“Com Lam” – The Combination of Nature and Human
“Com Lam”, Vietnamese Sticky rice in the Bamboo tube – The Combination of Nature and Human
“Com Lam” – Vietnamese Sticky rice in Bamboo tube is a Vietnamese rice dish found by ethnic minorities in the Northwest Mountainous Area and Central Highlands. It may sound strange, but rice is simply it is like rice is cooked by the pot. However, the difference is the way of cooking rice in a bamboo tube instead of a pot, which attached to the mountainous ethnic minorities. This thing created a strange dish.
The origin of “Com Lam”
It originated when mountainous people would prepare for long journeys in the forest. They have utilized the bamboo tubes available in the jungle to cook the sticky rice which is grown on the hills. The bamboo tube always contain clear and clear water. Sticky rice is cleaned and soaked in water for hours, then put into a bamboo tube with some water. This combination of rice and fresh water of the forest will create a special taste of the wilderness.
For more delicouse taste, ethnic people usually use stream water and mix rice with some salt, sesame before, the bamboo tube will be covered up by banana leaves and roasted above hot fire. This process will be finished within about 40 minutes. So, your mission now is just taking a break, feeling the cool of wind, the warm of sunshine and sipping the bamboo water in the tube, enjoying a little sweet, cool, pure water of the forest’s flavor.
How to eat “Com Lam” like Vietnamese ?
When it is done, the singed skin of the bamboo is removed, leaving only one thin layer of bamboo inside. You also peeled away it when you eat. The rice’s color change to a little yellow. Now, it’s show time !!!! The blending fragrance of fresh bamboo, banana leave, and the sticky rice as well as experiencing the sweet flavor of rice, bamboo, and the greasy saltiness of sesame will create an unforgetable flavor for tourists.
“Com Lam” rice is often served with grilled chicken, grilled pork or especially with roasted sesame and salt. Chatting together with ethnic people, enjoying together a tube of “cơm lam”, a piece of fragrant grilled wild boar or grilled chicken taken with a sip of “ruou can” (“straw wine”), all certain to induce you to fall in love nature and local people here.
Nowadays, you can get Com Lam at many restaurants everywhere as in Ha Giang, Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Dien Bien, Lao Cai province or some provinces in Central Highlands as Pleiku, Kontum, Daklak,…
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