Vietnamese cuisine is indeed extremely diverse and interesting. In addition to the popular dishes in all parts of the country, there are also strange dishes that are only popular or popular in a small part. Such dishes have many dishes that belong to the ethnic groups.
For example, Thai people in Son La have jumping fish salad, specialty soup of the M’nong people or termite porridge of the Co Tu people (the Co Tu people mainly live in the Northwest of Quang Nam province and the Southwest of Thua Thien Hue province). Thien Hue).
Termites used by the Co Tu people to make dishes are winged termites and are also compared to flying shrimp because of their delicious taste. Winged termites often appear around May, the time of the first thunderstorms of the season. At that time, the Co Tu people will catch termites to process many dishes, including termite porridge (clap p’cho). This is a dish often cooked by the sons-in-law in Co Tu for their parents-in-law to show their filial piety.
The Co Tu people have a very interesting way of catching termites. When detecting flying termites, people in the village will quickly light a lamp so that the lamp is placed in the middle of a large water change and then put the basin in the middle of the yard. When there is a bright spot, termites will fly to and immediately swoop into the water. When the wings are wet, termites will not be able to fly up, so they will stay in the bowl.
In addition, having a lot of experience, before a thunderstorm, the Co Tu people will go to find termite mounds and dig holes close to the termites. About 40cm away from the place of termites, people wrap tightly with plastic bags, lining the bottom with banana leaves so that termites can’t fly up but fall on banana leaves, then bring termites back for processing.
The way to make termites is to wash the termites with clean water many times so that the termites lose all their wings, but when washing, you need to be gentle. When the wings have opened, people use termites to clean porridge and many other dishes.
The way to cook termite porridge is as follows. First, people will bring rice to cook into porridge until cooked. Termites are roasted on the stove. After the porridge is almost cooked, pour in the roasted termites, wait for it to boil, then taste the seasoning to taste to complete the termite porridge. Termite porridge with the fleshy taste of rice and termites is an attractive dish for the Co Tu people.
In addition to processing into hot and attractive bowls of porridge, the Co Tu people can also process them into termites with fish sauce, roasted termites, termites or termite cakes. As mentioned, winged termites are likened to flying shrimp, so with roasted termites, after roasting, termites will be kept sealed in an umbrella tube, hung in the kitchen attic and taken out to eat or serve as bait in the kitchen. drinking meals. Termites pickled with fish sauce or pounded with salt and then eaten with white rice are also extremely mouth-watering.
For the Co Tu people, dishes from termite soup, including termite porridge, have become an indispensable part of culture and culinary life. However, although attractive, not everyone dares to try dishes from termites, especially those who are picky eaters. And you, if you have the opportunity, have you tried the termite porridge of the Co Tu people?