“It’s so nice!“ Experienced Huang recognizes it is a mature Nuodeng ham. It was salted three years ago and has been air-dried completely. Over the course of three years, the fat in the ham oxidized and created a unique flavor. The ham will be cut into parts before cooking. Each part can be cooked differently. Meat to touch to the bones is the best. Hams over three years old can be eaten rare. Stir fried-ham with asparagus lettuces needs well-marbled ham meat and fresh asparagus lettuces. Garlic is added to season the dish. Local dishes are always cooked with both meat and vegetables.
As the temperature rises at midday, more salt exudes from the earth surrounding the well, attracting the animals nearby. Shujiang has been cooking now for four hours and the salt has gradually crystallized. The potassium in the salt is good for health. And with a mild taste, the salt is perfect for making ham. The mold helps weigh a certain amount of salt. The precise weighing measure proves that salt used to be the most important commodity here.