You must definitely eat all the specialties of the Northeast when traveling to Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Thai Nguyen, etc. to see how delicious the northern mountainous cuisine of our country is.
Super delicious Northeast specialties that you should try
1. Chongqing chestnuts
One of the specialties of the Northeast that visitors love when they have the opportunity to return to Cao Bang is Trung Khanh chestnuts. This is a famous chestnut with a large, round and beautiful brown color, suitable for roasting, drying, boiling or even cooking stewed soups.
Chongqing chestnuts are big and round, more delicious than Chinese chestnuts. Photo: @lientran112
Compared with chestnuts from other regions, chestnuts in Trung Khanh district , Cao Bang province have better quality and better taste. When alive, the outside of the chestnut has a rough, green and thorny shell like a rambutan. In the autumn from September to October is the time when Cao Bang people harvest chestnuts. Coming here this season, you can enjoy delicious and attractive chestnuts.
There are many chestnut growing areas in Chongqing. Photo: @tieman.chick
Cao Bang chestnuts are bigger and tastier than Chinese chestnuts, so the price is twice as high and usually only available in the fall. Here, you can buy ready-made chestnuts, usually very delicious roasted or roasted chestnuts. If you buy it to save food, you can choose to cook soup, bone stew which is very good for health.
2. Roast duck 7 flavors
Traveling to Cao Bang , in addition to chestnuts, you remember to enjoy duck through 7 specialties of this locality. It is also a roast duck, but Cao Bang people make this dish more elaborate, mainly in the stage of marinating spices. This roast duck is a delicious dish of the Tay people, marinated with 7 different spices such as fish sauce, salt, etc. to make the meat more evenly absorbed, richer and softer.
Cao Bang has the famous 7 flavors roasted duck. Photo: @bachuaviahe
This roasted duck dish is considered a “top of the chop” delicacy that everyone who eats is fascinated. After marinating, the duck meat will be cooked evenly, the outer skin is covered with the color of cockroach wings, and the glossy fat layer is very beautiful. The duck meat inside is just cooked, soft and sweet. Ducks brought out of the oven turned up to an extremely passionate and seductive aroma.
Roast duck with 7 flavors with attractive golden crust. Photo: VnExpress
In Cao Bang, this 7-flavoured roast duck is made a lot on holidays, parties, and is elaborately processed. The finished roast duck is usually eaten with vermicelli, rice paper, sticky rice mannequin and herbs. In addition, eating duck with 7 flavors with a glass of warm corn wine is nothing more wonderful.
3. Sour noodle soup
Sour Pho is also one of the specialties of the Northeast that tourists like very much, widely sold in the provinces of Lang Son, Cao Bang, and Ha Giang. This noodle dish originated from China with a sour and sour taste, different from the traditional Vietnamese pho. Sour Pho is suitable for eating in the summer, but now when you come to the Northeast, you can eat this pho every season of the year.
Sour Pho is a delicious dish that is abundant in Lang Son, Cao Bang. Photo: @monngondiemdep
In terms of form, sour pho is completely different from the traditional Vietnamese noodle soup. The sour noodle soup is tougher, mixed with char siu, sliced potatoes, pork liver, duck meat, thinly sliced sausages, dried onions, roasted peanuts, herbs, and cucumbers. Sour pho is eaten with the same sauce made from many spices, viscous and has a very characteristic sour taste.
Sour Pho is a very attractive sweet and sour noodle soup. Photo: @louisduytran
In each locality, sour pho is modified to suit the taste of local residents. This dish is also served with pork belly, pork skin, and a little fresh chili to make the pho have all the flavors of sour, spicy, salty and sweet. Usually, served with sour pho is a very fragrant and attractive duck broth.
4. Huu Lung grilled spring rolls
Lang Son is a beautiful destination in the Northeast with beautiful natural scenery, rocky mountains, lakes, and green grasslands. In addition, people also love Lang because this place has a very delicious and famous specialty of Huu Lung grilled spring rolls. Grilled spring rolls with a characteristic sour and sour flavor, with a little sweet and fat, create an attractive dish, once you eat it, you will be addicted.
Huu Lung, Lang Son region has attractive grilled spring rolls. Photo: @thanhtuyen_0310
The ingredients for making Huu Lung spring rolls are also quite simple, with pork, pork skin, hearing and spices mixed well. Nem is wrapped in banana leaves and grilled on charcoal until the layer of leaves is scorched, then the spring rolls inside are also cooked. Nem after being cooked is laid out on a plate, served with vegetables and dipping sauce.
This grilled spring roll needs to be fried or grilled before eating. Photo: Thanh Nien
Grilled spring rolls are considered delicious and must give off a strong aroma and sour smell of fermented meat. When eating, you must feel the rich taste of meat and pork skin with spicy dipping sauce. These grilled spring rolls must be eaten with the buds of the new cloves to be delicious and “in tune”.
5. Dai Tu sour spring rolls
If Lang Son has Huu Lung grilled spring rolls, Thai Nguyen has Dai Tu sour spring rolls. This is also a specialty of the Northeast that tourists love when coming to Thai Nguyen. Nem chua is made from lean meat, pepper, garlic, alcohol, and has guava leaves to increase the rich flavor of the dish.
Dai Tu Thai Nguyen has very delicious and famous spring rolls. Photo: Viet Entertainment
The above ingredients are processed, mixed with the appropriate ratio, then wrapped in banana leaves and left for a few days to enjoy. Dai Tu spring rolls when eaten are often lightly fried or lightly grilled on charcoal before enjoying. When eating, you will feel more fully the fleshy and sweet meat that melts in your mouth.
6. Ha Giang brocade porridge
In the Northeast of our country, there is a special dish called au Tau porridge. This is a kind of porridge cooked from rice and au tau tubers with a fleshy, aromatic but also quite bitter taste. This porridge is abundant in Ha Giang and Cao Bang provinces. Although the first impression is a bit bitter, but if anyone eats it, they will find this porridge delicious.
Traveling to the Northeast, you should remember to enjoy au Tau porridge. Photo: @beanie.vivi
Cuu Tau is considered a medicinal herb with good health, thanks to its hot and spicy taste, it can be used to cure diseases. Therefore, locals often cook this porridge to relieve colds, adding some other additives and spices to make the porridge more delicious. On cold winter days, eating hot porridge is a wonderful experience.
7. Bac Kan grilled fish
Grilled fish is a dish that can be found everywhere, but did you know that fish caught from Ba Be Lake , grilled and enjoyed while still hot is a specialty of Bac Kan province? The grilled fish dish is simple, but dipping it with salt and chili, chili sauce, and drinking a piece of spicy corn wine is really nothing better.
In Bac Kan, there is a very delicious grilled fish dish. Photo: Check in Travel
In Ba Be Lake, people often catch fish by hand and process it right after catching, so the fish is always fresh. Grilled fish is fragrant, soft sweet fish meat melts in the mouth, add a little fish sauce, rich salt to create a very unique soul for Bac Kan cuisine. So if you have the opportunity to travel here, remember to eat grilled fish to feel the attractiveness of the delicious dishes of the Northeast region of our country.
Fish are caught from Ba Be Lake. Photo: digiticket
There are many specialties of the Northeast that visitors should try once to see that Vietnamese cuisine is really rich and diverse. Each dish associated with a locality is the quintessential way of processing and enjoying, leaving a lot of beautiful feelings for visitors to the Northeast.
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