Buffalo meat dishes of the Thai ethnic group

The Thai ethnic minority in Vietnam’s northwestern region have a rich cuisine, and their buffalo meat is a must-try dish for visitors.

Buffalo meat dishes of the Thai ethnic group
Buffalo meat dishes of the Thai ethnic group.

The Thai people of Son La Province create many dishes from buffalo meat: grilled buffalo, buffalo salad, and buffalo bone soup with bauhinia flowers and wild vegetables. Buffalo meat hung over a wood fire – smoked buffalo meat – is one of the most popular dishes. It’s easy to prepare but it’s the combination of spices used that makes it special.

Quang Thi Hien of Ban La Hamlet says, “We season buffalo slices with chili, ginger, garlic, salt, and mac khen – a special aromatic forest seed.  After being marinated, the meat slices are skewered on sticks and hung above a wood stove. Smoked buffalo meat has a special place in the culture of the Black Thai. It’s an indispensable dish at New Year celebration meals.” 

Minced lean buffalo meat – called lap – is served raw for men and well-done for women and children. Raw lap is a mixture of minced rump or round, thinly sliced buffalo skin, coriander, mac khen, chili, and sour bamboo shoot water. To prepare lap for women and children, they fry minced buffalo until it’s well-done and then add sour bamboo shoot water, coriander, mac khen, and salt to bring out the full flavor.

Buffalo tail cooked with sour vón vén leaves makes a fresh soup. The buffalo tails are seared on charcoal stove, cut into smaller pieces, and stewed with vón vén leaves. The dish has the sour, fatty, and typical flavor of buffalo.

Normally, buffalo skin is used to make drums. But the Thai in Son La province make it into buffalo skin salad, which has a strange taste. Boiled buffalo skin is thinly sliced and mixed with aromatic herbs, chili, sliced banana flowers, sour bamboo shoot water, fried peanuts, and spices.

“To make sour buffalo skin salad, we sear the buffalo skin over a charcoal fire until it turns yellow,” says Quang Thi Sinh of Ban La Hamlet. “Then we cover it in hot ashes for about 30 minutes to make it soft. After that we clean it and slice it thinly. The spices are coriander, garlic, chili, basil, and sour bamboo shoot water. This is a delicious part of our New Year celebration meal.”

Buffalo meat dishes of the Thai ethnic group
Thai women make buffalo-skin salad.

In the past buffalo dishes were prepared just for New Year celebrations, festivals, and big events. Today they are served by restaurants to visitors. Many households and make a good profit by selling smoked buffalo meat.

 

Luong Thi Huyen, who owns a smoked buffalo meat processing facility in Lau hamlet, says in the past, smoked buffalo meat was just for the family, but it is now very popular.

“During the New Year celebration, many people buy smoked buffalo meat to eat and to give to their relatives and friends,” Huyen confides.

Sitting around a wood stove on a cold day and eating buffalo dishes is an unforgettable experience.

Tran My Linh, a tourist from Hanoi, says, “The food of the Thai in the northwestern region made a strong impression on we. Buffalo skin salad and smoked buffalo meat have a unique taste because they have many spices. The Thai often eat these dishes during their New Year celebration. I want to come to Son La again to eat these dishes.”

Exploring the northwestern region is surely more interesting if you try the food of the local Thai people.

Source: VOV

Dried milk cicadas: A must try dish for visitors to Son La

Dried milk cicadas: A must try dish for visitors to Son La

Originating in the ethnic region of Thai, milk cicada fried with sour fresh bamboo and roasted cricket may not be to everyone’s taste. But for the locals here, it is a meal that makes them proud.

Ants and cows combine for delightful Phu Yen bites

Ants and cows combine for delightful Phu Yen bites

Phu Yen Province in the central coastal region is well known for not only its beautiful beaches but also bò một nắng hai sương (beef jerky dried over wood charcoal).

 
 

Other News

.
Online tourism in the midst of the pandemic
Online tourism in the midst of the pandemic
TRAVELicon  30/07/2021 

The longer the pandemic lasts, the more it will be necessary to see online tourism as a necessary direction to open the flow of tourism and partly limit the heavy losses being experienced in the industry.

Phu Quoc among world’s 100 greatest places
Phu Quoc among world’s 100 greatest places
TRAVELicon  29/07/2021 

Phu Quoc island off the southern province of Kien Giang has been listed among the world’s 100 greatest places to explore in 2021 by US Time news magazine.

Travel blogger inspires youth to seek out the world
Travel blogger inspires youth to seek out the world
TRAVELicon  29/07/2021 

“Keep travelling when you are young to enrich your experience, open your eyes and know more people… When you know a lot, don’t hesitate to share your helpful experiences… Then you will be soon considered a travel blogger, an influential person.”

Rau rut - a special veggie of Vinh Phuc locals
Rau rut - a special veggie of Vinh Phuc locals
TRAVELicon  28/07/2021 

Locals in Vinh Phuc Province’s Thuong Trung District are very proud of their rau rút or nhút, known as water mimosa in English, a green, reed-like vegetable that grows in freshwater ponds or lakes.

Cu Da ancient village
Cu Da ancient village
TRAVELicon  27/07/2021 

Located in Hanoi’s outlying district of Thanh Oai, Cu Da village was founded four centuries ago. Through many changes over time, the village still retains its original features.

Exploring Vietnam through photos
Exploring Vietnam through photos
TRAVELicon  26/07/2021 

The ninth national tourism art photo competition, themed “Explore Vietnam”, was launched by the Tourism Magazine of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. 

Sa Pa local spreads Giay culture, cuisine, and traditions via Youtube
Sa Pa local spreads Giay culture, cuisine, and traditions via Youtube
TRAVELicon  27/07/2021 

The trend of making Youtube videos has become popular among many young people, even those in the more remote parts of Vietnam.

Ninh Binh specialties from mountain goat
Ninh Binh specialties from mountain goat
TRAVELicon  27/07/2021 

Aside from the beautiful mountainscape and caves in Trang An and Tam Coc-Bich Dong, Ninh Binh Province is also famed for its specialties made of goats that live on limestone mountains.

Spectacular natural shapes in UNESCO-recognized geopark
Spectacular natural shapes in UNESCO-recognized geopark
TRAVELicon  26/07/2021 

In April 2018, Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark in Cao Bang Province was recognized as part of the UNESCO Global Network of National Geoparks.

Three Vietnamese cities among world’s greatest places of 2021: Time
Three Vietnamese cities among world’s greatest places of 2021: Time
TRAVELicon  26/07/2021 

Three Vietnamese cities, including Hanoi, HCM City and Phu Quoc (Kien Giang Province), have been named among the world’s to 100 extraordinary destinations to explore in 2021, as voted on by the renowned US-based Time magazine.

Centuries-old craft villages in Binh Dinh Province
Centuries-old craft villages in Binh Dinh Province
TRAVELicon  25/07/2021 

The two ancient traditional craft villages in An Nhon District, Binh Dinh Province, have tried their best to maintain the traditional local craft.

Authorities clamour for travel passes
Authorities clamour for travel passes
TRAVELicon  24/07/2021 

While a special travel pass and financial bailouts are expected to help airlines in Vietnam come back from the brink, questions over their feasibility remain.

Pu Luong – a paradise amidst jungle for travellers on budget
Pu Luong – a paradise amidst jungle for travellers on budget
TRAVELicon  26/07/2021 

Located in the north central province of Thanh Hoa, Pu Luong is renowned as an ideal destination for trekkers and budget travellers because of its seclusion and fantastic scenery of terraced rice fields and primary forests.

Fansipan: 1 of 5 out-of-this-world destinations to explore ‘space tourism’ without leaving Earth
Fansipan: 1 of 5 out-of-this-world destinations to explore ‘space tourism’ without leaving Earth
TRAVELicon  26/07/2021 

The first successful test of recreational space travel on July 11 has many people aiming for the prospect of "space tourism". Before realising this "luxury" dream, visitors can experience "space tourism" without leaving Earth.

Pilot opening of Phu Quoc island to foreign visitors approved
Pilot opening of Phu Quoc island to foreign visitors approved
TRAVELicon  22/07/2021 

The Ministry of Transport has basically agreeing to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism’s draft pilot plan on welcoming international tourists to Phu Quoc island in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.

Khau Vai Market in Ha Giang: A venue of broken romance
Khau Vai Market in Ha Giang: A venue of broken romance
TRAVELicon  21/07/2021 

There is a market in the Ha Giang Karst Plateau which is not a trading place but instead a meeting venue of couples who were in love but broke up in the end. 

The taste of turmeric: Thai Binh's banh nghe
The taste of turmeric: Thai Binh's banh nghe
TRAVELicon  22/07/2021 

Thai Binh Province is well known for its bánh nghệ (turmeric cake), a traditional rice-based cake that has existed for hundreds of years.

Travel firms look forward to safe tourism map of Vietnam
Travel firms look forward to safe tourism map of Vietnam
TRAVELicon  21/07/2021 

Many travel businesses are looking forward to the introduction of Vietnam’s safe tourism map to “live in peace” with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tan Thanh Pagoda – a spiritual boundary marker in the north
Tan Thanh Pagoda – a spiritual boundary marker in the north
TRAVELicon  21/07/2021 

Tan Thanh Pagoda near the Tan Thanh border gate which borders China features authentic Vietnamese architecture.

A unique side dish from Binh Dinh
A unique side dish from Binh Dinh
TRAVELicon  20/07/2021 

Pickled shrimps are among the most popular side dishes in Vietnam’s central coast region. However, it is the version in Binh Dinh Province that is most appealing to food lovers because of its distinctive flavor.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN