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Enjoy Com Lam in Mai Chau

Sticky rice in bamboo tubes of mountainous people

Travelers who used to be in Mai Chau will not forget the image of local women sitting along the streets in villages selling bamboo-tube containing rice inside. That specialties is called Com Lam in Vietnamese, a favorite dish of mountainous province of Mai Chau.

Once trying a tube of Com Lam, it is difficult for tourists to not buy more. So what makes this cuisine strongly loved in Mai Chau, the following will tell you. North vietnam tours

The story of Com Lam

The mountainous people basically live on forest. With the nomadic life, they move mountains to mountains for farming and livestock breeding. Their temporary life is so difficult and lack of such necessary stuff as pot, bowl and etc., leading to the demand of cooking without these essential items. Thus, mountainous people thought of grilling bamboo containing rice, which is extremely convenient way to make delicious meals in difficult conditions.

Sticky rice in bamboo tubes of mountainous people

Sticky rice in bamboo tubes of mountainous people -source: internet

The special come from natural materials

The word “com” in Vietnamese means cooked rice and “lam” in the language of Thai minority group in Vietnam means grill. So it can be easily figured out that the main ingredient of Com Lam is rice grilled to ripe. But this special kind of glutinous rice to make Com Lam can only found in upland paddy fields of Mai Chau. The containers of sticky-rice are bamboo tubes from the forest nearby. The tubes are small and thick enough for the rice inside to ripe after grilled.

Bamboo tubes are cleaned and filled with rice

Bamboo tubes are cleaned and filled with rice -source: internet

The rice is soaked in hours, then washed and put into these same-size small bamboo tubes. A banana leaf is usually rolled and put inside the tube before rice are put into. In the true version of Com Lam, no other spices are included. Tubes are then blocked in one end and added with water to a certain level.

Burnt covers are removed to take the white tubes of sticky rice

Burnt covers are removed to take the white tubes of sticky rice -source: internet

Wood stove is prepared with iron furnace grill upon. These bamboo tubes are grilled until the covers get burnt and no water leak. This is not an easy task as the maker has to continuously turn tubes for about an hour so that the rice inside equally cooked. adventure Indochina travel

Inside a tube of Com Lam

Inside a tube of Com Lam-source: internet

Enjoy Com Lam as a local in Mai Chau

Com Lam will have a good aroma of the combination of rice, banana leaves and bamboo. Burnt tubes are removed to take the “sticky tube” rice inside. Then peeling the banana cover and you will have super delicious dish! Local people usually eat Com Lam with sesame salt. Besides, the dish is also best served with grilled meat or chicken and beer!

Com Lam is usually served with grilled pork

Com Lam is usually served with grilled pork

Nowadays, Com Lam is not only a mountainous specialty of Mai Chau but also a strongly favored dish in many restaurants. People start to change the inside by mixing rice with beans or using the black glutinous rice. But walking along small villages in Mai Chau and buying tubes of Com Lam from the local friendly women who always give tourists their brightest smile are fun experiences. So why don’t you spend time visiting Mai Chau to enjoy Com Lam as a local.

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