Kon Tum has a type of spring roll with more than 30 types of leaves and is a famous specialty of the Central Highlands.

 

Many people hear about leaf salad in Kon Tum and think it’s probably some raw vegetables rolled with vermicelli or rice paper. However, it is a completely separate type of salad and uses more than 30 types of leafy vegetables to roll with shrimp and meat.

Kon Tum has a type of spring roll with more than 30 types of leaves and is a famous specialty of the Central Highlands.

People say that if you go to Kon Tum and have not enjoyed leaf salad, you should not return. Because this dish has the essence of the mountains and forests with a tray full of leafy vegetables neatly arranged on the table. When enjoying, from choosing the leaves, taking the side dishes or rolling the salad, you have to carefully do it with your hands to get it right.

Photo source: @phuc.lh1990.

Photo source: @phuc.lh1990.

The reason it is called leaf salad is because this dish only looks like leaves and leaves. It is estimated that each tray of authentic leaf salad in the Central Highlands will have from 30 to 70 different types of leaves. Some types are only found in the Central Highlands such as brocade leaves, red prong branches, bear bile, bamboo leaves, great compassion leaves… or leaves that are easier to find such as gooseberry leaves, pentaphyllum leaves, fig leaves, guava leaves. , mango leaves, polyscias fruticosa, crab claws, perilla leaves, apricot leaves, mustard leaves…

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Photo source: @tungngv07, @thiennguyen1012.

Besides many different types of leafy vegetables, the leafy salad tray also comes with a cup of dipping sauce made from fermented sticky rice, brewed with dried shrimp, pork belly and then pureed with batches, satay and other spices. Along with that is an accompanying plate of food including thinly sliced ​​boiled pork belly, shrimp, and boiled pork skin placed in the middle of a tray of leafy salad adjacent to a plate of salt and green chili.

Photo source: Phunuonline.

Photo source: Phunuonline.

The way to enjoy leaf salad is also quite elaborate and not monotonous. First, people will use an apricot leaf to roll it into a small funnel, then add about 5-7 different types of leaves, place on a slice of boiled meat, pork skin, shrimp, then pour in dipping sauce and add a little green chili. or green pepper. Then put it in your mouth and enjoy it at once. Next time, you will eat other leaves in the tray. However, people will not roll many types of leaves to eat at the same time, but will only roll about less than 10 leaves at a time to fit the mouth and make it easier to hold.

Photo source: Internet.

Photo source: Internet.

The leaf salad stands out with the characteristic flavor of the leaves mixed with the unique sour, acrid, spicy, and strong dipping sauce. Therefore, many people just sit and eat salad rolls over and over again.

Thanks to the variety of leaves, when eaten, it creates a cool, soothing feeling in the throat, so this dish, although rustic, has become a famous specialty in the mountains and forests of the Central Highlands, not only in the Central Highlands. in Kon Tum city. So, if you have the opportunity to come here, remember to try this spring roll dish with more than 30 different types of leaves once!