Green rice or com is one of my recent in Vietnam. Because I had always visited Hanoi in the month of February, I had never come across this dish before. My friend Lit took me on this moped to an old lady who was known for working with green rice, com on Lit.
Com or green rice is eaten pure in North Vietnam and is a true delicacy. It is only available around the hot month of August. When there is a fresh breeze and in the morning dew bangs over the rice fields, this rice can be harvested. The rice is not coloured and is not cooked. There are not- yet – mature grains of rice which are roasted over a low heat and are then flattened. The dish is traditionally served on a lotus leaf and has a slightly nutty taste. The little village of Vong is known for it is green rice. During the summer festival in August green rice is offered at the family alter. This dish is prepared with a great deal of care. To retain the fresh colour and the aroma, and to remove the skins, this rice has to be flattened several times according to an established pattern.