vietnam craft villages
Visiting Ban village to explore the traditional craft of soya sauce making.

vietnam craft villages

Located 30km from Hanoi, the town impresses visitors from the first look due to the many earthen jars in different sizes and shapes in the grounds of local houses as well as the sweet smell of soya sauce in the air.

vietnam craft villages

The making of a bowl of yellow, sweet and tasty soya sauce requires a lot of time, specific techniques and experience.

vietnam craft villages

First, the craftsmen soak sticky rice in water and boil it.

vietnam craft villages

The boiled rice is then left for two days until it turns yellow due to fungus.

vietnam craft villages
 

The rice is then mixed with soybeans, salt and water. The mixture is poured into earthen or ceramic jars, which are covered tightly and dried in the sun for two to three months.

vietnam craft villages

During the drying period, makers must stir the mixture every morning and noon, but only for a minute.

vietnam craft villages

Sunlight heats up the jars, contributing to advancing the speed of the process. The sunnier it is, the quicker the process is completed.

vietnam craft villages
Photo credit: Dang Anh - Vinh Pham

The craft creates jobs for four or five workers in each household. During peak season from March to August, each soya sauce making facility can attract 10 to 15 local employees with an income ranging from VND4 million to VND5 million.

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Soya sauce – a delicacy of Hung Yen

Soya sauce – a delicacy of Hung Yen

Tương Bần (Ban soya sauce) has been a delicacy of northern Vietnam since the end of the 19th century. It is a delicacy found in Ban Yen Nhan Ward in My Hao Town, Hung Yen province.

Soya sauce – a delicacy of Hung Yen

Soya sauce – a delicacy of Hung Yen

Tương Bần (soya sauce) has been a delicacy of northern Vietnam since the end of the 19th century.