Explore Ha Giang cuisine with irresistible dishes

16-Sep-2019

Besides its magnificent scenery, Ha Giang is also well-known for its unique dishes.  Let’s explore this unique food culture with JTA tours!

Ha Giang is not only famous for its gorgeous landscapes, typical habits and diversified customs, but also for its colorful food specialties. Once coming to Ha Giang, you must try these delicious dishes below:

Ha Giang cuisine

Smoked buffalo – The more you eat, the more you love.

Smoked buffalo is a popular food in the Northern mountainous area (Ha Giang specifically). It is often purchased as a gift because of its remarkable and distinctive flavor. It is made from buffalo meat marinated with chilly, ginger and special spices. After seasoning, the meat is put in a stick and placed above the oven. When the meat is dry, it tastes like dried beef but with a stronger flavor.

Ha Giang cuisine

Thắng dền - warmth on freezing days

Thắng dền is a special snack in Ha Giang made from sticky rice. It looks somewhat like bánh trôi tàu but smaller. The rice is rolled into small round balls with or without bean dumplings.  It is boiled and then served with peanuts and syrup made from sugar, coconut and ginger. Enjoying the dish on a chilly day gives a pleasant feel of warmth. It is the taste that lingers in the mind even long after the experience.

Ha Giang cuisine

Thắng cố - the unique feature of Ha Giang’s cuisine

In Ha Giang, eating thắng cố is a must-try for tourists! The main ingredients for this dish are pork or horse’s meat and internal organs. After being stir-fried, it will be stewed for hours with local spices.

Once passed through Dong Van market, you can definitely smell the spices of this dish. Whenever you see H’Mong men sitting with a few bottles of corn alcohol, you can be sure that there is thang co on the table - which might have become a tradition here!

Ha Giang cuisine

Rainbow sticky rice - indispensable dish

Rainbow sticky rice can easily be found in markets in Ha Giang. There is nothing like waking up to have a delicious and savory plate of rainbow sticky rice in the morning. 

It is called Rainbow because of the five colours of the rice: red for gac sticky rice, white for normal sticky rice, green for ginger leaves, purple for black cơm leaves and yellow for turmeric- all natural ingredients! This is also one of the indispensable dishes in the ceremonies of the local people.

Ha Giang cuisine

Au Tau (Aconitum) porridge- the signature soup of Ha Giang

Au Tau porridge is a dish made from aconitum, which is really poisonous. However the Au tau porridge is very healthy and it can even help cure illnesses. It is H’Mong people’s food which is known to be able to cure flu and this dish is loved by many tourists. Being made from rice, minced pork, broth and herb, au tau porridge has the nutty and savory flavor from aconitum with the spices. The porridge has a bitter flavor but once you get used to that flavor, you can never forget the distinctive taste of this porridge, a traditional food in Ha Giang.

Ha Giang cuisine

Đồng Văn steamed rolled rice pancake- soft, savory, delicious!

The amazing taste of rolled rice pancake with pork filling definitely will be the highlight of the trip! The steamed rolled rice pancake, so-called bánh cuốn, here is much more tender than elsewhere. 

In addition to normal steamed rolled rice pancake, the special edition with egg is also a must-try: a combination of soft rice dough with savory egg. It is a pleasure to enjoy the steamed rolled rice pancake with steamed source and giò (meat pie) on a breezy day.

Ha Giang cuisine

Buckwheat cake- the taste of greenery

Tourists to Ha Giang in the buckwheat season would probably try this special dish in the area. The main ingredient is the dough made from the seeds of buckwheat flower. It is not hard to find this cake- a masterpiece with soft texture and sweet, nutty taste- in markets in Ha Giang.

Ha Giang cuisine

Let’s invite your squad on a trip to Ha Giang now to explore its colorful cuisine!

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