Coming to Thanh Kim in Sapa Vietnam, visitors not only enjoy excellent rice wine specialties but also have the opportunity to witness firsthand the process of making those precious drops of wine. The Red Dao people in Thanh Kim are very hospitable, just visiting the village, you will be warmly welcomed by everyone. They will lead you to visit the process and stages of winemaking. Thanh Kim rice wine is processed very elaborately, the raw material must be rice on the field. Especially, the traditional leaven yeast contains all the herbal flavors of the Northwest mountains.
The distillation process in Sapa Vietnam is also done entirely by hand. Upland rice is brought to dry; Wash and then put in the pot to cook for 5-6 hours. After that, local people take out the rice and let it cool; then mixed with crushed leaf yeast. Then, they put it in the jar for about 5-7 days. Once the rice has soaked in yeast, they will be transferred to another composting system; Add water and incubate for 8-10 days depending on the weather. Finally, that rice is put into wooden or cast iron drums and then distilled into alcohol.
It can be said that a cup of fragrant rice wine is not only the crystallization of rocky mountains, rice sprouts and traditional fermentation secrets, but also the “love yeast” of the Red Dao ethnic people here. If you have the opportunity to go to Sapa, once visit Thanh Kim district to enjoy this wonderful in Sapa Vietnam specialty.
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