Cốm – Delicious nostalgia for Hanoi

There are things which cross the time, for our biggest happiness. Com, or “green rice” is a part of it.

In Ha Noi, this greed is intimately associated with the autumn.

It is attributed as place of birth the village of Vong, situated now in district of Cau Giay, that is to say 7 km in the northwest of the center.
It is said that in the autumn, when the fields of rice bent in the rain, it happened that dikes do not resist the strength of the water and that a whole field was then totaly destroyed. This disastrous day, a villager hardly disheartened by this meteorological misadventure had the disenchanted idea to pick the young rice and to make it roast quite slowly, not just to waste and not to starve.

What was his surprise when discovering a taste slightly sweetened with nutty aromas!

It was not more necessary it so that is born, with time, one of the culinary nuggets of the delta of the red river!

It is thus about immature sticky grains of rice, which still contain the milk and all the flavor. Then they are crushed in a mortar until become quite flat, roasted in very low heat then finally slowly roasted. A know-how jealously kept in family.

This product of exception had to be equipped with one an exceptional envelope; it indeed needs two leaves of protection: a very green and very fresh leaf of lotus to keep the petals of rice for the dry and avoid that it discolor, as well as an older, more perfumed leaf.

The purists will tell you that it is necessary to consume these petals of rice with persimmon or banana or even red berries good walls, the agreement of the flavors accompanied by the subtle notes of the lotus leave an immortal souvenir…
The Ideal being to sip at the same time some mouthfuls of green tea from  Thai Nguyen to have a brief overview of the paradise on this earth…

There are now numerous "by-products": the famous banh phu the and banh com, consisted of com and fille in the mung bean, which we find in numerous ceremonies (It is supposed to be a symbol of firm and eternal love). But also the che com, sweet soup which we eat for dessert or at last cha com, here we put some pork in the recipe.If the image of the women with their yokes roaming in the streets of the capital to sell com becomes blurred however a little, grains sow even for a long time the nostalgia for Ha Noi of formerly …


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