Rainbow sticky rice
The ethnic groups who live in these northern mountains have an extremely diverse and unique culinary culture. This is best demonstrated by the Rainbow Sticky Rice. This rice represents the convergence of traditional values, including cosmic notions, philosophy of yin and yang and noble meaning.
Rainbow Sticky Rice is made up of rice of five different colors; red, yellow, blue, violet and white. You can easily find the sticky rice at the market in Ha Giang.
Most areas offer some variation of Rainbow Sticky Rice but, depending on the region, they can mix or use different colors to create a sticky rainbow. The ingredients include: sticky rice, fragrant rice, seeds, and leaves of trees to create the dye. These leaves can be either green leaves from ginger, green rice leaves, grapefruit peel, bitter bamboo shoots that have been burnt and soaked water with a little lime or yellow turmeric powder mixed with water.
Before dyeing the rice, the rice is cleaned and then soaked in water for 6 – 8 hours. Divide the rice into 5 different containers. One for each color. After dyeing, the last step is making the rice into a rainbow. This requires some skill and a lot of practise to get the perfect look.