5 yummy rice dishes in Vietnamese cuisine

As you know, Vietnam is famous as a country which export rice a lot in the world, and it’s easy to understand why almost Vietnamese food made of rice or vermicelli, throughout Vietnam, we can taste every specialty at each region, they bring their unique taste, and we can not miss 5 yummy food below.

Clay pot rice

clay-pot-rice-hanoi-specialty

According to Vietnamese culture, it is said that cooking rice in clay pot will be most delicious because the flavor you cook from other pots will never have as great as you cook in the earthenware pot.

Normally, the clay pot rice will be served with braised fish, eggplant with shrimp paste and Vietnamese crab soup with malabar nightshade. This is a Hanoi specialty that no traveler would miss because all Hanoi streets from the food stalls hidden in small alleys to fancy restaurants serve. Especially, at the local house next to Ba Dinh square, there is the lady who famous as a food expert able to cook this original food.
There are so many recipes to cook with rice, including clay pot rice in a Hanoi cooking class. If you like to cook, please join with us and have fun with that to have chance to discover Vietnamese cuisine through cooking with the lady Ms Hang.

Rice cracker – Ninh Binh

Rice-cracker– Ninh-Binh

Legendarily, Ninh Binh rice cracker has been cooked for more than 100 years (from the late 19th century), by a male named Hoang Thang, who learned from Chinese dish, and then opened a lot of restaurants in Ninh Binh and Hanoi to sell. Since then, the rice cracker is passed on and developed into a specialty of Ninh Binh.

To make this kind of rice more delicious and crunchy, locals will use the cast iron pot to cook glutinous rice on charcoal. The rice cracker is taken from the bottom of pot to dry from 2 to 3 days. It needs to be stored in the dry place to avoid mold. You have to eat this dish right after it is fried because if after frying, you let it until the other day, its taste is no longer delicious for you to enjoy.
You can eat rice cracker with beef, pork heart or kidney stir fried with onion, mushroom, carrot and tomato.

Coconut rice – Ben Tre

Coconut-rice-Ben-Tre

Ben Tre is not only famous for coconut candy and coconut wine but also coconut rice. With the clever hands of locals, this simple dish becomes a specialty worthy to try. It takes nearly 2 hours to cook the coconut rice.

The coconut will be cut the top horizontally and take out the water. Use that top cut as the lid. Rice will be washed by warm water and the last wash is by coconut juice. Then, let it dry. Its taste is typically sweet because the rice is cooked in a bain-marie with coconut juice. You should the dish when it is still hot.
The interesting thing is that the rice will be put inside the coconut, not in a bowl. So, you can feel its typical taste clearly.
It sounds quite difficult to cook at first, but its recipe turns out to be easy for you to follow. In Hanoi cooking class, you can both enjoy cooking this dish and having great time with us.

Bamboo-tube rice

Bamboo-tube rice

It is a kind of sticky rice with other ingredients, put in a bamboo tube and grilled on the stove. When eating, split the black part outside the tube. Bamboo-tube rice is very delicious with different flavor from normal steamed rice and typical aroma of bamboo.

Dipping the bamboo-tube rice with sesame salt or grinded peanut salt will make you more appetite. Bamboo-tube rice is the specialty of ethnic groups in Tay Nguyen and the Northwest of Vietnam.

Com Ni

com-ni-dish-of-Cham-people

Com Ni is a traditional dish of Cham people in Chau Giang, An Giang. Com Ni is often cooked with milk and sometimes dried grapefruit, depending on each person’s taste. Cham people eat this kind of rice with “Ca pua” (made from beef). These two dishes served together will create the unique flavor to enjoy.

This rice has the fat sweetness of milk, the buttery taste of peanut, salty sweetness of beef with spicy taste of chili and sweet taste of dried grapefruit. All bring you feeling of good appetite, strange but so delicious.