Fascinated with the strange mountain flavor in Cao Bang specialty sticky rice

Besides the majestic Ban Gioc waterfall, the historical Pac Bo relic or the dreamy Thang Hen lake… Cao Bang is also attracted by the diverse and unique local cuisine.

With the gifts from the rustic and simple nature, the skillful hands of the people here have created countless delicious and attractive specialty dishes. Sticky sticky rice is one of the outstanding names that cannot be ignored.

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Cao Bang sticky rice was announced by the Vietnam Record Association – Vietnam Record Organization in the list of top 100 typical dishes and specialties of Vietnam. (Photo: supportcongdulich)

Not fussy or containing many ingredients like salty sticky rice in Saigon or sticky rice in Hanoi, Cao Bang sticky rice with simple ingredients but bold flavor of the mountains still has an irresistible attraction for tourists.

Sticky rice and black filling are the two most important ingredients to make sticky rice filling. Although encapsulated in terms of ingredients, the process of making a delicious pot of sticky rice with the right taste is not simple.

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Blackcurrants are rich in nutrients. (Photo: the_anh_hoang)

The fresh fillings are boiled in a pot half full of water over low heat. Stir well in the pot of water until the water is hot, then turn off the heat to incubate for about 30 minutes. Filling after braise is soft and ripe, it will be split in half to get the pulp and remove the seeds.

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When cooked slowly, the essential oil blends into the sticky rice, creating a very pleasant aroma. (Photo: Be Hau)

To have delicious sticky rice filling, the selected sticky rice must be the right seasoned sticky rice. Glutinous rice is soaked in water for 8-10 hours, then washed, put in a mixing bowl with fillings, mixed with a little salt to make sticky rice longer and more flavorful and cooked with low heat.

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The beautiful purple-pink color of sticky rice fillings. (Photo: anngon_macdep)

After 30 minutes, open the lid, the aroma of ripe glutinous rice and plastic fillings fills the air, signaling that an attractive pot of sticky rice has been completed. The finished product is fragrant, non-sticky and has a beautiful pink purple color.

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Sticky rice fillings are rustic but equally delicious. (Photo: supportcongdulich)

Sticky fillings can be served with black sesame salt or Cao Bang sausage. The sweetness of glutinous rice mixed with the natural plumpness of the filling creates an interesting culinary combination that can be eaten forever without getting bored. Above all, the characteristic aroma of fillings faintly emanating from the still-hot sticky rice with smoke, adds to the attractiveness of the specialty food of Cao Bang.

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Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy Cao Bang sticky rice when you have the opportunity to visit this beautiful land! (Photo: bagiahamchoi)

For the people here, sticky rice filling is a traditional dish that can appear in an idyllic breakfast, gradually spreading out in restaurants, eateries, festivals and cozy family trays. As for visitors who have the opportunity to try this specialty dish, this is a unique and unforgettable culinary experience in their journey to discover the beautiful Northeast of the country.

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