Vietnamese young rice flakes
Vietnam is full of rice and glutinous rice fields from North to South. Glutinous rice has played an important part in Vietnamese cuisine. Vietnamese people have created delicious enormous delicious foods and drinks from glutinous rice such as Steamed glutinous rice, Sweet soup with glutinous rice and glutinous rice wine… Young rice flakes or Com is an authentic Vietnamese food from glutinous rice. Vong village in Hanoi and Tra Vinh province are famous for the best young rice flakes.
Vietnamese Young rice flakes from Vong village is the essence of splendid Hanoi capital for its amazing taste, great smell cultural meaning. Vong young rice flakes is a favorite gift that mothers and grandmothers buy from local market every morning in the past. Fragrant and chewy rice flakes wrapped in lotus leaves is one of the most beautiful part of Hanoi people’s memory.
Thousands of years ago, it rained heavily, the wind blew strongly, banks were broken and glutinous rice fields were flooded in autumn. So that people at Vong village had nothing to eat, they must harvest young glutinous rice, toasted and grind them to eat. They also use natural food color to make the flakes green and more delicious. The recipe has been better throughout the years. The flakes has become thinner, stickier, more smelling and greener. Vong young rice flakes has been offered to kings and lords. Until today, it’s more and more famous around the country and the world.
At Vong village, they use new golden glutinous rice harvested in autumn to make young rice flakes. To make sure Com has the best taste and smell, they make Com right after harvesting glutinous rice. Vong people toast rice in big pan over wood fire. The cook must stir the rice continuously. Then strong people grind toasted glutinous rice to separate rice from hulls and make rice flat. Lastly, Vong people use juice of canna leaves and young green rice leaves to color young rice flakes. That’s why Com made at Vong village has a natural green color.
In North Vietnam, Com and banana are a perfect couple eaten as snack. Com is usually eaten with persimmon or used to cook Sweet soup with young rice flakes, Stir-fried young rice flakes. This food is ingredient to cook crispy deep-fried shrimp, fish and meat. Originated thousands of years ago, Com from Vong village is not only a food but also the soul of Hanoi as well as Vietnam. If you have chance to visit old Hanoi, do not miss tasting exotic foods from young rice flakes to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine and culture.
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