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Xuanwei Ham

Xuanwei Ham, produced in Xuanwei county in the northeastern Yunnan province, has a history of more than 250 years. With its fragrant flavor and delicate taste, it enjoyed fast sales both at home and abroad.

Xuanwei is a paradise for curing hams for its Wumeng hogs and weather. It is best to cure hams in the cold winter and allow them to ferment for half a year. The salt coming from western Yunnan also contributes to the deliciousness of Xuanwei Ham. Shaped like lutes, it is also known as “lute pettitoes.”

Xuanwei Ham was originally made for Yunnan families and later became popular, selling around the world. In 1923, Sun Yat-sen tasted it at a food fair in Guangzhou, and lavishly praised the food.

Xuanwei Ham could be cooked in various styles such as stir-frying, deep-frying, steaming and stewing. Famous dishes include “luncheon meat of Xuanwei Ham” and “sliced Xuanwei Ham”.

Moon cakes stuffed with Xuanwei Ham is a traditional snack for Yuannan people during the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is salty, sweet, but not greasy at all.

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