There is nowhere in Vietnam , there are many types of sticky rice. Among varius type of Sticky rice , “xoi xeo” is standing out not only creative art with a sophisticated combination of ingredients and color but the sophistication even leaks out to its odd name.
With the bright yellow color, “xoi xeo” is sold in every market or may even be right on the street corner early in the morning. The seller keeps “xoi xeo” warm in a bamboo basket which is carried on the shoulder or fastened behind the bicycle. “Xoi xeo” is a special dish for breakfast, especially for students or worker who don’t have time to prepare breakfast.
Despite ingredients to make “ Xoi xeo” are very popular and familiar with Vietnamese, this dish is difficult to cook. The ingredients for making “xoi xeo” remain the same everywhere: glutinous rice, turmeric powder, mung bean, shallot, and some liquid fat. The turmeric powder is mixed with water and glutinous rice that will create the natural yellow for the dish. Mung bean, after being carefully chosen and peeled; is steamed, pummeled and then rolled into small balls. To complete the taste of “xoi xeo”, the seller will add a tablespoon of liquid fat. The yellow of the turmeric rice and bean, the brown of shallot, the distinctive green of banana leaf mix and match perfectly, and combine to make an eye-catching “xoi xeo”.
While children like eating “xoi xeo” with a lot of mung bean or fried shallots, others people may enjoy it with lot of “ruoc”- smashed and fried salted pork. A warm large portion of “xoi xeo”, wrapped in banana leaf and old newspaper.
“Xoi xeo” is favorite dish in winter because the bright yellow colour and liquid fat make people feel warm and cheerful.
Nobody knows where the name “xoi xeo” came from and why it has such a weird name “xeo”. “xoi xeo” is a unique part of Hanoi’s cuisine that is loved by many people, both locals and foreigners.
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