Our Recommendations
Our Recommendations
Sai Krok Isan: Supreme Sausage of Street Food
Details

Sai Krok Isan: Supreme Sausage of Street Food

 

If you're in Isan or the northeast of Thailand, you might spot Sai Krok Isan or Isan-style sausages dangling on mobile food carts on every market, producing delicious smoke to attract passing foodies.

Sai Krok Isan is fermented sausage which look like small balls tied together in long rows. Pork, beef, or fish meat are combined with sticky rice, garlic and salt. Then it is kept above room temperature at around 30 degree Celsius. Salt prevents the meat from spoiling and the lactic acid bacteria can feed on rice. The lactic acid bacteria multiply and undergo a fermentation process that gives a sour taste. In general, the process only takes a day or two.

It is an extremely popular as just a snack. Particularly, when people take afternoon breaks, the freshly grilled sausages are served as easy fast food, with fresh vegetable, raw chili and sliced garlic. It is also nice to eat with somtam and/or sticky rice. The locals usually eat with their hands. If the sausage is too hot, it is wrapped in sticky rice. Sometime it is served on a stick.

Although the sausage originated in Isan, you can now find it all over Thailand, being grilled over charcoal stoves. You can try it right away every time you find it. But be careful with the garlic breath that will stay with you for a long time.