The nostalgia of sesame rice crackers - the flavour of Ha Nam province
Located around 70 kilometres from the capital Hanoi, Kien Khe town in Thanh Liem district, Ha Nam province, is renowned for its So Kien sesame rice crackers.
The must-try specialty’s fame goes far beyond the village and is a much-appreciated gift for relatives and friends after a visit to Ha Nam.
The crackers are made from rice, sesame, peanuts, wheat flour, filter powder, and several different seasonings.
Despite the simple recipe, making good sesame rice crackers requires precision in choosing high-quality rice as well as finesse in grilling.
The crackers are made by steaming a thin layer of the batter in a traditional way or on a machine like this. Sesame and peanuts are added to the batter in this stage.
After this, the steamed sesame rice sheets are dried under the sun for 5-7 hours or in a drying oven if the weather is humid.
Dating back hundreds of years, the making of sesame rice crackers has been maintained and developed in Kien Khe town. It has created jobs and improved incomes for local people. As many as 20,000 crackers are made every day.
In a bid to create a brand name for local crackers, the So Kien sesame rice crackers cooperative was set up in May 2019, with the participation of 33 households. The cooperative will manage the brand of the crackers after it gains protection from the Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam./.