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My husband and daughters love Ốc in general.  Everytime we make a trip to tát Orange County, they have to tát stop by  Phước Lộc Thọ (Asian Garden Mall) in Little Saigon for escargo or Ốc.  Her Under-The-Sea buổi tiệc ngọt theme makes Chả Ốc a must-have dish at her fifth birthday party.  As it turns out this dish was gone within the first 30 minutes of the buổi tiệc ngọt.  Now that's how you get a buổi tiệc ngọt started!

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The two main ingredients of  Chả  Ốc are  quality Giò Sống (uncooked pork paste)  and Ốc Bươu (Periwinkle/Escargot Snails).  They can be purchased in the frozen section of most Asian markets.  You can also find Giò Sống  at any Vietnamese sandwich cửa hàng.  Giò Sống  is typically already seasoned, ví you just need to tát add a little bit more of seasoning to tát enhance the flavor.
 

Chả  Ốc is served as an appetizer.  It has a wonderful soft and crunchy texture.  The earthy flavors of lemongrass, lime leaf,  ginger, pepercorn and shallot give it a wonderful aroma that blends with  giò sinh sống.  When preparing Ốc, I lượt thích to tát cut it into big chunks ví that when we sink our teeth into it and taste the chewy, crunchy, flavor packed Ốc. 

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 Ingredients

3 pounds Pork Paste  (Giò Sống)

3 pounds cooked Periwinkle (Ốc), cut into half or three depends on the size of Ốc

3 tablespoons finely minced lemongrass (only the white thicker end)

3 Shallots, finely minced

2 tablespoons Kaffir Lime Leaves or Lime Leaves, finely minced

1 một nửa tablespoons Fish sauce

1/2-1 tablespoon Peppercorns ( Tiêu Hột)

1/2 tablespoon Ground Pepper (Tiêu Xay)

Other ingredients

4 Lemongrass stalks, only the white thicker over, washed, each split into 4 or 8 about 3 inches sticks

A bunch of Lime Leaves, washed, dried, cut into half

1 large Ginger Root, peeled, washed, thinly sliced

Banana leaves, cut into  rectangles

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Aluminum foil,  cut into rectangles about one inch longer than thở the size of banana leaves

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Wash Ốc in salt water thouroughly.  Rinse a couple time until the water is cleared.  Place a handfull of Ốc in your hands and squeeze out the liquid. Cut Ốc into half or three pieces depends on the size.  Drained and mix it aside.

In a pan,  sauté  finely minced lemongrass and shallot until fragnant.  Add fish sauce.  Mix it well.  Add Ốc and give it a quick stir.  Remove from heat.  Don't  leave it on the stove for longer than half of a minute as the juice in Ốc will release.  If there is any juice in the pan, drain the juice. Let it cool down.

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Preparing Pork Paste and Ốc

 I forgot to tát add finely minced lime leaves  at the same time with other ingredients :-)

In mixing bowl, combine sauteed Ốc, pork paste (giò sống), finely minced lime leaves, pepercorns and ground pepper. Mix well. Cover and place it in freezer or fridge for about half an hour until the beef is really cold but not yet frozen . This process will help the meat to tát bind together.

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Lay banana leaf on a cutting board, place a lime leaf,  about 1 tablespoon of the mixture.  Then place a lemongrass stick on one side and a slice of ginger on the other side of the mixture.  Mold the mixture into a log and roll tightly.  Place an aluminum foil on a cutting board, then place a banana leaf roll on it and roll it up.  Twist  the ends of the foil tightly. 

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Steaming Chả  Ốc

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Bring a steamer to tát boil. Add the uncooked Chả  Ốc into the steamer tray and steam about 10-12 minutes. Enjoy it hot or cold with or without the dipping ginger fish sauce.

Voila! Escargo!