Four Special Dishes of Lai Chau

Visitors to Lai Chau are enthralled by its stunning scenery and captivated by its simple yet unforgettable local cuisine.


Armpit pork and grilled meat

In the Northwest Highlands, pork dishes are a major attraction for tourists visiting Lai Chau. The cattle in this region is raised naturally, resulting in meat that is both firmer and more flavorful.

Four Unique Delicacies of Lai Chau

Armpit pigs are known for their delicious taste, and their meat is often used in traditional Chinese dishes.

The armpit pig is a breed of pig that people let loose in the forest to feed themselves. Each one usually weighs between ten to fifteen kilograms. They can be cooked in many different ways, such as baking, steaming, or stewing. Armpit pigs are known for their delicious taste, and their meat is often used in traditional Chinese dishes. It can be served as a main course, or as part of a larger meal.

Four Unique Delicacies of Lai Chau

Grilled meat is not just something to be enjoyed by tourists when they come to Lai Chau – it also makes for a wonderful gift for their relatives and friends. With its traditional spices and unique flavors of the Northwest Mountains, it is sure to be a hit with anyone who receives it.

The meat is hung on people’s stoves, using the heat of the fire from burning wood to make it firm. When needed, they simply need to take it down and heat it over the fire until the meat is tender and succulent. This traditional method of food preparation ensures the meat is kept juicy and flavorful.

Purple sticky rice

Purple sticky rice is a traditional dish of the Lai Chau people. Made from glutinous rice, this dish has large grains that give it a unique texture. Its striking purple hue comes from a special type of leaf, used not only for cooking but for treating intestinal diseases and promoting health. Stored in a wooden pot, the cooked rice is soft and fragrant, without sticking to the pot. Enjoy this traditional dish for its unique flavor and for its many health benefits.

Four Unique Delicacies of Lai Chau

Lam Nho

When people visit Lai Chau, they should not miss out on the Lam Nho dish. This is a unique dish that encapsulates the quintessence of the region. The main ingredient for this dish is usually either grilled buffalo meat or beef, thinly sliced and combined with chili, garlic, ginger, eggplant, and squash. It is then placed in a bamboo tube and cooked until tender, hence its name—Lam meaning “grilled” and Nho meaning “tender.” This gives the dish a very appetizing title!

Four Unique Delicacies of Lai Chau
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Ashen goby

This exquisite dish is made from a fish species found in the Tung Lam stream, which is renowned for its particularly delicious and chewy flavor. After seasoning, the fish is wrapped in moss and buried in hot ash – a process that, while appearing simple, is actually quite complex. When served, diners will savor the rich, aromatic taste of the fish combined with the spices and leaves typical of the majestic Northwest mountains.

Four Unique Delicacies of Lai Chau

Nestled amidst the rolling hills and plateaus, Lai Chau is a quaint town with imposing government buildings. It gives visitors the chance to experience the enchanting beauty of the Vietnamese countryside and gain insights into the local culture. They can also embark on a trekking or backpacking journey, or simply relax and unwind with a good book and a cup of local coffee.

The topography of the province is quite varied, with mountains, hills, and valleys. The highest peak is Pu Sam Cap, at an altitude of 3,143m.

Nature has endowed Lai Chau Province with remarkable physical features, such as Pu Sam Cap Cave, Gia Khau Cave, and Phieng Phat Hot Spring. The landscape of the province is highly varied, consisting of mountains, hills, and valleys. The highest point of the province is Pu Sam Cap, which stands at an altitude of 3,143m.

Lai Chau Province boasts eleven community tourism hamlets that follow five national community-tourism models, including San Thang in Lai Chau City, Sin Suoi Ho, Vang Pheo in Phong Tho District, and Hon and Si Thau Chai in Tam Duong District.

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