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Famous dishes in Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai is a highland district in the north of Vietnam, Mu Cang Chai has many beautiful sights, unique traditional festivals and delicious food. Coming to Mu Cang Chai, tourists will feel peaceful in the mountains, streams and beautiful terraced fields. Do not forget to enjoy the famous food at Mu Cang Chai

Tu Le sticky rices

According to legend, many centuries ago, the King of heaven sent the fairies to bring glutinous rice to the earth, choose a land and grow it for people. The fairies traveled throughout the Northwest, to the mountain of Khau Pa, they saw a flat valley, spacious and beautiful, fresh plants, the fairies landed, use the land of Pha village now where the seedlings are planted from the sky.

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A few months later, the ear of corns appeared with golden seeds, cooked into a delicious and scented aroma sticky rice. So, the fairies decided to hand over to the Thai people here this type of rare glutinous rice. From Pha village, through many generation, the indigenous people continue to cultivate that kind of rice, spreading to the area of ​​Tu Le and Van Chan areas. People in here called this type of rice is Tu Le rice.

 Green sticky rices

Tu Le Commune, Van Chan District (Yen Bai Province) has long been famous for its round, white in color glutinous rice. This type of sticky rice has a special taste, but when making sticky rice, it has a sweet taste.

In order, to make the green sticky rice still retain the flavor of the sweet, fragrant, full of charm features of the Yen Bai highland. When making green sticky rice, the Thai people here have been very elaborate. When the rice tops, raw milk is also the time to harvest to make green sticky rice.

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Rice to make green sticky rice are not tormented or beaten but must be plucked, ready to put straw and grains of wheat, water and then put in roasting pan. Stoves for roasting usually have coal ash but do not burn coal instead of it, using firewood. Roasted rice is usually cast iron, so each grain of sticky rice when roasted will not burn but soft and delicious. The pan is roasted in small flames, so it is constantly hot. When roasting rice finished, waiting to cool each batch then put into the mortar.

Salmon in Mu Cang Chai

From the foot of Khau Pha pass on the side of Tu Le about 7km will go to Khau Pha restaurant area, this is also one of the large Salmon farming in the North, the number of fish farming here is up to 10,000. Salmon is fully imported and adopted according to European technology. Many delicious dishes from Salmon (or Sturgeon) are processed here to serve tourists, if going by groups, you can it in hotpot for lunch.

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Grasshoppers are available all year round, but are most abundant in the harvest season, around May and September. In the season, grasshoppers are always aromatic, which is attractive when coming to Mu Cang Chai.

Mu Cang Chai is also a good source of Roasted Crab with Salt, but not always available and depending on your time at Mu Cang Chai. You should call for booking in restaurants, eateries because the delegation often go around photographing before and then back to Mu Cang Chai Town late for resting so maybe nothing left to eat.

Son Tra trees in Mu Cang Chai

In Yen Bai, Son Tra trees are found in the mountainous areas of the western part of the province, mainly in Mu Cang Chai, Tram Tau and Van Chan districts where there is a special temperature, hot and influence of Hot and dry westerly wind (from Laos to Central Vietnam) in summer and cold wind from high land mountain in area.

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After harvesting, clean the shell so that the fragrance does not lose its flavor, cut off the intestines, cut in horizontally, dry it, then cook with sugar, then dry again, if you want to paint Pung people are often grinded ginger and cooked together will be a special, very attractive autumn fruit used in the winter months and during the Lunar New Year.




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