Deng đeng - a specialty of the Northwest

From delicious rice grains, talented chefs in different regions create sticky rice dishes with unique flavors. If anyone has ever had the opportunity to travel to the Northwest, surely must enjoy through the sticky rice dish. This dish has a unique shape and flavor.


If you have the opportunity to travel to the Northwest but do not enjoy the sticky rice dish, it is a waste  . It is an indispensable dish in festivals or important occasions of the Tay people such as Chinese New Year or wedding. This is also a symbol of the ingenuity of the Tay women expressed through the vibrant colors of sticky rice.

Unique dish

Because sticky rice is a unique dish because it is made from upland sticky rice. All the splendid colors of sticky rice are not created by the dignity but by the trees of the Northwest mountainous region. The Tày and Nung people in Cao Bằng mountainous area believe that Thanh Minh Tet cannot be without a thing. Just by looking at the sticky rice dish, we can appreciate the frequency and the ingenuity of the women here.


Sticky rice has many attractive and eye-catching colors  According to the Tày language, sticky rice leaves means black and red sticky rice. However, this sticky rice has many colors such as white, yellow, black, purple, blue, red. Sticky rice cooked with glutinous rice hangs on the kitchen floor for months. Here, when people harvest glutinous rice, they will not pluck the rice but leave the glutinous rice flower bundled into bundles to hang on the kitchen. When they prepare to cook sticky rice, they just rub it into rice. 
 The leaves used by ethnic people to color their sticky rice are marijuana leaves. This dish is delicious and colorful or not depends very much on the skill of the chef. To increase the appeal of sticky rice, people when pounding leaves will add a little lime soaked with sticky rice. When sticky rice, sticky rice will have a charming green color. If you also use that leaves to soak with the ash of sticky rice straw, the sticky color will have a very dark blue color. 


Brocade leaves help create a natural green color for sticky rice

Unique flavor

To create the natural colors for sticky rice, Tay women will have to go to the forest to choose fragrant forest bouquets. Each different flower will create a corresponding color of sticky rice. After that, people will bring these bouquets to hang on the kitchen counter to dry the flowers. On the day of cooking the sticky rice, people will wash the flowers and boil them thoroughly to get water. Using that water to soak sticky rice will help the sticky color of flowers and a very pleasant aroma.
 Some of the flowers that people use are the leaves, leaves later, turmeric and Gac fruit. The leaves will make the sticky rice a dark purple color, the turmeric will produce yellow and the Gac fruit will produce a red orange color. 


When eating, people will pour away sticky rice leaves like this banana  When finished cooking, sticky rice leaves will emit a scent flying throughout the Northwestern mountains. People in Cao Bang, Bac Kan often pour out a green banana leaf. After that, people will mix sticky rice to create a colorful sticky rice dish. The vibrant colors of sticky rice dish blended together look very delicate and beautiful. 

How to enjoy this dish 

The sticky rice has a unique aroma and flavor that cannot be confused with any other sticky rice. You can enjoy this dish with crushed peanuts. Sticky rice when eaten with roasted duck in Bac Kan is still the most attractive. This roasted duck dish will be marinated with many different spices such as shiitake, garlic, onion and some typical spices of the Northwest. Glutinous rice noodles served with roast duck will give a passionate and elegant flavor. This is a very popular dish during Tet holidays of the Northwest provinces. 


Roasted duck is also a specialty dish of the Northwest mountainous region. It  will definitely bring visitors interesting experiences, helping them to better understand the traditional cultural characteristics of the Tay people in the West. North.