Coming to the Northwest, you will not only admire the mountain scenery but also have the opportunity to enjoy delicious dishes such as spinach salad.
Lettuce, a popular vegetable in Lai Chau. People also call this vegetable with another name, don each, try to wrap vegetables or thai. Thai people call the vegetable with another name, “pock quail”. It can be said that this is a vegetable to be processed into a specialty dish that is not available everywhere.
Lettuce is another type of fern. The rhizome is inclined and the plant will rise to about 20cm high. Lettuce leaves often grow in clusters, like combs. This plant usually grows under the canopy of trees in the jungle. Thanks to that, the top of the coriander is always plump, and the top is bent like a small hook.
When eaten raw, coriander will have an acrid taste and a slightly viscous feel. But when cooked, the coriander is delicious and bouncy. The simplest dish from cilantro is boiled cilantro. People will choose young tops and then wash them. Then, put the vegetables in the pot, add water to bring to a boil. When the vegetables are cooked, take them out so that the coriander is not too soft. After boiling, the coriander will be crispy, dipping it with chili garlic sauce and then eating it with rice is nothing better.
However, the best cilantro must be when it is processed into a mannequin – a famous and delicious dish with the typical flavor of the Northwest mountains. To prepare this very special dish, the people here will also choose the tops of young vegetables, wash them, and then dry them. The next step, they will put the tops of the cilantro in a bowl of sticky rice and cook for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are cooked. However, vegetables must always be crispy and have a beautiful green color.
Cooking instead of boiling will help vegetables retain their inherent sweetness. After the vegetables are cooked, they will be taken out, adding ginger, garlic, chili, lemon juice, salt, sugar and herbs. Mix all these ingredients well until everything is well coated with spices. Before enjoying, people will sprinkle a little more ground peanuts on top to add flavor to the dish. So the cilantro salad is done.
In addition to the salad of cilantro, Thai people also use this vegetable to process into many other equally delicious dishes such as sautéed coriander with garlic, sautéed cilantro with sour bamboo shoots,… The beauty of cilantro is The ingredients are simple, if it’s easy, anyone can do it, but it’s easy and delicious, so this vegetable is very popular with the people of the Northwest.
Not only for processing unique and attractive dishes, but cilantro is also considered a panacea to cure many different diseases such as sore throat, cold, blood circulation, laxative, detoxification, treatment of symptoms. Insomnia, relieve back pain or help the body become more healthy.
If you have the opportunity to set foot in Lai Chau, make sure you give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the delicious fresh green coriander salad with the flavor of the Northwest mountains. Surely, this unique, hard-to-find dish will not let you down at all!