Bamboo Sticky Rice (Com Lam)

In Sapa, you may find bamboo sticky rice or "com lam" which is considered as a great food invention of tribe people, in many local markets and stilt villages.


Bamboo sticky rice is a simple but excellent dish, using glutinous rice cooked in bamboo tubes as the main ingredient. The sticky rice harvested on the hills is used to make Com Lam. Sticky rice is placed in a bamboo pipe with water. Ethnic people frequently utilize stream water and season it with salt for a more delectable taste. Banana leaves will then be used to seal the bamboo pipe before it is roasted over red embers or a hot fire. That procedure will take roughly 30 minutes to complete. After that, the cooked rice will be extracted from the tubes by breaking them with your hands.

Bamboo sticky rice is typically served with salty peanut crumbs, which is a delicious combination. If you are allergic to peanuts (or simply don't like them), you can substitute soy sauce for the peanut butter. Because the temperature in Sapa can be cool at night, eat the bamboo-tube rice while it is still hot to get the most out of its flavor.


Bamboo sticky rice was originally created as a type of nourishment for long journeys through the woods. Vietnamese ethnic people in Sapa can cook rice in a bamboo pipe instead of a pot after the journeys. With the passage of time, "lam" rice has gained popularity, and it is now preferred as an amazing blend of rice, stream water, and a subtle bamboo aroma.

Bamboo sticky rice is served with grilled chicken or Man pork in Sapa restaurants. When eating this dish, some sesame seeds and salt are required. Once in a lifetime, try the fine and hot "lam" rice in Sapa's winter weather.

Leading Bamboo Sticky Rice restaurants in Sapa:

Sapa Grilling Area – Cau May Street, Sapa Town
Bon Mua Restaurant – 09 Thac Bac Street, Sapa Town

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