Cha Trung is Vietnamese pork meatloaf, served with Com Tam Bi Suon Cha or main dish in family meals.
- You can bake Cha Trung in water bath if you do not have a steamer.
- If you use lean pork or chicken breast, and 1 Tsp of olive oil in the meat mixture, so the meatloaf is not dried.
- If you do not eat beef, you can replace it with ground pork or chicken.
Cha Dum is Vietnamese steamed beef meatloaf, one of the course in Bo 7 Mon (7 style beef), a high end dish and served at the wedding. Cha Dum is served warm with shrimp or sesame chips as an appetizer. Use a small piece of shrimp or sesame chip scoop onto the meatloaf to eat with or without nuoc cham . It can served with steamed rice or eat with bread.
The cooking techniques and ingredients of Cha Trung and Cha Dum are quite similar. They are both steamed meatloaf in a bowl or small round cake pan. When serving Cha Dum, we revert the meat loaf on a plate, garnish with green onion oil, pickled carrot, lettuce, and cilantro, and peanut. Cha Trung is glazing with egg york before steaming.
I recommend to use Cha Dum’s recipe, replace beef with pork because it’s a high end dish that you can serve for you guests on special occasions and also eat at family meal.