While visiting the USA in 2012 I made an online purchase for an 8 ounce/226 gram bag of beef jerky for the Bach Cuc brand. This review will focus on their Du Du Bo Kho flavor, which is a Vietnamese dish with green papaya salad and jerky.
Bach Cuc, Inc makes and distributes this Bach Cuc brand of jerky, based out of South El Monte, California. Bach Cuc, Inc have been using recipes and a process to make jerky that goes back more than 30 years, and passed down from generation to generation. These recipes originated in Southeast Asia, which use exotic herbs and spices, making this jerky oriental. Over the past decade, Bach Cuc, Inc have grown their operations from a small family endeavor into a premier food products company that distributes to various locations.
Ingredients: Beef, Water, Sugar, Sesame Seeds, BBQ Powder [Natural Cane Sugar, Powdered Soy Sauce (Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Maltodextrin), Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Spices, Calcium Silicate (Anti-caking Agent), FD&C Red #3], Garlic Powder, Red Pepper, Sodium Nitrite Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat, Sesame
Disappointingly, FD&C Red #3 was used, giving this barbecue powder a red appearance. These artificial colors are known to be quite unhealthy, with an ability to cause a wide variety of bad behaviors, especially in children.
The sugar level is quite high at 8 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 3 grams of sugar or less. The salt level is also quite high at 430mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 350mg of salt or less.
These were large, thin slices of jerky. The slices have an almost soft and tender texture. It had an odd, unfamiliar taste. There was a liberal amount of sesame seeds used. This is the type of flavor that you really enjoy or dislike, with not much room in between.
This resealable plastic bag is quite tall, easily capable of holding 8 ounces/226 grams of jerky. Everything is imprinted directly on the plastic bag itself, with no labels or stickers affixed.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. The only fact really stated on the bag is “Made from Solid Strips of Beef”.
Something you do not see often on bags of jerky is an Export Gift Pack Information statement. That basically means the cows were inspected before and after death. The USDA is giving a stamp of approval, meaning that this jerky is safe for exporting to other countries.