On February 9, Taste Atlas released its list of the top 54 dishes with hot peppers, with nem chua, Vietnam’s sole representative, ranking 52nd.

Nem chua is a traditional dish made from fermented meat, typically pork but sometimes beef. It is flavored with chili pepper, pork skin, spices, and garlic.

According to Taste Atlas, the dish is wrapped in banana leaves and left to ferment for three to five days in a cold environment. This process results in a unique combination of sweet, salty, spicy, and sour flavors.

Nem chua is often served as a snack or appetizer and is traditionally accompanied by raw garlic and fish sauce or chili sauce.

It is particularly popular during Lunar New Year celebrations.

The list also features other Asian dishes such as China’s Chongqing chicken, Indonesia’s Ikan bakar grilled fish, and Thailand’s nam phrik chili sauce and Gaeng kiew wan green curry paste.

The rankings are determined through a combination of expert and reader votes, taking into account factors such as popularity, local specialty, flavor, and cultural significance.

Established in 2015, Taste Atlas serves as a comprehensive guide to traditional dishes worldwide. It features over 9,000 local restaurants and introduces more than 10,000 dishes to readers, with input from culinary experts and chefs.