The Northwest is not only famous for its beautiful scenery of mountains and forests, majestic nature but also the birthplace of unique and strange dishes and typical flavors. At the same time, the Northwest specialties no longer show the culture or living habits and adaptations of the ethnic groups living here.
Eat Thang Co, drink corn wine
For a long time, people here have passed on the word ‘Go to Bac Ha market, eat Thang Co, drink corn wine’. This is an oral saying that shows the close relationship in taste between thang co and corn wine. Thang co is made from beef, buffalo meat, horse meat and pork and the offal of these species.
This is a traditional dish of the Mong people. Parts such as: intestines, heart, liver, meat, bones are put together in a large pan, add some spices and then simmer, served with wild vegetables. When eating, take it directly from the large pan that is still boiling. Eating a bowl of Thang Co meat, adding a glass of corn wine helps your body stay warm in the cold highland season.
Buffalo meat, kitchen pig
This is a pretty famous dish of the Northwest. Some people have started to imitate the way of the ethnic people to pack into products for sale in the market, but surely the taste will never be the same as making the original.
The kitchen buffalo is the name of a typical dish of Dien Bien with many sophisticated stages of war. Buffalo meat is filtered all the veins, silver music, then cut into rectangular pieces along the meat fiber, then marinated with salt and typical mountain spikes, then skewered into slices, hung in the kitchen to dry gradually. Buffalo meat in the kitchen is fragrant and very rich. In addition, recently buffalo meat is skewered and dried on charcoal. This is a specialty that is very popular with diners near and far.
Pig steals armpit
Armpit pig is a famous specialty dish in the Northwest highlands. Like chickens in the garden, pigs are allowed to roam in the forest and feed themselves, so each pig weighs only about 10kg. The reason is that it is called Pig under the armpit because these pigs are relatively small, people can immediately “steal the armpit” and bring it home. Because they eat a lot of vegetables and plants in the forest, their meat is very firm and delicious. People often process pigs into many dishes on a table such as steaming, grilling, imitating civet, cooking soup, etc. Each dish is full of flavor of typical leaves and seeds of the Northwest.
Five coloured sticky rice
What are the characteristics of the Northwest region, the answer is the fields of ripe fields in the valley, feeding the people here for hundreds of years. From the upland sticky rice seeds, people in the Northwest also add purple, yellow, green, red … from leaves or materials taken from the mountains.
Sticky rice is soaked for 6-8 hours before dinner. The characteristic purple-pink color of this sticky rice dish is obtained from the leaves of a plant called kumquat tree, the red color is made from the feathery rice tree, the yellow color of turmeric, and the green color of ginger leaves. Cooked upland glutinous rice has the aroma of leaves and seeds, looks both beautiful and delicious.