Served year round, sticky rice is especially popular during cold weather. We present some favorite varieties
Xôi xéo (Green bean sticky rice)
As well as being delicious, this treat is attractive, mixing various shades of yellow. To make perfect xôi xéo, the cook selects quality glutinous rice, soaks it and filters it. The topping is comprised of fried onions, scrubbed green beans and chicken fat. The onions are fried in chicken fat until golden and crispy. The green beans are nutritious, filling and buttery. Before serving, the cook adds another dollop of chicken fat to make the rice softer and chewier. This dish is especially popular at breakfast.
Xoi gac (Sticky rice with gac fruit)
A symbol of good luck, sticky rice with gac fruit has a wonderful bright orange-red colour thanks to the minced flesh of the gac fruit, a type of gourd. This dish is typically served during the Tet holidays and prepared for rituals. No party to mark the end of the Lunar New Year is complete without a plate of red xoi gac. As well as being eye-catching, this dish is packed with Vitamin A. Gac seeds are soaked in white wine and mixed with glutinous rice to add colour and fragrance to the glutinous rice. Sugar is added to give the rice a mildly sweet flavor. Many families also add copra and coconut juice to make the sticky rice richer. Some cooks scatter on green beans to make this dish even more colorful.
Xôi săn (Cassava sticky rice)
On chilly days in northern Vietnam, one still can hear the echoing cries of xoi san vendors. A typical food of the rural north, this dish is made of fine glutinous rice mixed with fresh cassava chopped into wedges. It can be served with sesame seeds or with Chinese sausages. In many regions, cassava sticky rice is mixed with deep fried onions and a little bit of grease.
Southern Street Food
Apart from Hanoi cuisine that you may enjoy its taste, the owner of Hen restaurant wants to introduce typical southern Vietnamese street food to Hanoians. Here, Diners will find simple but delicious fare like oysters, shellfish, burnt rice and hot pots that bring the breezy, sunny atmosphere of the South to Hanoi. Dishes to try include Continue reading “Vietnamese Sticky Rice and Southern street food” »