Last updated by jasmine at 2013-11-4
The residents of Xishuangbanna mainly belong to Dai Minority. Dai ethnic cuisine, renowned among Yunnan Cuisine, is take sticky rice, sourness, grill and aquatic products as the principal things and seasoned with wild flavor. The representative dishes are Fragrant Bamboo Rice, Boiled Fish with Pickled Bamboo Shoot and Chili and Fish Grilled by Fragrant Grass and Charcoal.
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The most popular pepper sauce is Tomato Nanmi. Tomato Nanmi is made from small, sour tomato and hot pepper. The hot pepper will be first roasted till the skin becoming burnt slightly with a special fragrance. Then the pepper skin will be removed and some ingredients like wild coriander, fragrant nuts and some other condiments will be added to make sauce. If small crabs are added, such a Nanmi is also called Crab Nanmi.
Rice Cooked In Fragrant Bamboo
Fragrant Bamboo Rice is also called Kaolan in Dai language. This food is especially cooked in bamboo tubes with pleasant smell. When finished cooking, the bamboo membrane inside the bamboo tube will stick to the rice after some beating the bamboo tube, then the tube is cut into halves, delicious Fragrant Bamboo Rice is just before your eyes.
Duosheng is a traditional dish made by mixing minced raw meat with condiments like salt and hot pepper. Ingredients are chicken, pork, fish and other wild animal meat. These meats is firstly cut into very small pieces, and then mixed with wild fragrant plants and pepper.
Meat Cooked In Bamboo
Meat Cooked in Bamboo is a famous dish of Hani Nationality. The way of cooking goes like this: firstly, meat is washed clean and cut into pieces, and then it is mixed with ginger, pepper, wild Chinese prickly ash and salt. Secondly, such a mixture is put into a piece of bamboo whose opening is covered with plantain leaves and roasted in fire. Such a dish is fragrant and delicious.
Rouya could be the first surprising dish in Aini Nationality for strangers. The Aini people don’t think that fresh meat is not so nutritious; therefore they usually hang a piece of fresh meat out to attract flies to lie eggs on it. After a few days, maggots will appear on the meat, and then the Ainis beat the smelly meat with bamboo sticks to let those maggots fall off the meat. The maggots are collected and fried or toasted, thus coming the special favor.
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