sườn xào chua ngọt, the loin and tenderloin is great for making giò sống and chả lụa. The má (cheek), mỏ (snout), tai (ears) and lưỡi (tongue) are all used for headcheese. The ham end can be used to make chà bông (pork floss) and the bắp chân (hock) is a favorite component in bún bò Huế.

As part of the Foodbuzz tastemakers program we were given the opportunity to try Walgreens Photocenter to make photo gifts. They have a huge variety of photo gifts available but we decided to go with some t-shirts. It couldn’t have been easier as there’s a Walgreens a few blocks from our house and it was as simple as uploading the photo and ordering it. We also could have easily done it online as well. Because of Foodbuzz and Walgreen’s generosity, we made one extra t-shirt and giving away a Pork the Vietnamese way t-shirt to a lucky reader!

Simply tell us your best pig or pork related stories in the comments…it could be how you rolled in the mud with a pig at a pig farm or how you impressed your spouse with their favorite pork dish…be creative and anything related to pork but  please keep it rated PG (for pig) and we’ll chose a winner by Monday Oct 24th.

Ready to win one?   Heo yeah!

It was so hard to simply choose one winner, but the winning entry is Roe with comment number #33 “When I was about 4 years old, my mom took me back to Vietnam, just me and her visiting the family. We were staying at my ong noi’s house and he had a pig in the backyard!!! As a 4-year-old from America, my eyes widened and my hands promptly went on my hips. I stomped around the kitchen pointing at the pig yelling, “pigs don’t belong here!! pigs can’t live with us!! he has to go to the farm!!” Well, my relatives and ong noi didn’t speak English and looked at me confused, but I wouldn’t stop. Needless to say, 2 days later, Mr. Pig was out of the house, relocated to my uncles, and I got crowned Ms. Dang Da (sp). from then on, if I wanted something, they knew I’d usually get it, or face the wrath of my stomping little feet and hearty lungs.”

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63 Responses to “Pork: the Vietnamese Way – Heo Yeah!”

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    Vicki — October 19, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    Not really a pig story, but I would love to be able to give this shirt to a friend of mine that owns a Vietnamese restaurant. Also, I’ve wanted (for years now) a tattoo of a pork cut chart.

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    Tung — October 19, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

    Awesome shirt design!
    Roast pig! Yummy

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    Quyen — October 19, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    What the heo!! I need this!

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    Marilyn — October 19, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    I grew up in a farming community in the Midwest and I remember listening raptly to my friends telling me of the stories of butchering day and how they were given the eyeballs to play with. They were always morbidly delighted by the fact that pig’s eyes bounced. As a young child this both fascinated me and squeaked me out. After all, I was a transplanted city girl. Still, this didn’t deter me from my love of pork.

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    Nelly Rodriguez — October 19, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    Pig to me is simple. It’s Christmas pig roasting in Dominican Republic, in “Caja China”. Amazing with a side of potato salad. Cause potato salad and pig….are heaven in my mouth! Awesome shirt!

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    Allyu — October 19, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    What a cute tshirt .. Hope to win this ..

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    Jee Park — October 19, 2011 @ 9:21 pm


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    marie — October 19, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    The executive director at La Cocina wore an “I Love Bacon” shirt when I attended an information session about starting a food business in SF which I coveted. However, your shirt is WAY better. If I don’t win this shirt, can you sell it online with varying sizing options so I can gift my friends who love Vietnamese porky goodness please?

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    The Ravenous Couple — November 20, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    hi marie, good news, we’re printing the shirt in limited quantities to raise money for charity. check out our store and preorder now! 🙂

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    h4 — October 19, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    toi nghiep con heo

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    Nhi Bui — October 19, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    Heo Quay….that was what we always had at family gatherings, all holidays, Vietnamese and American…an entire con heo quay. We would go to Lien Hoa BBQ in Bolsa or some other quay place. I remember for Thanksgiving one year, we had a whole heo quay suckling and turkey quay done at one of those Vietnamese BBQ places. We went to pick it up. Hubby had the turkey on the ground by his feet and the heo in his lap. I ran a yellow light, which turned red in the middle of my turn. Of course, a cop pulled us over. He came up to the passenger side, glanced and saw the heo and turkey quay in my husband’s lap. He reprimanded me for running the light and said he would let me go with a warning. I was like WTH (what the heo!), he let us go – no ticket! Hubby said the heo and turkey saved me from getting a ticket that day. 😀

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    Diem — October 19, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    Born in the year of the pig (water pig), my whole family nicknamed me “heo nho (little piggy)”. I’ve loved eating pork fat growing up, but was never allowed to when I was younger. So one day while my grandmother was marinating some pork for dinner, I snuck to the kitchen and stole a piece of pork fat to play with (dont ask me why, maybe it was the squishy feeling I liked. I was 5yrs old!) The short of it, one of my older cousins came to visit and caught me playing with the pork fat and told my whole family. Til this day my family still laughs at it and swears I took it to eat!

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    Jenn — October 19, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    Man, I have no pig related stories to share! Only that I’ve loved pork all of my life. From bacon to pork floss to pork belly to pork jerky…I love it all! Best shirt ever!

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    Xuan — October 19, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    I deserve that t-shirt. I was born in the year of the pig, and pork is my favorite white meat. Besides, my birthday is coming up soon!

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    Ngoc — October 19, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

    My girlfriends and I had an amazing time at a pork feet restaurant (a dan choi kind of place where old men like to nhau!) a few weeks ago. The valet guys and waitresses were all so surprised at us 3 girls walking into this place. But they served us some amazing pork feet anyway and it made me feel like I was in Viet Nam again. 🙂

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    Ngan Nguyen — October 19, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

    I love pork cooked in every way whether it’s cha gio, ha lua, nem, heo rung nuong, com xuong nuong and of course thit heo quay! I don’t have a good story but pork is very much tied to my Vietnamese identity as well. I grew up in the Midwest and felt very Americanized in comparison to my counterparts who grew up in California. The cultural equalizer for me was spending time with my mom in the kitchen learning to make cha gio or banh Tet and savoring both of which were made with pork. So many of my happy memories involve pork.

    I love the t-shirt (I thought it very clever!). I am interested in buying one so please feel free to send me an email with a price if you get around to printing more t-shirts.



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    The Ravenous Couple — November 20, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    Hi Ngan,
    good news, we’re printing the shirt in limited quantities to raise money for charity. check out our store and preorder now! 🙂

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    Anh — October 19, 2011 @ 11:38 pm

    Trung thit kho was one of the first dishes I learned to cook when I moved into my own apartment!This was because I was surprised at how many of my non-vietnamese friends did NOT like eating pork. I wanted to change their minds, and some WERE convinced. I guess it just took some pork belly and nuoc mam to do the trick.

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    Shanna Nguyen — October 20, 2011 @ 12:23 am

    Pork is good for what ails you! I’ve always enjoyed eating pig with the family, especially a BBQ kabob of roasted pork with special Vietnamese sauce for marinade, a specialty of my auntie and uncle. As a health-conscious aspiring alternative medicine practitioner, it was not always easy, though. All that talk about parasites, cleansing, and the detrimental effects of our sustenance, made my head spin after a while, so I quit eating it, for four years. Finally some farmers let me attend a slaughter and I had pork for breakfast the next day. That’s soul food.

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    Mai — October 20, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    ditto! long time lurker… i want to buy a t-shirt!

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    The Ravenous Couple — November 20, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    Hi mai,

    good news, we’re printing the shirt in limited quantities to raise money for charity. check out our store and preorder now! 🙂

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    Rosalie — October 20, 2011 @ 5:53 am

    One of my Anglo husband’s favorite dishes is grilled pork chops (nuoc mam, sugar, green onions). We were having my sister’s new boyfriend (now husband) over for dinner for the first time and my hubby said we should make the pork chops. I was a little concerned when the new boyfriend saw the chops swimming in the marinade and looked skeptical, but he ended up loving them so much, he asked for the recipe, bought a bottle of nuoc mam and made them for his friends the next week.

    I agree with the other commenter, Kim, that growing up in the Midwest left me very isolated, except for cooking with my mother. My kids love pork as much as I do!

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    Rosalie — October 20, 2011 @ 6:29 am

    Also, my husband thought it was hilarious that all he had to do was exchange a roasted pig to get me as a wife. My brother-in-law had to restrain himself from snacking on the pig while transporting it to my parents house before the ceremony.

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    angelitacarmelita — October 20, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    I eat an almost completely vegetarian diet…. except for one thing I cannot live without and that’s pork! pork anything and (I do mean) everything….. you see, I am a southern girl, whose grandparents also raised pigs on their farm and there is just something about that porcine pleasure that I cannot live without, I have eaten it from snout to tail…. omg, love pig tails…. I agree, even if I don’t win this shirt, I must have one and you should sell them on your site!

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    angelitacarmelita — October 20, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    I forgot my funny story… I’m at my grandparents farm, all of the family is there, my grandfathers got a whole pig roasting in a pit that he and my father dug in the back yard (isn’t that where everyone roasts their pigs?), anyway, I’m a teen ager, and I’ve eaten souse meat and everything else under that porky skin (including the skin, ahh, the skin, crispy and deliscious!), and I see my mom with a spoon in her hand and she say’s “eat this”, well when your a southern girl and your mother tells you to do anything, YOU DO IT, so I eat it. That… was the first day I had pig brains. The funny part is that my (older) sister witnessed the whole scene from afar and when my mother gave her the look and said “eat this”, my sister thanked her polietly (as good southern girls do), and said “oh no thank you, I’ve already had some….” DOH!!! and to this day, she has never eaten pig brains….

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    Tran Nguyen — October 20, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    This t-shirt is AWESOME!!! I don’t have any good pork related stories except that I LOVE IT. My special request for my engagement part was heo quay.. just a little one for myself. My future parents-in-law got me a big one!!! just enough to share with the 100 guests my parents invited.

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    Christopher Sorel — October 20, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    great shirt. Pork gets a bad rap. A good naturally pig taste great and little fat. Smoking me some shoulder this weekend.

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    Karen M. — October 20, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    Love the shirt and would be glad to win – but if not, would eagerly buy one!

    Wish I had a terrific pork story but the only thing I can think of is once declaring that for my last meal I’d like bbq’d spareribs – Or the time I made my husband detour on a drive home from Scottsdale to the SF Bay Area to Westminster to stop at Brodard for the wonderful nem nuong rolls….

    Love Vietnamese food, both to cook and to eat and love your blog!

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    Lana aka TamP — October 20, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    Pick me!!! Pick me!!! Great idea, cute shirt and funny at the same time too. I’m A Big FAN.!!!♥

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    Yen Nguyen — October 20, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    I love the shirt!

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    Hang Truong — October 20, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    I love chao long

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    Melanie R. — October 20, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    Last year, my friend and I arrived in Hanoi just a few days before New Years Eve. Me, an American and vegetarian of 20 years, she, an omnivorous European adventurer. For both of us, our first trip to Vietnam. Even crossing the street was an adventure! My friend had done a great deal of research on all of the amazing food she planned to try. I was hoping to be open-minded and move past my vegetarian sensibilities to fully enjoy the experience of a new culture. After settling in for the night we woke up ravenous. Monika had selected our first meal of the day-bun cha! We seated ourselves on the street in two tiny blue plastic stools–smoke from the bbq wafting over us. Our server set two bowls down on the table in front of each of us. One contained BBQ pork, small pork meatballs, a delicious broth with a note of fish sauce, the other–vermicelli noodles. We helped ourselves to chopsticks, and enjoyed! My first bite of pork in 20 years–enjoyed on a busy street corner in Hanoi. Amazing!

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    jim lew — October 20, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    this is too cute err kewl. i must have!

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    Hang — October 20, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    I love it!

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    Gondica — October 20, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    Did my previous comment post? I don’t see it.

    My sister and brother were both born in the year of the pig. They both would enjoy this shirt, especially my sister.

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    Roe — October 20, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    Awesome shirt!

    When I was about 4 years old, my mom took me back to Vietnam, just me and her visiting the family. We were staying at my ong noi’s house and he had a pig in the backyard!!! As a 4-year-old from America, my eyes widened and my hands promptly went on my hips. I stomped around the kitchen pointing at the pig yelling, “pigs don’t belong here!! pigs can’t live with us!! he has to go to the farm!!” Well, my relatives and ong noi didn’t speak English and looked at me confused, but I wouldn’t stop. Needless to say, 2 days later, Mr. Pig was out of the house, relocated to my uncles, and I got crowned Ms. Dang Da (sp). from then on, if I wanted something, they knew I’d usually get it, or face the wrath of my stomping little feet and hearty lungs.

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    sunny — October 20, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    awesome shirt!

    two pig stories, by way of photos:
    1. my friend and I role-played Orwell’s Animal Farm for 9th grade English (circa 1998): https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Z03J_NllcWYwa-HH-FmHRQ?feat=directlink
    2. my boyfriend and i have stuffed animal proxies, lovingly named Peep (left) and Janbearpig (right): https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/drzOJmH4pbfq5dNdON7v4w?feat=directlink

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    t. nguyen — October 20, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    I would love to win this t-shirt for my 8 & 9 years old daughters who love Thit Kho so much. They love the fat part which they call it “jello”. They also love to eat Bun Bo` Heu with “lots” of “huyet”. When they want more huyet, they would say “mommy, more chocolate please”.

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    Hieu Nguyen — October 20, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    Pork Rules! Love everything pork. My favorite pig story memory was my younger sister in law’s engagement party where the groom’s family arrived at my parent in law’s home at the pre arranged 11 am time. In the 100 degree Florida summer heat, the caravan of family from the soon to be fiancé’s side parked a few blocks away and single line filed to our location. Upon arrival at the door, it was noticed that the whole roast pig was missing ears which was very traditional and essential to have. Don’t know why. Nevertheless, the mad scramble to fashion paper ears before entering was such a fiasco. Funniest looking pig I ever saw with pink paper ears but delicious as ever!

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    Marie — October 20, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    I was born year of the pig! I remember when I was around 5 years old seeing an entire roasted pig on my uncle’s kitchen table. I was given the taste of the crispy, roasted pork skin and my life has never been the same =)

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    Tracy — October 20, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    I think food in Vietnamese culture is celebrated each and everyday, but the choice of protein has got to be pork. There are countless dishes prepared using this wonderful ingredient, whether roasted, cured, or grilled to perfection. Childhood memories bring me back to our dinner table where mom would dish out her mouth watering tender ‘thit kho’ which is the first recipe that I’ve ever learned and mastered. It has got to be one of the best things rice+thit kho+and are you ready? Pickled dua chua juice mixed up in a bowl is what I will eat if it were my last meal. I simply adore the T-shirt and how it represents pork cuts used for various vietnamese dishes how cute, I would rock this T-shirt well Praise the Hog, Pork rules! 🙂

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    Thuha Truax — October 20, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    Absolutely love your matching T’s.

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    Quynh Anh — October 21, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    Very useful information for me! 🙂

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    Nanette — October 21, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    I porked out of control at a 17 dish, pork extravaganza in NYC. I went to a pig party (wearing stretchy pants) hosted by a friend. This pork party involved grunt work as well. The host bought a WHOLE pig, lugging it on public transportation, cut up and in trash bags, and then cooking the whole thing. 17 different pork dishes and I partook in all of them. Almost 200 pounds of pig. It was an epic pork experience in my life. I took a pig nap afterward.

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    TripleScoop — October 21, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    I just wanted to say “Hi” and those are cool shirts! Great design!

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    Pinoy Panda — October 21, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    Your PORCHETTA was fantastic!! And that’s my pork story. LOL

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    trammy — October 21, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

    growing up, i was the chubby one out of all my cousins and knew it. this probably had something to do with all the com and thit kho i was raised on, but then again so were my cousins. the catch is, when my cuzzos were eating the porky goodness with rice, they shied away from the fat and skin. i on the other hand was like “oh heo yeah”! i would mash that mo into my rice and savor. can you imagine a little chunky vietnamese kid savoring every bite of that? you only live once…

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    Lisa N — October 21, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    my soon-to-be hubby (not vietnamese) impressed me the first time he witnessed me at dinner at my family’s house, gnawing away on a pig’s foot that was in my soup. i asked if he was ready to deal with seeing me do this for the rest of our lives and he said, “sure.” 🙂

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    Justin — October 21, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    When I was a kid, I remember eating whole roasted pig (chinese style) for occasions such as birthdays and family get-togethers. This “meal” had to be carried by at least two men, if not more, from the car into the house before my grandpa, which his HUGE cleaver in hand, had to chop it up into edible, bite-sized, crispy pieces of pork. And then we put it into a toasted banh mi with a little bit of maggi… heaven.

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    Huei — October 22, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    Love the t-shirt! Hope to win.
    Pork is love. I love stewed pigs feet, ears, etc. Poached pork belly sliced and eaten with minced garlic and soy sauce! A true simple home food. I had a roasted pork butt from a small neighborhood family restaurant that served what they coined “caveman food”. The pork butt was roasted age old style over coals. My husband and I went there three consecutive days in a 5 day vacation. We were in heaven!

    Now for the drum roll…
    I remember as a child eating poached pig’s brain in chicken or pork stock. Incredible dish that I retain in my mind hoping to one day have it again. (I must source out a local farm!)

    Another, easily found in Asia is poached female unborn uterus dipped in garlic soy sauce. An Absolute Favorite!

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    Huei — October 22, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    P.S. Of course I cannot leave out the must have of all times:

    Pig intestines stewed with blood pudding and pickled mustard. In love!!

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    Lan Nguyen — October 22, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    This t-shirt design is totally awesome!! When I first saw the design, I thought to myself “how creative.” As I scrolled down to read, I realized that the “ravenous couple” had designed it and said to myself “oh em gee.” I hope you guys got the design patent and just reading from the comments, there’s a demand for it.

    I would like to say thank you for giving us the opportunity to reflect and show our appreciation for “con heo.” Whether you grew up with “chuồng heo” in your backyard as I did, or are a foreigner experiencing the deliciousness of various Vietnamese delicacies, I think we can agree that heo is an amazing part of Vietnamese cuisine. If you were to ask me what my favorite dish was, I would have a hard time choosing. Every dish made from pork has its’ own special mouth-watering appeal from Thit ba roi kho, to chao long, to tiet canh. The list goes on!!!

    In Vietnam, my family raised pigs in the back of our house. Being a child-rebel when I grew up, my parents would threaten to cage me up with the pigs every time I did something that is not within my parents approval. Pfft! This didn’t scare me! Then one day… I was living with the pigs. Yup… Vietnamese parents are serious. And to this day, my mother still tells this story to every guest that I bring home.

    If I do win this contest can I request 2 t-shirts? Please…?? I am a huge fan of the ravenous couple. Your blog is on my bookmark bar! Your love story, food stories, and cooking lives together have got me inspired . My boyfriend and I are in a long distance relationship due to grad school and we hope to be able to be living and cooking together someday = ) Of course the other t-shirt would be for him. Sorry for the long post. Happy fall everyone!

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    Le T. — October 22, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    I love gio heo, but I didn’t always call it that. When I was a toddler, I asked my parents questions about everything. It got to the point that my parents wouldn’t know what to say, or were to annoyed to give me an answer. So when we ate bun bo hue, and I, happily chomping on the gio heo, asked my parents what it was called. They told me it was moxie!! From then on, I called it moxie too. It was all nice and cute for a toddler, but they let me go on believing that, and for years, I tried to order it at restaurants as moxie. Nobody knew what I was talking about!

    If i get this shirt, i’m going to add “moxie” next to the legs, and give it to my mother ^.^

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    Janis — October 22, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

    I went and watched a pig be slaughtered and butchered. Brought pig home. All 230lbs. Shoved it in our freezer. Took head and made headcheese for Bahn Mi. Have spent almost a year making Charcuterie. I am a Vietnamese food AND Pork freak. I HAVE to have this shirt!

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    skip to malou — October 22, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    We had a surprise delivery of lechon (roasted pig) at our house years ago in the Philippines. My father insisted that we didn’t order any lechon but the delivery man insisted it was ours. “Sir I think it is a gift” the delivery guy informed us. It so happened that the owners of the restaurant were the lechon came from were my dad’s clients. After a few days my dad saw his clients during their court hearing and thanked them for the “gift” And my dad said he saw how their face changed when my dad thanked them. We found out that the lechon wasn’t really ours. It was delivered by mistake. hahah.
    it’s been awhile since i last came over here… great to be back,

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    Thanh Vy — October 23, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    First of all, I love the great idea of your pig diagram! Neat and I also L<3ve thit heo! All parts of the pork like in the T-shirt diagram give a distinctive
    taste that compelets the meal! My favourite is bun bo hue so with out bap bo the bowl wouldn't be the same and another part is our family uses thit nac dam instead of thit ba roi for thit kho trung! Yumm!! My family in the States also gave me a nickname of "Canadian Bacon" 🙂

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    Mindy — October 23, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    Hi guys! I made canh bu’n for my family today from your recipe 🙂 thanks! And here is my pig related story; I grew up in Vietnam and my parent raised pigs and sale them to the market for living, I saw pigs gave birth to more than a dozen of piglets at a time and my mom and older sisters would cut the little piglets’ umbilical cords and put them back with their mom for feeding. We moved to the US when I was 12 and I always remember those days in Vietnam. I was born in the of the Boar (1983) and I collect piggies stuffs 🙂 . Would be so awesome if I win this cute t-shirt to add to my collection =)

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    Minhchau — October 24, 2011 @ 4:41 am

    *This might be too late, but just wanted to say, you inspired a post on my tumblr!* http://vietnamesefoodmemories.tumblr.com/post/11861290970/for-the-love-of-heo-cha-lua-piggy-goodness

    One of my favorite childhood memories was Cha making me a snack out of chả lụa and cheese. My mom, the savvy shopper, would always buy these huge cheese blocks for a dollar and 99 cent loaves of bread at the Asian supermarket or Food-4-Less. So naturally, Cha was the one left eating all the leftover bread and cheese by the end of the week, while Mẹ and the girls ate new dishes–Daddy still grumbles he’s the “garbage disposal.” Daddy being a man of few words, shows his love in interesting ways: often with making food for Mommy or one of us girls, then running away to do more chores. One day Daddy took some bread, sliced cheese and some chả lụa and then put it in the microwave for 25 seconds. Out came ooey gooey cheesy chả lụa sandwichness. I remember being in awe that chả lụa and cheese could go together and remarked to Daddy how genius he was. I made it the next day for my older sister and baby sister and they both agreed despite cheese and chả lụa being a weird combo, it worked. Kind of like how our big extended family worked.

    Lately I’ve been sort of a mess due to school and well, just being my naturally stressed and dramatic and attached self. When I become uber emo, Bớp, tries to make me happy, but doesn’t really know what to say. So sometimes care packages come in the form of chocolate soy milk, tuna sandwiches, or frozen yogurt. Basically, food, has been my comfort. It’s a destructive cycle, really. Recently, Bớp and I toasted some French bread, friend an egg, and microwaved some chả chiên. We doused the bread with soy sauce and ate the sandwich together while I lamented my first-world problems. Bớp stays silent and listens.

    I use to get upset over this silence, but when I look at my sandwich, I think of my Cha and his quiet way of saying I love you, and think of my Mẹ who always puts love in her food so you can carry it inside you always, and so look at Bớp and shrug my shoulders and continue eating our cheap, but filling meal of chả lụa piggy goodness.

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    Annie(your cousin) — October 30, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

    I eat pork everyday. YUMYUM. 🙂

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    Johanna — November 6, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    Pork, It makes everything taste better!!

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    Ben — November 6, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    Watching Top Chef: Texas as I’m reading this post and they’re doing a challenge using all the parts of the pig. You guys would totally slaughter the challenge . 😉

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    Jen — August 18, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    Hi! LOVE this post! And I love the pic. Too bad I am way too late for the contest. 🙂 Do you mind if I use this pic (with your credit) on a youtube video? More (Viet) people need to know about this!

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    The Ravenous Couple — August 24, 2013 @ 5:41 am

    no problem, just link back to us!

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