One of the things for tourists to love Sapa more every time they set foot here is not only the beautiful natural scenery, but they also enjoy the 1-0-2 specialties of the Northwest mountains. There is Thang Co, there is sturgeon hot pot, there is buffalo meat in the kitchen, … and more especially, it is the standard Sa Pa clean vegetables that many tourists buy as gifts. Let’s find out what kinds of sapa vegetables are bought by tourists as gifts with Dung Ha Dry Food.

1. 5 kinds of specialty sapa vegetables bought as gifts?

Sapa clean vegetables are always the best quality products every time you come here. Many tourists even joked with each other that “We come to Lao Cai not only for nature, but we come here just to buy sapa vegetables as gifts for relatives”. It is not clear if this sentence has any hidden meaning, but it must be admitted that 10 people come here, only 9 people buy vegetables from Sapa to eat. Don’t keep people waiting any longer. Let’s shake hands and learn about these standard clean vegetables!

1.1 Sapa rock sprouts

The first list of Sapa specialty vegetables cannot fail to mention that is Sapa rock sprouts. This vegetable must be too unfamiliar to many consumers. It seemed that stone sprouts only appeared in old stories, but it is a famous specialty of the Northwest. This vegetable, in the past, was only for the powerful. But now, rock sprouts are an equal vegetable that everyone can use.


Visually, the rock sprouts look very similar to the green vegetables that I often eat. But the other point of the stone sprout is the large sheath, many branches, and quite few leaves. With these characteristics, many people will immediately associate the image of a sprouting stone.
Rock sprouts grow and are grown in cold high mountain places. You can only enjoy this Lao Cai specialty from November to March every year. Rock sprouts have a sweet taste, not bitter at all, very crispy and delicious.

1.1.1 Benefits of rock sprouts

Rock sprouts are said to be vegetables that contain many healthful nutritional values. Include:

  • Rich in fiber: Rock sprouts contain a lot of fiber. The fiber in vegetables is very good for the digestive system. Reduce the risk of diseases related to digestive problems, indigestion such as bloating, constipation, …
  • Strong antioxidant: Rock sprouts are a source of antioxidants such as: Vitamins C, E, Beta-carotene, … help protect cells from the attack of pathogenic bacteria.
  • Rich in nutrients: Rock sprouts provide rich vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, C, E, K, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, etc. to help keep the body healthy and prevent diseases.
  • Helps in weight loss: Ice sprouts are very low in calories. But in return, the rich fiber content will help you finish eating easily. Support you to lose weight but add enough energy for the body

However, you should use fresh ice sprouts. Pay attention to choose fresh plants, no signs of wilting, pests, … Need to wash before cooking, processing.

1.1.2 How to cook boiled stone sprouts to cool down on summer days

Rock sprouts are processed into many delicious and exotic dishes such as:

  • Boiled rock sprouts
  • Stir-fried rock sprouts with beef
  • Vegetarian Stir-Fried Sprouts
  • Salt and sour rock sprouts
Each dish brings a unique experience. But perhaps, the dish of boiled stone sprouts with fish sauce is the dish most people use. Let’s cook boiled stone sprouts together.
  • Ice Sprouts
  • Clean water


  • Soak rock sprouts with salt water to soften the sandy soil clinging deep in the vegetable crevices
  • Wash the rock sprouts thoroughly under running water
  • Using a knife, split the rock sprouts into small enough branches to eat
  • North on the stove a pot of water, proceed to boil water
  • Boiling water, put the stone sprouts in and boil for about 5 minutes, the sprouts are cooked enough
  • Take out the rock sprouts into the basket, drain the water
  • Mix a little soy sauce on a plate and dip the rock sprouts with soy sauce

Boiled stone sprout is finished, very simple, not difficult. Depending on the size of the large or small stone sprouts, you can increase or decrease the cooking time.

1.2 Sapa Sour Vegetables

Sapa sour vegetables is an indispensable dish in the dining menu of the indigenous people here. True to its name, sour vegetables have a mild sour taste, cool and a little sweetness lingers in the pharynx. Sapa sour vegetable is actually a raw vegetable. They are widely used in lowland cuisine. Sour vegetables will be served with dishes containing a lot of fat to reduce the taste of the dish such as: pork belly, roast meat, boiled pork belly, …


1.2.1 Nutritional value of sour vegetables

Sapa sour vegetables contain a lot of nutritional value and health benefits. Include:

  • Rich in Vitamin C: Sapa sour vegetables contain a rich content of Vitamin C. Helps strengthen the body’s immune system. Protects cells from free radical damage and helps the body absorb iron better
  • Strong Antioxidants: Powerful Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Beta-carotene and Ascorbic Acid, which help protect cells from free radical damage
  • Rich in fiber: Sapa sour vegetables contain a lot of fiber. Helps support digestion, promote gut health and reduce the risk of intestinal disease
  • Minerals: Sapa sour vegetables provide a lot of minerals for the body such as: Iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, calcium. These substances are really good for the development of bones and joints
  • Protects the heart: Reduces bad cholesterol, increases good cholesterol to prevent heart-related diseases

1.2.2 How to prepare Sapa Sour Salad

Vegetable salad is a simple but very nutritious and attractive dish. You can prepare sour vegetable salad as follows:
  • 1 bunch of sour vegetables
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1/2 cherry tomato
  • 1/2 shredded cabbage
  • 250ml roasted sesame sauce
  • 15g sweet corn
  • 1-2 slices of yellow bell pepper
  • 1-2 slices of red bell pepper


  • Pick up each part of young leaves of sour vegetables, wash them under clean running water to remove sandy soil. Drain and then cut into small pieces
  • Cucumber peeled, washed, sliced thin
  • Peeled carrots, washed, thinly grated
  • Cherry tomatoes washed, drained, halved
  • Shredded cabbage, washed, drained
  • Put: shredded cabbage + pickled vegetables + cucumber + carrots + roasted sesame sauce in a bowl. Wear plastic gloves, mix well to absorb the sauce
  • Put the salad on a plate, sprinkle 2 slices of yellow pepper + red pepper + sweet corn around
  • Cherry tomatoes to make it perfect

Thus, you have immediately completed a very simple and not too difficult to prepare vegetable salad.

1.3 Sapa cabbage

Cabbage is a specialty vegetable of the Northwest. This vegetable is also used a lot in the diet of the highland people. Spinach is grown a lot on the terraced mountains. It is called the flowering stem of the old vegetables. Cabbage is very beautiful, the most beautiful is located in the yellow canola flower. It is this flower that paints the Northwest natural scene more bright from the sun shining down.


Cabbage when eaten has a slight bitter taste. But it doesn’t matter, this bitter taste will be disappeared when you process gongs into dishes such as: stir-fry garlic, stir-fry beef. Cabbage has a sweet taste at the top, the stem has a slightly bitter taste, which is very strange.

1.3.1 Nutrition in spinach

Cabbage contains a lot of nutrients essential for health. Below are the nutritional values found in spinach:

  • Vitamin K: Excellent source of Vitamin K. An important vitamin that prevents blood clotting and reduces the risk of osteoporosis
  • Potassium: Very high amount of potassium. This amount of potassium helps balance water and electrolytes in the body. Supports heart health and reduces the risk of high blood pressure
  • Antioxidants: Broccoli is an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent the damaging effects of free radicals and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease
  • Minerals: Minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese,… Helps promote bone health, reduce the risk of anemia and balance the body’s metabolic activity.

1.3.2 How to prepare stir-fried cabbage with beef


  • 200g thinly sliced beef
  • Spinach
  • 2-3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • Spices: main noodles, seasoning seeds, monosodium glutamate, ground pepper,…


  • Put the beef in a bowl, add 1 cooking oil + 1 fish sauce + 1 seasoning + 1 MSG + 1 main noodle + 1 ground pepper, mix well to marinate for 15 minutes
  • Spinach cut off the stem, pick up the leaves, cut enough to eat
  • Put the radish in a pot, wash it with water
  • Put the pear pan on the stove, add cooking oil, wait for the oil to boil, then add the minced garlic and fry until it smells good
  • The garlic smells good, you pour the cabbage into the pan and stir it up with the garlic
  • Add seasonings + seasoning seeds + main noodles to the pan, stir for about 5 minutes and then remove to a plate
  • Continue using the pan, add cooking oil + minced garlic and fry up the smell
  • Quickly, pour the marinated beef into the pan evenly, take out the high heat for 7 minutes
  • Cooked beef, pour the cabbage on the plate into the island with the beef for about 3 minutes, then turn off the heat and remove to a plate

So you have finished the stir-fried cabbage with beef. Good luck!

1.4 Sapa’s mustard greens

Sapa cat cabbage is a very delicious and easy to eat cabbage. It is a main dish that appears very regularly in the dining table of the people of the Northwest highlands. Sapa cat cabbage has a very strong vitality. They can withstand weather temperatures from 0 – 5 degrees Celsius. Cabbage is often processed into delicious dishes such as boiled, fried beef, fried with garlic or used to eat hot pot.


Cabbage is very sweet and crunchy, not bitter at all. The difference when you cook cabbage to want to preserve the flavor is that you don’t use a knife to cut it. You will use your hands to break into segments with enough length to eat. Doing this will keep the full flavor of the cat’s wealth.

1.4.1 Nutrition in cruciferous vegetables

Cabbage contains a lot of nutrients that are beneficial to the body, including:

  • Fiber: Cabbage is rich in soluble and insoluble fiber. Helps improve digestive function and reduce the risk of intestinal disease
  • Vitamins: Cabbage contains a lot of Vitamins C and K. Helps strengthen the body’s immune system, increase resistance, and quickly restore health.
  • Minerals: Source of minerals Potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, … in catnip is very good for the bone and joint system.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Cabbage contains many anti-inflammatory substances. Reducing the risk of inflammatory diseases

1.4.2 How to cook cool boiled cabbage

Cabbage is a valuable source of nutrients. You can make many different dishes. For example: stir-fry, boil, cook soup or dip in hot pot. A cool dish for that summer day is the cooked cat cabbage soup. Let’s cook together:
  • Cabbage cat
  • Water


  • Clean catnip, cut off the stem
  • Use your hands to cut into pieces just enough to eat
  • North on the stove 500ml water, proceed to boil water
  • When the water is boiling, drop the cabbage in and boil it for about 5 minutes, flip it over and over again until the vegetables are cooked evenly
  • Take out the cat cabbage in the basket, drain the water
  • Pick up cat cabbage on a plate and dip it with fish sauce
  • Mustard vegetable juice, add a little sugar, mix well with rice

Boiled cauliflower is very simple, not too difficult or demanding. Cook the vegetables for just the right amount of time. If boiled too much, the vegetables will be overcooked and not delicious.

1.5 Sapa fresh vegetables

Root vegetables are an extremely new vegetable. Certainly very few people enjoy this specialty vegetable. But once you have eaten it, you will definitely have to crush it because of the flavor that this vegetable brings. Root vegetables rarely appear in the Northwestern rice tray. If you want to eat or enjoy them, you can only find restaurants and eateries in Lao Cai.


Vegetables when first eaten will have a slightly bitter taste. After chewing for a long time, the bitter taste will disappear and a little sweet taste will remain on the tip of the tongue. Vegetables start to merge when they are stewed or cooked in bone broth or minced meat soup. Vegetables are very good for the elderly, women, and children. In particular, this is also a very good quality folk remedy for drunkenness.

1.5.1 Nutrition in starter vegetables

Nutrition in vegetables can be mentioned as:

  • Vitamin C: 100g of root vegetables contains up to 30-40mg of Vitamin C which is very good for health
  • Vitmain K: 100g of root vegetables contains 177mcg of Vitamin K
  • Vitamin A: 100g of root vegetables contains 247IO Vitamin A is very good for the eyes
  • Potassium: 100g of root vegetables contains 303mg of Potassium
  • Calcium: 100g of root vegetables contains 150mg of calcium which is good for the bone and joint system

1.5.2 How to prepare vegetables with minced meat


  • 200g minced pork (minced)
  • 1 bunch of vegetables
  • Water: 800ml
  • Condiments: main noodles, seasoning seeds, fish sauce,…


  • Vegetables start picking up the rotten leaves and discarding
  • Wash the usable leaves, drain
  • Put 800ml of water in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil
  • When the water is boiling, you add the minced pork and stir it up with the water
  • Put 1 seasoning + 1 seasoning + 1 main noodle into the pot of broth, stir well
  • Finally, add the pre-prepared vegetables and boil them together with minced pork for about 20 minutes
  • During the boiling process, open the lid to avoid the vegetables creating a strong odor that is difficult to eat
  • Taste to see if it’s to your taste or not
  • If you are satisfied, turn off the heat, lower the pot, scoop the finished product into a bowl and enjoy it while the soup is still hot

Hopefully, the information about the nutritional value and how to process the sapa vegetables listed above will be of great help to tourists. Come to Sapa, enjoy them as well as shop a lot as gifts. Eating vegetables is extremely good for health and the digestive system is always healthy.


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