Dai Cuisine With Special
Dai dishes are rich in national flavour
and local colour, and form a unique school of Yunnan cuisine.
The ways of preparing their dishes included grilling, steaming,
chopping and pickling, altogether 120 varieties. As for the
characteristics of the taste, they can be summed up as being
sour, pungent, and fragrant. The flavor of glutinous rice
cooked in bamboo, fish grilled with sweet grass, chicken boiled
with sour bamboo shoot and fried moss are beyond telling in
language or writing unless you taste them yourself.
About a kilometre south of the county seat
Yunjinghong, there is a picturesque Dai village called Manjinglan.
There is Manjinglan Dai Nationalities Flavor Food Street.
Here in recent years the Dai people opened many restaurants
for tourists. After having feasted their eyes on the beautiful
scenery of Xishuangbanna, they would taste the various Dai
dishes such as the grilled fish wrapped in lemon grass, the
glutinous rice cooked inside the hollow of the bamboo stalk,
steamed minced pork wrapped in banana leaves, steamed brain
of pig, deep fried banana and moss... Following we shall recommend
some of these important Dai dishes.
Fragrant Bamboo Rice
Also called bamboo stalk rice, it is made
from November to February of the next year when the bamboo
is fully grown. Rice is then put inside the hollow of the
bamboo stalk and cooked over an open fire till it is done.
The bamboo rice is fragrant in smell, soft and fine in texture.
It is usually used to entertain guests as staple food.
Fish Boiled With Sour Bamboo Shoots
Sour bamboo shoots, indispensable in the
Dai kitchen, can be used as seasoning ingredient or as a dish.
The Dai people take young bamboo shoots in spring, cut them
into fine slices and pickle them. Fish boiled with sour bamboo
shoots is a favorite dish of the Dai. To prepare it, fry the
sour bamboo shoots for a short while, add suitable amount
of water, and when the water boils, put the cleaned fish into
the sour soup. When the fish is done, add some green pepper.
The dish is ready in a moment. It is tasty and appetizing.
Chicken, spare ribs and beef can be cooked in the same way.