Fish sticky rice – a very strange but very familiar dish every morning in the coastal land of Nha Trang

What is the familiar specialty dish that is present at the top every time Nha Trang and Khanh Hoa people choose to have breakfast?

Ask visitors to Nha Trang, what are the specialties they want to enjoy, if the immediate answer is fish cake soup or jellyfish noodles, then they have not fully understood the typical cuisine here. In the list of “delicious dishes in Nha Trang to enjoy” of “experts” who always conduct food tours during their travels, there must be fish and sticky rice.

BREAKFAST DESCRIPTION THAT THE PEOPLE OF NHA TRANG “BELOW”

“Have you returned to your hometown? So tomorrow, buy sticky rice with fish and then have coffee in the morning.”

Almost fish sticky rice is a subconscious dish of every person in Nha Trang in the morning no matter how many years they leave their hometown, instead of the dishes that have made the name of the cuisine of the pearl sea such as jellyfish vermicelli, fish cake soup. ..

Sitting and rolling each piece of sticky rice with a small anchovy, Duc – a son who grew up in Nha Trang shared: “When I was a child, a pack of sticky rice with fish only cost 2 thousand VND, every student in the morning ate sticky rice for him.” be sure of your stomach” and go to school. Holding sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves, smearing a little onion fat, and adding crispy fried onions. Even though it is sold at a cheap price, he still prefers to sit at the small sticky rice stall of the girls rather than buy it to bring it. class because if you don’t want to eat it, please add a few pieces of salty fish to your mouth. Now, the sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves is no longer available, replaced with a plastic box or a foam box, but the taste is still the same, the braised fish is extremely delicious. enough to eat all the sticky rice without getting bored.

Fish sticky rice - a very strange but very familiar dish every morning in the coastal land of Nha Trang - Photo 2.
Fish sticky rice - a very strange but very familiar dish every morning in the coastal land of Nha Trang - Photo 3.

Because sticky rice is only known by the locals, so sticky rice does not fill the streets, and does not have a spacious face on the main road. But if you enter randomly in a small hamlet, everywhere there are one or two rows of sticky rice. This dish is so ordinary that at first, I didn’t think it was a specialty of Nha Trang, but when asked about breakfast, everyone said this dish,” Duc added.

Fish sticky rice exists so obviously with the people of Nha Trang that from students, poor working aunts and uncles, to the well-to-do classes, all have the habit of choosing it to have a delicious meal to start a new day.

For example, the famous sticky rice restaurant that everyone knows is Co Hoa fish sticky rice, located close to the railway tracks – No. 1 De Po, sold for nearly 40 years, following the journey of a child until they grow up and get married. . Sticky sticky rice is sold through the window of the house, but there is never a time when there are no local customers.

“Every morning, my house will sell sticky rice from early 6 o’clock, until 9 o’clock it is sold out. In less than 3 hours, about 150 boxes of sticky rice will be sold. The price of each box is from 10,000 to 15,000 VND, most of them are sold to villagers. I’m the main one, because everyone in my hometown eats fish sticky rice in the morning and gets used to it.” – Mr. Toan, the son of Ms. Hoa shared.

Fish sticky rice - a very strange but very familiar dish every morning in the coastal land of Nha Trang - Photo 4.
Fish sticky rice - a very strange but very familiar dish every morning in the coastal land of Nha Trang - Photo 5.

Ba Hoa fish sticky rice – De Po is very famous in Nha Trang

ADDICTIVE BECAUSE OF SPECIAL FISH STORE FORM

Fish sticky rice dish is true to the name, is fragrant sticky rice served with braised fish, sometimes with quail eggs.

“The sticky rice in this dish will be cooked slightly drier and harder than the sticky rice in Saigon, for me, sticky rice eaten with braised fish must be a bit dry and hard, a little difficult to roll to taste good. Most of the Saigon sticky rice will be flexible and soft. Some places are still a bit mushy, so if you sell it in combination with braised fish according to the Nha Trang recipe, it won’t taste as good.” – Mr. Duc said.

When cooking sticky rice, no seasoning is needed, just a little salt. Sometimes it will cook sticky rice or not, sometimes it will cook with green beans. Sticky rice will be steamed with pandan leaves, open the lid of the pot, wait for the seller to stir the hot sticky rice into the box, but the new smell of sticky rice will mix with the smell of pineapple leaves.

However, the factor that makes fish sticky rice become a “queen” in many types of sophisticatedly cooked sticky rice is the accompanying salty braised fish. The fish stocked is mostly anchovies and anchovies, some places also sell more scads.

“I don’t know how to cook, but braised anchovies with sticky rice always hunt for hard meat, sweet and spicy taste is enough. If you eat sticky rice with fish but the fish is soft and easy to break, then you have not eaten the right standard fish sticky rice dish, Nha Trang. But braised fish must have more hot peppers to be right, if anyone is not used to spicy food, trying this dish is still extremely stimulating to the taste buds.” – Something that native people like Mr. Duc also wonder about.

Anchovies in sticky rice will have 2 types for processing: fresh anchovies or dried anchovies. When the oil is hot, add minced garlic and whole chili peppers and sauté until fragrant. Next, add fish sauce, sugar, and filtered water to the pan and stir well. Finally, add the dried anchovies or fresh fish, stir well to absorb the spices, and rim until the water thickens.

Fish sticky rice - a very strange but very familiar dish every morning of people in the coastal land of Nha Trang - Photo 6.

Anchovy with gasoline

Fish sticky rice - a very strange but very familiar dish every morning in the coastal land of Nha Trang - Photo 7.

Mouth anchovies

A complete box of sticky rice will include sticky rice cooked with flexibility but not mushy, sprinkled on top of onion fat, then braised fish and fried onions. If anyone has a strong taste, add a piece of fish juice on top of the sticky rice.

“Later, the content of food review emerged, and the new fish sticky rice was known and widely accepted, but the fact is that it was quite strange to people from other countries. When I was still studying away from home, my friends listened to his introduction. When it comes to fish sticky rice, they ask wide-eyed, because few people see sticky rice served with fish instead of cotton balls, sausages, spring rolls… like the usual salty sticky rice dishes. about this strange and delightful combination.” – Mr. Duc said.

Fish sticky rice - a very strange but very familiar dish every morning in the coastal land of Nha Trang - Photo 8.

Braised scad dish for those who like fish with a lot of meat

Fish sticky rice - a very strange but very familiar dish every morning of people in the coastal land of Nha Trang - Photo 9.

Dish “ENGING YOU” WITH CHILDREN FROM HOME

Because braised anchovies with glutinous rice are served to people from small to large, it is natural that those who are far from home and are sent food by their grandparents and parents have a jar of braised fish in the box. eat “remember” hometown.

Mr. Toan shared: “Usually if you send it as a gift to a long distance, braised anchovies are also served with white porridge, bread, rice paper, rice… My house sells braised fish separately to many people far away like me. tourists, those who want to give as gifts, students or families sending their children to the army… the quantity sold is about 15-20kg/day.” Anyone who travels far will remember the rich taste of braised fish with rice, but anyone who has ever tried it will be addicted to braised sticky rice like the locals.

Fish sticky rice - a very strange but very familiar dish every morning of people in the coastal land of Nha Trang - Photo 10.
Fish sticky rice - a very strange but very familiar dish every morning in the coastal land of Nha Trang - Photo 11.

Especially in this coastal country called “Pearl of the East Sea”, fishermen also favor when choosing braised fish often found in sticky rice to bring to the sea. Going to the sea to fish for many days, in addition to eating fresh food and processing what they catch, their reserve is braised anchovies. Imagine, after hours of arduous fishing, shoveling hot white rice with a piece of sweet and spicy braised fish, the smell of rice and the smell of fish sauce makes your nose taste good, who doesn’t eat a few cups right away.

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