Each piece of golden chicken, fragrant and full of flavor of steamed pomelo chicken will surely make you fall in love from the first bite.
Coming to Dong Nai, visitors will not only admire the beautiful natural landscape here, but also have the opportunity to discover the unique culinary beauty. One of the delicious specialties here, it is definitely impossible not to mention “Steamed Pomelo Chicken” – a dish that is not too picky, but is loved by many diners when coming here.
To be able to cook pomelo steamed chicken, Dong Nai people need to choose Tam Trieu green-skinned pomelo, a specialty pomelo of Dong Nai. Each grapefruit, when choosing, must be of the right size, old fruit so that the peel is not too bitter and not too soft during cooking.
After selecting pomelo, the pomelo will cut off the head, take out the entire inner intestine, but instead of spiraling, the supplementer needs to be clever to subtract a small part of the cap, the entire remaining peel is kept. intact, not torn, not broken. Only then can there be grapefruit peel to process into dishes.
Steamed pomelo chicken dish needs to choose hill chicken or curry chicken, firm, sweet, yellow skin. After completing the cleaning step, the chicken will be placed inside the pomelo and marinated with spices to infuse the meat such as salt, sugar, chili, pepper, pasta, …
For large-sized chickens, people can cut the chicken into many pieces so that it can fit inside the pomelo. A trick to make this dish more attractive and delicious is to pick a few more grapefruit leaves, cut them into small pieces, and then marinate them with chicken. Or many families, they choose grapefruit wine to marinate chicken with other spices.
After completing the steps of seasoning, the cook will cover the grapefruit peel, steam the chicken for about 45 minutes, enough time for all the ingredients inside to be mixed and cooked evenly.
Steamed pomelo chicken is best when enjoyed while still hot. After the chicken is steamed, it will be eaten immediately, dipped with chili, fresh salt and a little raw vegetables. You just need to open the lid, immediately make a hot, fragrant smoke of chicken and essential oils from leaves and grapefruit peel, making everyone crave. Each piece of chicken is firm, soft, golden, imbued with marinated spices, gently mixed with the mild bitter taste from grapefruit peel, creating an unmistakable taste for this dish.
This dish is considered as an indispensable dish on the tray, an important party of many families in Dong Nai. Especially during the New Year to spring, this dish is even more focused and devoted by the people here to display it on the altar and pay filial piety to the ancestors.
Besides this extremely unique and attractive steamed pomelo chicken, Dong Nai people also have many other interesting variations, and the accompanying ingredient is pomelo. Among them, known and loved equally is “Tan Trieu pomelo salad” with a very unique and difficult taste.
Many tourists who have the opportunity to set foot in Dong Nai and have the opportunity to experience this dish are full of praise and look forward to coming back to enjoy it again. It is because of the attractiveness, difference, and delicious taste that the pomelo steamed chicken dish automatically makes the culinary culture in Dong Nai more rich and beautiful in the eyes of everyone.