Bac Ha plum
Tam Hoa plum is a specialty fruit that only grows and develops in the Bac Ha plateau (Lao Cai), at an altitude of 900m above sea level. From the first lunar month, the whole Bac Ha valley blooms with white plum blossoms.
Come to Bac Ha in the plum season in June, which is the full ripening time of Tam Hoa plums, which usually lasts until mid-July every year. When coming here, visitors can come to the garden to choose delicious plums to enjoy and quickly bring back as gifts
Reference price: At the beginning of the season, the selling price is 20.000-30.000 VND/kg, but in the main season, the wholesale price at the garden is only 5.000-7.000 VND/kg.
Bac Ha bird’s foot mushroom
Bird’s foot mushroom also known as split schist – a unique product only found in Bac Ha (Lao Cai) so it is very difficult to find in other regions. Mushrooms not only have high nutritional value but are also a valuable medicinal herb. The appearance of mushrooms is quite easy to recognize in that they have no stalk, fan-shaped hat – mussel shell, have a smooth gray-white hair cover, the edge of the hat is slightly rolled inward. Mushroom flesh is white, the underside is the mushroom plate, when young it is white, when it is old, it turns pink. In addition to high nutritional value, mushrooms are delicious because of their special sweet aroma.
Mushrooms are kept in baskets or displayed on cloths, spread on the grass, and are sold at very affordable prices. Compared to green vegetables at the market, crow’s feet are always sold out the fastest. People often buy mushrooms to stir-fry or cook soup with meat. My favorite is eating mushroom soup cooked with lean pork, sipping a bowl of warm soup on a chilly evening in the highlands makes me feel more relaxed. If you have the opportunity to return to Lao Cai, do not forget to go to the Bac Ha highland market to buy special bird’s feet mushrooms only in this border area as gifts for your loved ones and prepare your favorite dishes.
If you visit Sapa in the summer and visit Bac Ha market, remember to buy some bird’s foot mushroom come as a gift.
Pig “stealing armpit”
Pig “stealing armpit” a special and strange name when you come to this land. The reason it has this name because these pigs are very small, adults only weigh 4-5 kg. Sellers and buyers just need to “steal the armpit” and take it away. These pigs are released naturally, it forage on its own, so it has good adaptability to the environment, high resistance and firm meat.
Usually pigs are raised for free for about 1 year. Pig steals armpit cooked by the chef into a variety of attractive and diverse dishes such as grilled, sautéed, steamed… To get the perfect pork armpit dish, it is indispensable to have coriander leaves and doi seeds or shovel seeds.
Reference price: Ranges from 100.000 VND – 120.000 VND/kg of live hog.
Buffalo meat in the kitchen
Buffalo meat in the kitchen is a unique dish of the Northwest, especially in the culinary culture of the Black Thai people. This meat dish is usually made from the corn of domestic buffaloes and cows roaming the Northwest mountains. When making, people remove the meat fibers into lead-style pieces and cut them along the grain, then marinated with forest leaves and spices such as lemongrass, chili, ginger and cocoons – a type of wild pepper of Vietnam. ethnic minority people in the highlands, then skewered them into skewers, hung them high and used charcoal to cook the meat. With the finished buffalo meat, the smoke smell is almost still intact, but it is not unpleasant. This unique way of processing makes the meat more delicious and preserved for a longer time.
The dark red meat bar is dry on the outside, but the inside is sweet and soft and still retains the typical flavor of buffalo meat. Each fiber of meat over time becomes more and more rich, plus the spicy, aromatic taste of spices, mixed with the smell of braised smoke makes the dish even more special. When enjoying, you should lightly pound the buffalo meat to make it softer and then shred it like grilled squid, dipping it with a little spicy chili sauce to increase the flavor.
Today, when the level of cultural exchange between ethnic groups is growing, kitchen buffalo meat is not only limited to Thai meals but also follows guests from all over the world. You can find kitchen buffalo meat anywhere.
You can refer to some reputable kitchen stall selling addresses in Sapa, Lao Cai such as:
Youth Restaurant: No. 5 Fansipan, Sa Pa town, Sa Pa district, Lao Cai.
Hoang Minh Sapa Restaurant: No. 9 Xuan Vien, Sa Pa town, Sa Pa district, Lao Cai.
Nung Din ginger meat
Bac Ha market has many unique products of highland people, in which I am very impressed with the dish ginger meat of the Nung Din people. As the name suggests, this is a dish made with a lot of ginger, so it has a very distinctive aroma.
Every year, every Tet holiday, the Nung Din people slaughter pigs to welcome the spring. Every family prepares meat to prepare dishes for Tet. In addition to the meat dish, the Nung Din people also make ginger meat (also known as cracked birth in the Nung Din language). Ginger meat is simple, easy to prepare but contains very unique flavors.
Nung Din people usually eat this dish in two ways: Steamed or cooked. If steaming, add water, pepper, and herbs to make the dish more attractive. If cooking, add an amount of water corresponding to the amount of cooked food, add spices, pepper or celery. If you can’t eat bones, you can mix rice with this gravy, which is also very delicious.
If you participate in Bac Ha market and these occasions, you will definitely enjoy steamed ginger meat dish leading and unique. Bac Ha market usually meets every Sunday from early morning until 2 pm.
Nung Din seven-color sticky rice
Coming to Lao Cai, you will easily see the baskets seven-color sticky rice fragrant and vibrant. The baskets of sticky rice look very eye-catching with many colorful colors but are made entirely of ingredients that are easy to find from plants and flowers. So, don’t hesitate to buy yourself a pack seven-color sticky rice to enjoy the simple taste of the highland people.
Seven-color sticky rice is a dish of the Nung Din people (Muong Khuong, Lao Cai). This dish was previously only available during Tet holidays. With culinary value with profound spiritual elements, each color of sticky rice is the color of a month in the war that took place from January to July of the past year.
The highlanders believe that banana green is the color of spring, crimson is a symbol of the blood of those who have heroically sacrificed here, yellow is the symbol of grief and separation, and bright red is the main color. is a symbol of the heroic victory of the Nung Din…
Now, seven-color sticky rice Widely sold to tourists in Sa Pa, you can easily find seven-color sticky rice and enjoy this unique “colorful work”. Seven-color sticky rice is often served with black sesame salt or “luxury” rather than with grilled wild chicken.
Seven-color sticky rice sold quite a lot at Bac Ha market and gathered into one area. Recognizing the sellers of sticky rice is quite simple because they always have 1 to 2 bags covered in front of them, one for sticky rice and the other for men men.
Unique bitter bamboo shoots
To make this spring rolls, people often take bitter bamboo shoots, boil them, and then peel off the soft and chewy banh mi leaves. Especially, bamboo shoots are used as ordinary spring rolls in fried spring rolls in the lowlands.
Multiplication of bitter bamboo shoots spring rolls Made from minced chicken. If you want to have delicious spring rolls, you must choose a type of chicken, the weight is not too big. Meat and bones are minced with palanquin, shallot leaves and spices such as pepper, fish sauce. All the fillings are wrapped in bitter bamboo shoots and fried until golden brown.
This specialty has long been processed only to serve traditional meals in the village. Nowadays, to promote this dish, many restaurants also have this dish on the menu. If you have the opportunity to come to Sapa, Lao Cai, this is a special dish you cannot ignore.
When it comes to Thang Co Everyone knows that this is the most traditional typical dish of the Mong and H’Mong people. Thang Co is cooked from beef, buffalo, pork and horse meat. But people here mainly cook with horse meat including internal organs such as intestines, heart, liver, blood, bones and meat. All the vegetables will be put in a pan of water and cooked until tender, which can be served with some vegetables to reduce the taste of the dish. When eating, the pan is still on the stove to cook, where to eat, scoop out the bowl to go there, it’s like eating hot pot.
This is a dish often made on festivals, swearing-in ceremonies to protect the forest, days with large crowds such as village festivals, clans, or markets.
Thang Co horse: 100.000 VND/bowl
Thang Co buffalo: 80.000 VND/bowl
Bac Ha Sour Pho
Sour Pho a famous type of pho in the Bac Ha highlands. To make sour pho, you need ingredients such as pickles; green vegetables (lettuce, basil) finely chopped; Crispy roasted sesame peanuts, pounded small; A little bean sprouts for extra flavor, and most importantly, noodles and broth. Sour water is made from soaking, mixing vegetables with sugar water and distilling sour water.
Before eating, you should add a little more salt because sour pho will be a bit pale compared to everyone’s general taste. Sour Pho must be eaten cold to taste delicious, so it is suitable to eat in the summer. When you come to Bac Ha in winter, you may have trouble finding this dish because many shops do not sell sour pho.
Try to enjoy the specialty Bac Ha sour noodle soup If you have the opportunity to stop in Lao Cai, everyone! It certainly won’t disappoint…!!!
Reference price: 20.000 VND/bowl
Pork It is a popular food and can be processed into many different dishes. Among the delicacies made from pork, salted pork hanging from the kitchen is one of the delicacies in the culinary list of the Lao Cai highlanders.
For a long time, pork has been known as a familiar rustic dish with Vietnamese people and also a food with the most ways to be processed into dishes. In the highlands of Sapa, there are dishes Salted bacon Very interesting, in addition to the fatty taste of meat, this dish also highlights the aroma of spices leaves.
When we eat, we have different sensations. There is the spicy taste of jasmine and chili, the aroma of cinnamon. Salted bacon Reduces fat and fat. When we eat, we can regain our sense of taste when we have eaten too many other foods without feeling good.
Salted bacon is a rustic dish of the people in the highlands, especially the Tay people in Bao Yen, the Dao people. You can enjoy this dish at Little Sapa 2 restaurant, address 38, Cau May, Sa Pa, Lao Cai.
Reference price: 120.000 VND – 170.000 VND/kg