Food on the karst plateau

Ha Giang is known as a mountainous province with breathtaking scenary, diversified customs, festivals, and high rocky mountains. In particular, there are a lot of wonderful natural products to be found here. Their attractive food culture is one of the most spectacular, where all of many and varied dishes are made from natural ingredients. As a result, food of the Ha Giang Karst plateau is reputed to have among the most interesting and impressive tastes of all Vietnamese food.

Thang Co

Thang Co

Thang Co is well-known as the H’mong people’s special hot pot in the mountainous districts of
Ha Giang.

Au Tau porridge

Au Tau porridge

A lot of visitors to Ha Giang try this more than once. It is not only good food, but also has medicinal value (e.g., for flu).

Thang Den

Thang Den

Thang Den looks like Hanoi’s Banh Troi Nuoc, and Lang Son’s Cong Phu. It is made of sticky rice with or without bean dumplings.

Rolled Rice & Egg Cake

Rolled Rice & Egg Cake

After making your own dipping sauce, you can just pick up the fragile rolled cake with the reddish yellow of medium-cooked yolk. Dip it all in your self-made sauce and enjoy the strange but loving taste of the final frontier land.

Grilled Moss

Grilled Moss

Foods made from rocky moss, also known as “que”. This dish is both delicious and nutritious with its one of a kind flavor.

5-Colored Sticky Rice

5-Colored Sticky Rice

A five-colored sticky rice that possesses traditional values as well as signifies the meaning of the universe, yin and yang, and the noble human livelihood.

Bac Me Bamboo Rice

Bac Me Bamboo Rice

Lam rice has become popular among minorities. However, its taste varies across geography.

Men Men

Men Men

Men Men is made of plain corn. Typically, early morning, the H’mong family cooks enough Men Men to last the whole day.

Sausage

Sausage

In order to make the filler for the sausage, people select fatty lean meat. If it is too lean, the sausage will get dry. If it is too fatty, it won’t be firm enough and will also easily kill the diner’s appetite. Therefore, to have a perfect sausage, it should be made from the shoulder.

Buckwheat Cake

Buckwheat Cake

At the end of the buckwheat season, farmers harvest the buckwheat seeds and dry them under the sun. A portion of the seeds are ground to make the kind of cakes you then find in the farmer’s market.

Pho Trang Kim

Pho Trang Kim

Pho Trang Kim can be found in only one place, which is a small hamlet next to the Lo river, the Quyet Tien commune. This peaceful hamlet has been famous since time immemorial for its noodle soup.

Smoked buffalo

Smoked buffalo

After being spiced with salt, ginger, chili and wild pepper, the buffalo meat is hung just above the fireplace, where it can get the smoke from wild wood for two months in a row. The meat darkens and dries up, soaking in all the spices it has been flavored with.