Several years ago, I had a friend of Vietnamese descent. She went back to visit her home country and returned with gifts. I was given a box (possibly yellow) containing several foil-wrapped cubes or rectangles. They were a sort of caked or compressed powder, and somewhat unpleasant to eat. I have since lost touch with my friend, but I would love to be able to track down (or at least identify) this food.

I remember that the first ingredient listed was "grease pig."

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    Could you say something about the flavour? What did it remind you of? Was it sweet, bitter, salty...?
    – Mien
    Mar 3, 2012 at 23:44
  • It didn't have a distinct or memorable flavor, but I certainly didn't find it tasty. Maybe kind of...meaty? Mar 4, 2012 at 0:15
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    Could it have been like a bouillon cube? Mar 4, 2012 at 0:25
  • Quite possibly. Mar 4, 2012 at 0:40
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    I wonder if it was like a pho seasoning cube.
    – rfusca
    Mar 4, 2012 at 16:34

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Does it look like this? I have some in my pantry now. (Don't tell anyone.)

By request, the box contents: inside a cellophane sleeve, 4 foil-wrapped cubes. Here's one:Pho cube

Texture is very much like a boullion cube - hard, with a bit of sticky give when pushed. Salty, as expected, but also sweetish with a distinct flavor of caramelized onions and star anise.

  • No. There was no recognizable French or English on the box (aside from the ingredient list). Sorry! Mar 4, 2012 at 22:50
  • If you could post a picture of the contents of that box, it might be exactly what the OP was thinking of, just a different brand.
    – Cascabel
    Apr 4, 2012 at 1:54
  • @Jefromi: Excellent idea - done. Apr 18, 2012 at 21:55
  • That's probably it! Is there an ingredient list? May 19, 2012 at 3:27
  • @AdeleC: salt, sugar, MSG, and spices. Jun 27, 2012 at 20:13

Does it's look like this?

mung bean cake 1 or mung bean cake 2

This cake is made from mung bean powder and it is bright yellow. Once upon a time, it was wrapped in plant leaves, but today, it is factory-produced and wrapped in foil.

The Mung bean cake, or Bánh đậu xanh, tastes very sweet. It is served with tea.

  • Davuz, welcome to Seasoned advice! I inserted the images you had linked, and used the occasion to rewrite your post with better grammar. We are a collaboratively edited site, and such editing is common here. I hope I could retain your original meaning. If not, you can revert the post to its earlier version, or edit my version further.
    – rumtscho
    May 20, 2012 at 11:15
  • @rumtscho Thank you for edited! My English is not good!
    – Davuz
    May 20, 2012 at 12:29

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