Com ni – ca pua is not only famous for its attractive taste, this dish also shows the diverse culture and cuisine of the Cham people living in An Giang.
Known as a famous specialty of the Cham ethnic group in Chau Giang (Chau Doc, An Giang), rice ni ca pua is a harmonious combination of two dishes of rice ni and ca pua. Because they cannot be separated, this “pair of cards” has created a unique and delicious taste that few specialties can match.
Ca pua rice is also a dish that often appears in Cham family rice trays, traditional parties or at worship ceremonies in churches… so you will not easily find a restaurant that can serve you. This dish is in Chau Doc, An Giang.
First, when it comes to this strange dish, you must mention the special noodle dish. Different from the usual way of cooking rice, the rice noodles will be cooked in a rather unique way. After washing the rice, it is stir-fried with ingredients such as cinnamon, butter, and cloves to create a firmness for the rice grain and an attractive aroma.
Then people often mix cashew oil to make the rice grain more beautiful and delicious. When cooking rice, Cham people in An Giang also use water mixed with sugar, curry and salt to cook. And after the rice runs out of water, they will sprinkle it with a little coconut water or fatty, fragrant milk.
The reason they have to wait until the rice is almost cooked is because adding milk or coconut water from the beginning will make the rice easy to burn and taste bad. Thanks to this somewhat characteristic and sophisticated way of cooking, the Cham people’s rice noodles are not only soft and flexible, but also have an irresistible aroma and greasy taste. Depending on the taste of each locality and family, the Cham here also mix raisins into the rice.
Chau Giang Cham people do not use pork in their meals, instead they focus on dishes from cows. Therefore, the ca pua part in the dish is often used by them to cook. First, the cook will use some spices, alcohol and ginger to reduce the smell of fresh beef. After preliminary processing, the beef is stir-fried with onions, curry, chili, salt… until the meat is hunted and the spices are evenly absorbed. Next, this meat will be simmered until soft with coconut milk. Before enjoying, beef will be mixed with onions, grated coconut and sprinkled with roasted peanuts.
It seems that rice noodles and ca pua are two unrelated dishes, but when combined and placed next to each other in a meal, you will enjoy a special and attractive rice noodle dish. The soft, golden, greasy rice grains blend with the spicy taste from chili and sweet beef of ca pua, the rich and strange taste of the dish makes you eat once but remember forever.
Although it is not easy to find restaurants selling ca pua rice dishes in An Giang, but if you have the opportunity to visit Chau Giang Cham villages located on the banks of the Hau River, you must definitely find and discover unique, strange and delicious dishes. this special.