Nem Chua is fermented pork. It has a slight sour, sweet, salty, and peppery taste. I remember being able to taste a few bites of this yummy dish. Usually served with fresh mints and herbs. Grandma and mom said because the pork is not cooked and only fermented that sometimes it can cause parasites in children. Yes…I had parasites as a child. My belly never grew big like the Ethiopian children’s photos you’ve seen. I was given pills on a regular basis to expel these creatures.