Xo Dang people show off their talents with chefs in Ngoc Linh ginseng capital

There are 22 teams participating in the contest, including 11 teams from 11 communes in the area and 11 guest teams who are chefs of famous competition teams from the Central Highlands provinces, Ho Chi Minh City, Bac Lieu, Kien Giang. …


The contest attracted many Xo Dang people and professional chefs to participate (Photo: Tu Mo Rong District People’s Committee).

The competition is divided into 2 groups, in which group A has the participation of 11 teams from 11 communes, group B has 11 guest teams. Each competing team cooks at least 5 main dishes, including 3 mandatory dishes using ginseng (a specialty medicinal plant of the district) and 2 buffet dishes based on region.

At the contest, experts, professional chefs and Xo Dang ethnic people cooked many dishes made from the ginseng plant.

The contest aims to introduce typical dishes of the Xo Dang people. From here, indigenous people and chefs create more nutritious dishes from ginseng specialties and medicinal herbs in Kon Plong district, Kon Tum.

This is also an opportunity for businesses to learn about investment opportunities, purchasing and processing medicinal herbs. At the same time, connect tourism activities to experience culture and explore the national treasure tree Ngoc Linh ginseng.

Ms. Y Oanh (Xo Dang person, officer of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs of Dak Ha commune) and Ms. Luong Thi Thanh (Thai person, Cultural officer of Dak Ha commune) brought to the contest a number of specialty dishes such as salad, sweet soup, pork trotters cooked with ginseng, boiled cassava, stir-fried noodle leaves, wild banana flower salad…


Chicken hotpot stewed with ginseng is considered a specialty dish in the ginseng capital Ngoc Linh (Photo: Tu Mo Rong District People’s Committee).

Ms. Y Oanh confided: “At home, I opened a small restaurant. In my free time, I often cook many specialty dishes to entertain guests and invite people in the village to enjoy. Thanks to that, everyone can give suggestions to keep the dish’s original taste and add creativity to the dish.”

“At the competition, I had the opportunity to learn from professional chefs’ experiences in cooking and preparing ingredients. I hope that in the future, local people like us will be able to cook many delicious and nutritious dishes to serve tourists coming here to experience,” Ms. Y Oanh shared. ‎


Many tourists like the dish of mice eating ginseng in the Ngoc Linh mountains (Photo: Tu Mo Rong District People’s Committee).

Mr. Vo Trung Manh, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Tu Mo Rong district, shared that nature has gifted this land with many precious medicinal herbs, especially Ngoc Linh ginseng, ginseng…

Since ancient times, Xo Dang people have prepared many delicious dishes from these precious medicinal herbs. The recipe for making dishes from ginseng will be printed into a book by the district to introduce it to people nationwide to know, use, and improve their health.

Through the contest, the locality hopes that the Xo Dang ethnic people will have the opportunity to learn more recipes for preparing native dishes, suitable for tourists’ tastes. From there, people can proactively cook and serve tourists coming to the area, creating revenue and improving their lives.


Through the contest, Xo Dang people had the opportunity to exchange and learn experiences from professional chefs (Photo: Tu Mo Rong District People’s Committee).

Integrating into the competition, the Organizing Committee invited experts and professional chefs to open training classes to improve traditional food preparation and presentation skills for Xo Dang people.

On this occasion, Tu Mo Rong district gave a gift to tourist Nguyen Dang Hien – the 10,000th visitor to Tu Mo Rong in 2023.

Within the framework of the contest, from December 7 to December 8, there will also be gong and oval dance competitions.

According to Mr. Vo Trung Manh, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Tu Mo Rong district, in the area, the proportion of Xo Dang ethnic people accounts for 95%. This is an extremely unique cultural treasure. In recent years, the district has had many policies to preserve the gong culture of the Xo Dang people such as donating gongs to villages and teaching gong playing for free.