Danang Center For Tourism Promotion
In Da Nang, the Co Tu ethnic group mainly lives in Ta Lang, Gian Bi (Hoa Bac commune) and Phu Tuc villages (Hoa Phu commune). In which, there are over 250 Co Tu households in Ta Lang and Gian Bi villages.
For Co Tu people, Guol (stilt house) is a communal house which is not only a sacred space, but also considered the soul of the village. The common house clearly showcase the talent of folk artisans and the multidimensional cultural values of the Co Tu people.
The “Tung tung da zá” dance or the dance of offering to the heaven has been closely reflected the spiritual aspiration of the Co Tu people for many years. The movements in the “Tung tung da zá” dance simulate daily routines of the Co Tu people such as harvesting, catching fish, hunting animals and festivals …
The “Tung tung da zá” dance is often performed in community events, festive occasions, Buffaloes stabbing, harvert fests, building villages, building Guol houses, twinning ceremonies between village,…. as a way for Co Tu people to connect the earth with the universe, the ancestors, gods and expressing respect and gratitude to the the village land reclaimer and the village founder.
Huyen Hoa Vang, Da Nang, Vietnam
Danang Center For Tourism Promotion
Dishes of this ethnic minority group has similar ingredients with those of lowlanders such as vegetables, meat, and fish. However, the Co Tu people eat considerably a large proportion of meat in their meals.
Besides, Co Tu people use use of non-cultivated foods, of which wild fruits and vegetables are popular. Included are bamboo shoots, eggplants, luffa, cassava leaves, and Indian taros.
One of the specialties of the Co Tu people is ‘com lam’ (rice cooked in bamboo tubes). In order to prepare for this dish, the bamboo chosen should be fresh and young so that the new membrane inside the tube can wrap the rice, adding it a special flavour, fragrance, and sweetness.
Sticky rice will be cleaned and soaked in water for several hours. Then, it will be carefully added into bamboo tubes, and the open ends of the bamboo tubes will be sealed with banana leaves.
Lastly, the tubes will be chargrilled on medium heat, and turned every few minutes until it smells pleasant.
Meanwhile, there are many ways to cook meat and fish. Most popularly, they are grilled directly on wood stoves or marinated with spices and then grilled into bamboo tubes as the same way to make ‘com lam’.
These amazing dishes are often served with typical salt which is pounded with chilies and forest peppers. Besides, there are two unique types of salt that are made from red wild ants and termites.
In order to make these types of salt, this ethinic minority group has to go deep into the forest to find red wild ants and termites. These wild tiny animals will be fried before being grinded with a very spicy chili, some herbs, and salt.
The uniqueness comes from the acid inside the bellies of these wild animals. The acid is like lemon combine with salt, along with the chilies, and the herbs make the salt a wonderful dip.
In addition to above-mentioned foods, the Co Tu people boast such specialties as grilled chickens, stir-fried cassava leaves, pork cooked in bamboo tubes, ‘la don’ (wild leaves) stir fried with minced garlic.
Most notably, ‘ruou can’ (rice wine drunk out of a jar through pipes) which is produced in the Phu Tuc Village is considered as indispensable drink in the meals of the Co Tu people.
In order to preserve the traditional craft of their ancestors, the Hoa Phu Commune authorities has cooperated with the municipal Department of Industry and Trade and the Department of Health to pay a special attention to ensuring the best quality of ‘ruou can’, and register a trademark for ‘Ruou Can Phu Tuc’. As a result, the product was recognised as high-quality product by the Viet Nam Standards And Quality Institute in 2016.
Apart from ‘ruou can’, the Co Tu people also make other wine known as ‘Ta Vat’, ‘Ta Din’, and ‘May Voi’.
Alăng Như Homestay
Alăng Như Homestay is located in Trun Bi village (Hoa Bac commune, Hoa Vang district) and owned by Mr. Dinh Van Nhu, a son of Gian Bi village.
The design of homestay is inspired by the model of a duplex stilt house. Of which, the ground floor serves as the living room, dining and common areas while the 2nd floor acts as a large bedroom separated by curtains. The owner has fully utilized local materials such as bamboo, wood, stone and traditional Co Tu utensils for interior and exterior decorations.