ANN/VIET NAM NEWS – Viet Cuong village in the northern mountain province of Thái Nguyên’s Đong Hy district, Vietnam and its famous mien dong (noodles made from edible canna roots) have confirmed their reputation since the products were included in the 20 national five-star OCOP products in 2020.
Canna noodle household producers in Viet Cuong are gradually changing from using manual production methods to applying modern techniques such as automatic rolling and cutting machines, dough beaters and semi-automatic drying systems to increase output and quality.
The goods’ quantity and quality have increased significantly meeting demands of domestic and foreign markets with many products of the craft village confirming its five-star standards in the OCOP Viet Nam quality requirements.
Viet Cuong canna noodles are delicious. Even if they have already been cooked in the morning and are only warmed up until noon, the noodles won’t become mushy. These features are what define the trademark of these glass noodles.
The glass noodles are made from sweet and purple edible canna roots grown in the forests of Thái Nguyên and are produced under strict quality processes, ensuring food safety and hygiene.
Every year, the noodle makers produce from May until near Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. Currently, the village has about 35 households engaged in noodle production.
No one is exactly sure when the traditional glass noodles first appeared in Viet Cuong Village, Hóa Thuong Commune, but, according to local villagers and authority officials, the dish has been made for more than 50 years.
Vice chairman of the Hóa Thuong People’s Committee Nguyen Xuân Loc told langngheviet.vn that the locality prioritised the traditional occupation and handicraft services.
The restoration and development of the traditional craft in Viet Cuong has been mobilised among locals for long time but a lack of investments have hindered the work until 2007 when Nguyen Văn Ba, a local young villager bravely established the Viet Cuong Glass Noodles Cooperative, according to Nông Nghiep Viet Nam (Viet Nam Agriculture) newspaper.
After more than 12 years of operation, the cooperative has built a strong brand in the market. The total cooperative personnel includes 25 members and 20 regular employees.