Simple specialty found in forest
White rattan buds are a daily dish of S’Tieng ethnic people in Binh Phuoc Province. This dish gives diners a combination of different tastes: sweetness, bitterness and a little bit of fatness.
|White rattan buds are being grilled with a big fire.|
The white rattan buds grow naturally in forests in Binh Phuoc. It is quite easy to buy the buds at markets in the province. However, the availability depends on whether bud pickers are at work or not. Sometimes, there are none left and orders have to be made several days in advance.
White rattan bud hotpot, white rattan bud salad, stir-fried white rattan buds, or grilled white rattan buds are among the choices. Some members of the S’Tieng ethnic people say that grilled white rattan buds are their favorite. After their outer coat is peeled off, the buds are directly cooked on a big fire. The dipping sauce for the dish includes salt, minced chilies and some drops of lemon juice. The grilled white rattan buds will give a bitter taste then a fatty taste.
White rattan bud salad with grilled shrimps is a good choice, too. The dish was voted the best local specialty in 2020-2021 by the Vietnam Book of Records and the Top Vietnam Organization.
Binh Phuoc province in southeastern Vietnam is known for its lush green forest, stunning natural landscape, and historical relic sites, which have attracted Vietnamese and foreign visitors.
If you want to temporarily leave behind the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy fresh air in forests, national parks not very far from HCMC may be venues of choice