Hanoi is home of various delicacies which is well-known among both domestic and international travelers. If visiting Hanoi by the end of August or beginning of September, tourists not only can enjoy the small of milk flowers (very typical for autumn in Hanoi) but also can enjoy “Cốm” – green young sticky rice flake of Vong Village which has long been an autumn delicacy of Hanoi.
“Cốm” is made from unripe sticky rice. It is often packed by lotus leaves to make its more flavoring and attractive. Lotus leaves and green young sticky rice of Vong Village is said to be a nice couple, which is a good reminder of Hanoi life for those who are living away from the city. The young sticky rice grains are greenish, glutinous and fragrant which is only found in immature sticky rice. The art of making cốm has been passed from generation to generation of local artisans to create such an elegant food rich in the characteristics of the ancient capital city.
There are many ways to enjoy “cốm of Vòng village”, either alone, or with a cup of tea from Thai Nguyen or with some persimmons or bananas.
If you have chance to visit Hanoi in autumn, don’t forget to try some “cốm” and buy it as souvenir for your family and friends. It’s very delicious and gracious!