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Autumn in Hanoi is so beautiful, this is the time when leaves turn red and gold and with little yellow sunshine, flows tenderly with the wind. More wonderful, HaNoi autumn has special gift from natural – Cốm (Green Rice). Cốm  is made from young glutinous rice, when the rice begins to ripen and still contains milk and fragrance.

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The most famous cốm hails from Vong village, which lies about seven kilometers west of Hanoi in the Tu Liem District. According to legend, 500 years ago the village was hit by a famine. With nothing to eat save green rice still growing in the paddies, one hungry farmer decided to roast the unripe grains. The villagers discovered that by roasting the rice in a clay pot and pounding it to remove the rice husks they could produce a dish that was not merely palatable, but delicious. When the king heard of this new delicacy he summoned the head of Vong village to visit the court. Thereafter, each autumn the villagers presented the court with an offering of cốm.

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Green rice is soft, and gentle with a pure sweet taste. Hanoi people usually enjoy green rice with the yellow-ripened bananas, called “chuối trứng cuốc”. There are many Vietnamese people living overseas, and when they have a chance to get back to Hanoi, they all want to take in the beautiful smell of fresh green rice, to feel the feelings of coming back to their motherland.

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Connoisseurs in food also have a crush on cooked green rice, made from the tough ones. When the green rice are mixed up with the sugar liquid and well stewed, each grain of green rice will absorbs the sweet flavor of sugar, creating a luxurious and lively beauty.

Picking a pinch of cooked green rice and gently put them in your mouth, you will feel the heat that makes the rice glutinous enough to steal one’s heart. Cooked green rice seduces eaters with its stickiness and its sweet flavor. People don’t use “giot” green rice or “la me” green rice to cook, because they will be too soft or too sticky, and lose the shape of each grain of rice.

 

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