Soya sauce is a fairly popular condiment in daily meals of Vietnamese people. The sauce can be made in many places in Vietnam but the most delicious soya sauce hub should be Ban village in the northern province of Hung Yen, some 40km from Hanoi city.
Ban Soy sauce Village shot on the National Geographic Instagram account. Photo: Pham Ngoc Thach
The village is said to have its own traditional way of making the sauce which has gone through generations in Hung Yen. The use of rain water or water from a particular bore-well is said to be part of the “secret” behind this sauce, which is now known widely as tuong Ban (Ban soy sauce) or tuong lang Ban (Ban Village soy sauce).
Soybeans are soaked in water and dried before being baked well. Photo: VNA
Soya sauce makers have to wash the rice carefully then soak it in water and cooked into sticky rice, next scatter the sticky rice onto a large bamboo flat basket and dry it in an airy place until the rice turns yellow. Soy beans must be roasted until the bean is brown and then the beans are soaked in a clean jar for one week. After the beans have fermented, producers
Boiled rice is fermented in three days till it turns yellow with fungus. Photo: NDO
The soybeans are then baked with sand at a low temperature till they turn yellow with a sweet smell, and then being soaked again for a week. Photo: VNA
Mixing fermented rice. Photo: TTXVN
March to August is that time for the villagers, so expect to see hundreds of jars in diverse sizes filling yards in every household. Making soy sauce is not difficult but making Ban soy sauce is an art-form.
Fungus and salt is added, and the mixture is put in ceramic containers, covered tightly and dried in the sun for between two and six months. Some makers keep sauce up to two years
During the drying period, makers should stir the mixture every two days, but just for a minute. Photo: NDO
Sunlight is very important for sauce making process. The more sunlight it gets, the better taste it is. Photo: Pham Doan Quang
Ban Sauce in a traditional meals. Photo: Vietnamtourism.
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