What to eat with Xoi - Sticky rice

Xoi - Vietnamese glutinous rice dish - can be eaten with a savoury dish such as chicken, braised pork or fried Chinese sausage. These "add-ons" can range from things as simple as sesame seeds or coconut pieces to as complicated dish as cha com. Following are some of the most common "add-ons":

MUỐI VỪNG

Muoi vung - or salted sesame seeds - goes well with many types of xoi, especially those that do not involve oil in the making. The healthy fat in sesame seeds and peanut pieces are rich enough to complement the sticky starchy feel of most xoi. Muoi vung is great to combine with Xoi dau xanh (Xoi with mung bean) or Xoi lac (Xoi with peanut).

Muoi Vung

Muoi Vung complements well the plainest Xoi types

RUỐC/ CHÀ BÔNG

Ruoc/ Cha Bong or meat strings are also popular only after Muoi Vung. Not a choice for vegetarian, but Ruoc does not ring a meaty taste like the traditional dish that has pork or chicken. Ruoc is lighter in flavour and served well with Xoi dau xanh or Xoi dau den to balance the beany taste.

  Xoi Ruoc  

Ruoc is a popular topping in most Xoi types

HÀNH PHI

Hành phi or fried shredded scallions are often found in Xoi xeo or Xoi ngo only. The fatty and crispy feel does not only contrast and thus makes one enjoy the dish non-stop but also adds new color to the glossy yellow xoi. 

   Xoi Xeo   

Hanh phi commonly found in Xoi xeo or Xoi ngo

THỊT KHO TÀU

Braised caramelized pork is more popular seen in a traditional Vietnamese meal but many people enjoy it with plain Xoi. Thit kho tau is usually served with Xoi for lunch in a vendor with stools. Normally street vendors are not equipped with pot and pan so they will not be able to heat the meat.

      Braised pork      

Braised Pork for plain white Xoi

LẠP XƯỞNG

Chinese red sausage is like no other sausage types in the world - sweet and rather strong in flavour. It comes in different shapes but most are thin and when served with Xoi, they are sliced into thin pieces. Like Thit kho, Lap Suon is more often seen with plain rice.

        Xoi with Chinese Sausage        

Lap Xuong - Chinese Sausage with white Xoi

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