The tuber, also known as the head and father, is known as a poisonous tuber that grows in the high mountains with a cold climate. However, it has a pungent taste and is often used to treat aches and pains or soak in rubbing alcohol. For the H’mong people, tubers have been used as an ingredient to cook porridge to relieve colds since ancient times. If you come to Ha Giang these days, you will definitely have to try this “unique” but extremely special dish.
To be able to cook a pot of au Tau porridge requires a lot of time and meticulous process. Because the tuber is a tuber with great poison, according to the natives, using this tuber directly can lead to death, so when cooking this porridge, the cook must be very careful. Usually to cook this porridge, people will need to cook it in a rice cooker for 12 to 13 hours to be able to remove the poison in the tubers.
After removing all the toxins in the au tau, the cook will combine the au tau tuber with some other ingredients such as rice, pork leg, spices… At this time, the au tau tuber has been simmered, softened, and finished. viscous substance. The type of rice chosen to cook au tau porridge will be yellow-flowered glutinous rice mixed with fragrant glutinous rice that has been soaked and pounded. Then bring the pot to a puree in the broth of stewed pork leg and seasoning to taste.
Au Tau porridge is famous for its bitter taste in the throat, if you eat the first piece, you will surely have to wince, but when you get used to it, this is definitely an addictive dish and makes you “remembered” ” a lot of. Blended with the fleshy taste of rice, the greasy taste of meat and a little spice, the bowl of au Tau porridge leaves a deep impression on those who have had the opportunity to try it. In addition, when enjoying au Tau porridge in Ha Giang, you can eat it with pickled bamboo shoots or add raw eggs to the porridge while the porridge is still hot to feel all the specialness of the porridge.
Ha Giang people often eat au Tau porridge in the evening because they believe that after eating a bowl of hot au Tau porridge, you will sleep very well and have a healthy body. Especially on cold winter nights here, sitting next to a bowl of hot au tau porridge is an unforgettable experience for you.