The color of the Gio cake in Tam Dao is very different from other places. Though many visitors have never once tried Gio cake, they also want to taste when seeing the yellow cake layer revealing behind the other leaves. About food and drinks, thanks to good ingredients, soaking rice secret, and how to determine time to wrap and parboil cake appropriately, Gio cake has wonderful color and flavor.
About Gio cake in Tam Dao
Each year, in addition to the Lunar New Year, Tay Dinh villagers in Tam Dao are also excited about the other major festival take place on 12th august follow lunar calendar, also known as the village party. This big occasion is indispensable Chung and Gio cake. Two types of cakes are the traditional belief ingraining in the culture of Vietnamese, and also demonstrate the harmony of positive and negative.
Making Gio cake in Tam Dao consider to be a necessary ritual that every woman have to know when into adulthood. With the available materials in the garden, girls can show off their talents with their family.
Preparing glutinous rice carefully and then cleaning it with water. The next step is soaking sticky rice in the lime water. After two hours pick the rice up, waiting to dry rice. Finally, soaking it in the sunny water a night. The sticky rice soaked in sunny water for a long time will get the amber color. Therefore, Gio cake is still called sunny cake.
How to make it
Gio’ water in Tam Dao is made the same as in the other areas, however not that only using the coal of mistletoe, stem dry sesame leaves.
Chit leaves are used to wrap cake, and before wrapping have to boiled it carefully. Need 2 to 3 Chit leaves to wrap a Gio cake. Put some rice into the mid of Chit leaves have dried, staging rice following the long shape, and then wrapping cake by soft crackers. The reasonable size of Gio cake is more than three inches. With this size, just about three hours cake will be riped.
When peeling the leaves of Gio cake, cutting cake into the circles, looking them so beautiful. In the process making Gio cake, Tay Dinh villagers especially concerned about how to remove fat, so the quality of cake makes the inhabitants in Tay Dinh village proud of.