Five-color Sticky Rice – The Symbol of The Harmony from Northwest Nature

Post by: Admin - Posted at: November 14, 2018

Five-color Sticky Rice has been known as the culinary specialties of of almost all ethnic minorities in the mountainous regions of Northern Vietnam for a long time.
Five-color Sticky Rice
Five-color Sticky Rice
The name of the dish comes from its eye-catching appearance with five vibrant colors. Five-colors sticky rice is a typical dish of the Tay in Tuyen Quang often made during the holidays of worship. On the festival days or other special occasion, women find the leaves which produce different colors to make this traditional and interesting cuisine.
Five-color Sticky Rice is also used with sesame
Five-color Sticky Rice is also used with sesame

How to make Five-color Sticky Rice ?

 five colors represent the five elements of life
Five colors represent the five elements of life
The steam sticky rice is made of glutinous rice, very fragrant and has five colors represent the five elements of life in the Vietnameses’ belief: white, yellow, blue, red, purple; representing Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth. The thing that creates the color of the rice is not chemical substance but the natural leaves. Thus, in order to make the desired color, they have to find and gather the exact leaves. These leaves are then boiled before being put in a huge bowl with rice to create different colors.
Five-color Sticky Rice
Five-color Sticky Rice
The red from red rice leaves
Five-color Sticky Rice
The purple from violet rice.
In the past, the women had to go to the forest to look for them. The white sticky rice is made from ordinary sticky rice, the red from red rice leaves, the green from ginger leaves, turmeric leaves, the yellow from turmeric, the purple from violet rice.
Five-color Sticky Rice
Luckily, nowadays, five-color sticky rice has become not only a traditional cuisine but also a delicious speciality that travelers from everywhere love. As a result, people decided to grow the trees right in their home garden and then sell the leaves at the market. These naturally colorful leaves will then be used to make the wonderful sticky rice that enchants everyone. In addition, an indispensable ingredient is a fragrant forest flower is very special for this dish. This flower blooms only once in the February of lunar calendar, so the Tay people usually pick and dry them, then use throughout the year.
Five-color Sticky Rice
Tay people also use a special type of sticky autoclave made from wood. When making sticky rice, people often add some white liquor and place it in the autoclave, until the fragrant rice is cooked.
Five-color Sticky Rice
It seams easy to say. But how to make, what exactly time to create fragrance and how many leaves possible to produce the color. It is an secret art that only Tay people know.

Five-color Sticky Rice

Where to eat?

Five-color Sticky Rice
An eye-catching appearance with five vibrant colors
Found in most restaurants in Vietnam. But you should go to Tuyen Quang province, where almost the Tay ethnic group living, or Northwest regions of Vietnam to enjoy this food in nature. What an amazing feeling!!! You should go in the special festivals of Tay ehnic group. Almost all tourists are drawn by its irresistible attraction, an eye-catching appearance with five vibrant colors. And after the first try, travellers are definitely charmed by its sticky, sweet and elegant flavor.
Five-color Sticky Rice
Please do not hesitate to try this delicious and healthy dish if you have an occasion to Northwest regions Vietnam!
Five-color Sticky Rice

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Post by: Admin - Posted at: November 14, 2018

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