Dried foods is well-known as one of the most magnetic feature of Sapa cuisine as well as the amazing cooking style. People all know the typical water buffalo meat hung in the kitchen, but most may not know the legendary sausage which raise in popularity in not only the region but also the nationwide with its unique flavor.
Hung in the kitchen is really a special cooking art of ethnic people in Sapa which is more than a culinary beauty but a tradition, a way of living in harmony with the nature. People work hard in all year round in the field and wait for the relaxation when the winter come to every corner in the town, people are supposed to stay at home to hide from the freezing air outside.
In the winter, sitting next to the old oven in the kitchen and profiting the comfortable warm heat and enjoying the peaceful ambiance with the family are the best reward for their hard working spirit. In contrary nothing can grow in such a difficult weather condition, so reserving food for winter become a very important thing in life of every family and now we have the legendary dried food.
In the springtime, a dozen of families gather in someone’s home and make the sausages together. This is silently a charm of slow life in this mountainous land which connect people and warm up the ambiance to welcome New Year. Furthermore, thank for the delicate cooking style that handed down from generation to generation, people turn the most ordinary ingredient into a delicious delicacy which can be considered as a good sample for the amazing traditional cuisine of the country.
If you have a chance to visit the kitchen of residents you will meet many long “strings” of sausages hung right above the wood-fired oven. Under the heat in the kitchen they turn into such a brown color, shiny and attractive. Thank for the delicate cooking style of ingenious people in this mountainous land, people turn the most ordinary ingredient into a delicious delicacy which can be considered as a good sample for the amazing traditional cuisine of the country.
Can you imagine how delicious this food is? Don’t need any complicate recipe or any rare ingredient but just by frying or grilling directly on the hot charcoal. Not talking about the attractive appearance, just the tasty smell can make your mouth watering non-stop. Then just one bite you can feel an explosion of flavor in your mouth with the sweetness of meat, the strong flavor of aroma herbs, especially Mac Khen and the exotic smell of smoke…
Especially, Hmong and Nung people make this delicacy more special by adding homemade wine to enhance the flavor. Day after day, the fragrance of wine emit and absorb slowly in meat and bring the light sour taste of fermentation in harmony with the amazing sweetness. Once you savor this flavorful dish, you will never know that you are drunk with the amazing flavor or the wine in the sausage.
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That’s why no one want to leave the town without this specialty as a souvenir. But it’s difficult to bring the soul of this food, the smoky fragrance, so just a taste of place can treat you to one of the best delicacy of the city of fogs.