Xoi - Sticky Rice in Hanoi
In the cool, gentle, clear and fine of early morning, slowly walking to enjoy the hobby of having breakfast snack on street pavements in Hanoi, perhaps nothing is more intriguing.
Stopping by the tree base at the beginning of the hamlet, beside the house in the street, receiving from the vendor a hot, buttery fragranced pack of sticky rice wrapped in a lotus leave, one feels warm inside of a quite strong home flavor.
The pack of sticky rice is so simple but when chewing a piece of sticky rice, one can sense alt tastes and smells: nutty, fatty, buttery, fragranced, sweet, viscous, being so delicious is so strange. Around the large basket of sticky rice, the diners sit right on the pavement some even stand leaning against the tree.
Sticky rice is eaten all year round, but most delicious is in the mornings of the days when It turns cold end of autumn, early winter. At that time we can feel all the delicious tastes of sticky rice. Hanoi capital in the time of international integration today there are so many attractive dishes with all tastes and sticky rice has all kinds, from 'trodden' sticky rice, peanut sticky rice, 'rubbed' sticky rice steamed momordica glutinous rice, com sticky rice and Chinese sausage sticky rice, pâté salted shredded meat sticky rice, white sticky rice eating together with meat. Sticky rice continues to hold the feet of the diners - from people with high income to people with average, modest income, it is like a delicious morning snack bringing by its side the warm home country fragrance.
Xoi Do – Green bean sticky rue
Xoi Lac – Peanut sticky rice
Xoi Gac – Steamed momordica glutinous rice
Xoi Xeo – 'Trodden' sticky rice
Xoi Com – Green Sticky Rice
Green sticky rice bears the typical fragrance of young rice and of lotus; the two specialties are only available in autumn. The vendors who sell this snack are very strange; they do not need to cry their wares; they only sit in a comer; however, customers flock to them, it may be assumed that if they forget to buy this snack for several times, they will not have a chance to enjoy this special kind of snack, because each year green sticky rice only appear once in Autumn.
If one wishes to eat delicious green sticky rice, they should choose the right a little bit well-do- ne wing of green sticky rice and only the green sticky rice from Vong village (Cau Giay, Hanoi) can produce such a fragranced viscous dish of sticky rice. In order to have viscous, soft, people in the profession have to harvest from the time the glutinous rice plants blossom flowers which still retain 'milk', it seems by that time, the 'milk' of the rice seeds has accumulated the quintessence of sky and earth thus the green sticky rice seeds are so sweet and soft.
These green sticky rice seeds through the skillful hands of old ladies and women becomes the fine but nutty, unforgettable green sticky rice dish. Steamed green sticky rice once eating is not as hard as the ordinary sticky rice seeds, fragranced of the young rice smell mixed with the light sweet taste of sugar, nutty of green beans, a little crunching of coconut threads. The color of green sticky rice is soft green, the scent of lotus is aromatic, the green sticky rice seeds are fully round, very fine when enjoying, and we can feel the soft sweetness of earth and sky, of the aromatic lotus wetland, of the soughing rice wave, of all the poetic beautiful autumn of Hanoi .