My Long Rice Papers

My Long Rice Papers is a special food from the coconut growing area of Ben Tre.

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Coconut rice papers in My Long are famous as they are particularly fatty, tasty and aromatic when roasted over hot coals. The rice papers here are numerous with three main types: the normal rice paper with coconut but no milk; normal rice papers with milk but no coconut; special rice papers with coconut, milk and hens eggs. There is also another special rice paper that is used with other food such as meat, fish and shrimp.

Almost all rice paper stoves in My Long are located in Nghia Huan, but the most delicious rice papers are produced in Areas II and IV. The local residents reveal that the quality of the rice papers in My Long is higher than other areas due to the special soft rice and the good quality coconut milk that can only be found in My Long. Tellingly, My Long rice papers are not only well-known in the domestic market, but are also exported to other countries in the world.

Making rice paper begins at 3am, first the flour is soaked under water and the copra is taken from the coconut. The rice flour is then husked and mixed with the coconut milk. After that, the rice paper is coated in the early morning dew of the next day, and dried under natural sunlight.

The process seems easy, but requires the skillful hands and diligence of the local people. It is this combination of tradition and care which makes the rice papers of My Long so delicious and a favourite to many visitors.