Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Tourists to Tay Phuong pagoda in Thach Xa commune, Thach That district, Hanoi are likely to opt for Che lam (sticky rice flour cake), which is believed as a gift from Buddha.

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

‘Che lam Thach Xa’ is made from glutinous rice flour, ginger, refined sugar and malt

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Flour, sugar, malt and ginger mixture is poured into a large pan to stir

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Local households start using machinery to boost productivity to meet increasing demand from visitors

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Flour, sugar, malt and ginger mixture is stirred for half an hour

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Well-stirred mixture is spread into flat winnowing baskets

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Warm dough is kneaded well with some glutinous rice flour added

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Well-kneaded dough is flattened for cutting

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

After the flattened dough is completely cooled, they are cut into rectangular sheets

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Locals in Thach Xa village need no measuring tools to cut the dough into perfectly even sheets

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

‘Che lam Thach Xa’ tastes very yummy when being served with hot tea

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Each year, 60 professional households making ‘che lam’ in Thach Xa village produce some 200 tonnes of the dessert to serve the market

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

Sweet sticky rice flour cake

‘Che lam’ is used for ancestor worshipping rituals during major festivals of Vietnamese people 

 

 Vietnam Pictorial

 
 
 
 
 
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