Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Le Tu grilled rice - a precious pearl of the Northwest mountains

Le Tu grilled rice - a precious pearl of the Northwest mountains
Tu Le grilled rice is distilled from the essence of earth and sky and the rustic simplicity of the Thai ethnic minorities in the Northwest.

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Since ancient times, the land at the foot of Khau Pha Pass - Tu Le Valley has been famous near and far by rare and precious glutinous rice varieties, which are the main ingredients for making delicious dishes known as the "culinary elite" of this land. In particular, the specialty of Tu Le grilled rice is famous for its soft, aromatic grains, not only bearing the flavor of the Northwest mountains but also hiding the rustic sentiments of the ethnic groups here.

Under the calm valley of Van Chan district, Yen Bai province, surrounded by three mountains, Khau Pha, Khau Than and Khau Song, people have long been proud of the famous dish, near and far, called Tu Le grilled rice.
Le Tu grilled rice - a precious pearl of the Northwest mountains
Glutinous rice, special rice variety make of Tu Le grilled rice. Photo: Kevin Faingnaert.
Each year preparing for grilled rice season, the people of Tu Le meticulously take care of each young rice flower from the beginning of the camber to the maturity. They went to the field early in the morning and selected large, round rice ears that were tight but the straw stem was still green. They will harvest them when they are still in the night dew and then plucked them skillfully and carefully.

Completely plucked young rice seeds will be roasted right away to make sure the grilled rice is still green. Roasting stoves are also elaborately prepared, roasting pans are usually made of cast iron, when roasted to low heat, stirring constantly to heat evenly, wait to cool and then take out and grind. So, grilled rice is kept soft and delicious without burning.
Le Tu grilled rice - a precious pearl of the Northwest mountains
Grilled rice must be harvested properly on ripening. Photo: Kevin Faingnaert.

In the stage of pounding, the foot of the pounding person must be steady and rhythmic to ensure moderate force. At the same time, another person uses a piece of bamboo to paddle rice in a mortar. If there are husks, it must be brought out and continue pounding. 

Here, grilled rice is often eaten with ripe bananas or used to cook duck porridge, sticky rice, stewed fruit, or to season with fried spring rolls, fried shrimp, fried meat, creating a special feature of Tu Le cuisine. Visitors who come here are bound to sample this specialty.

To fully enjoy the specialties of this land, come to Tu Le every autumn, visitors will see the bustling Tu Le valley preparing for the only grilled rice season of the year. Together they make a famous delicious gift of the Northwest mountains, carefully wrapped and then brought as a gift everywhere.

The people of Tu Le not only consider grilled rice as specialty but also embody the culture here. Grilled rice is not only present in meals, in the daily routine but also in important cultural and religious activities, grilled rice is offered to ancestors to pay tribute to the exploration merit of Tu Le land.

Village elders consider grilled rice as a sacred traditional value, young people keep them as a pride of the fairyland in the Northwest, and the children will continue to grow in the scent of pure, sweet grilled rice of Tu Le area.
Le Tu grilled rice - a precious pearl of the Northwest mountains
The people of Tu Le not only consider grilled rice as a special dish but also embody the culture of community activities. Photo: dangtranquan.
Tourists not only have the opportunity to enjoy the grilled rice of Tu Le but also discover the local culture as well as the graceful beauty of nature bestowed on this land with Le Champ Tu Le, a luxury resort located right there. The resort is located next to the hot spring at the foot of Khau Pha pass, stands out in the pristine space of Northwestern mountains.
Le Tu grilled rice - a precious pearl of the Northwest mountains
The first Le Champ Tu Le resort in Yen Bai, the destination to enjoy Tu Le grilled rice and Northwest specialties.
Come to enjoy the delicious food that is like the pearl of the Tu Le area, to watch the beautiful terraces like a feng shui picture and immerse yourself in hot mineral springs with the Thai, Mong, Dao, Le Champ Resort Hot Spring & Spa is like a typical cultural touchpoint of the Northwest, offering an experience of an unforgettable journey in this majestic, beautiful and pristine land.

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