Coming to Mai Chau, Hoa Binh sitting around the fireplace in the middle of the house and enjoying Purple Steamed Glutinous Rice are so pleasant.
How to make it
The dish requires some special ingredients, including the variety of glutinous rice which is only grown in terraced-fieldsin Mai Chau and magenta leaves which are available in forests in Hoa Binh. To prepare the dish, the magenta leaves need to be cleaned before being boiled with water and a dash of salt to make the purple water. Soak sticky rice into the prepared water until they have a purple colour and then steam them until well-done. This dish is more delicious when it is served with grilled chicken which is also prepared in a different way.
The ingredients consist of chicken, wild pepper, glutinous rice of Mai Chau and magenta leaves. Chicken is mixed with wild pepper before being grilled over a charcoal fire until it turns brown.
The Thai people use a special wild pepper, called “Mac ken” to mix with the chicken for a few hours before grilling it over a low charcoal fire. When the chicken is well-done, it has a specific flavor of smoked wild peppers and its meat is tender and succulent.
According to Ha Van Minh, the owner of a stilt house in Lac Hamlet, it is a traditional dish of the Thai ethnic people to offer to the Kitchen Gods. Since the locals have participated in developing community tourism, the dish is introduced to tourists as a delicacy of the region.
Purple Steamed Glutinous Rice will make ones never forget when leaving this place, or they will come back sometimes to rediscover oneself.