Salted Dried Fruits (O Mai)

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Salted Dried Fruits (O Mai)

Salted Dried Fruits (O Mai) is favored by most Vietnamese people, especially women. In Tet, O Mai is an indispensable snack in the list must buy off most Hanoi people to welcome guests in Tet occasion. All people gather, talk and enjoy O Mai with a cup of lotus tea has been considered as Hanoi traditional culture.

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It is one kind of jam but not the liquid form and served with bread; O Mai is mainly in dried form. O Mai is a harmonious combination of salty of salt, sweet taste of sugar, crisp taste of licorice, pungent taste of fresh ginger and particular natural flavor of fruits. The main ingredient to make O Mai include a wide variety of fruits such as apricots, plums, peach, kumquat, star fruit, mango, jackfruit Dra conto Elum, tamarind to ginger, carrot, sweet potato…along with some condiments like chili, ginger, licorice, sugar, salt, lime, alum.  As increasing demand and different taste of customer, O Mai makers are now adding more fruits from all regions to adapt the traditional recipe

Salted Dried Fruits (O Mai)
Stir-fried Salted Dried Fruits

From favorite fruits to most Vietnamese people, but to have color and particular flavor, each processing facility in Hanoi has traditional unique “know-how” kept by many family generations.

To make Ô Mai with not only eye-catching but also delicious and unforgettable flavors requires the meticulous and delicate process. From selecting, sorting fruits, soaking to brewed salted, drying. From the same fruits but interestingly under the skillful hands and creativity of O Mai makers, we can find lots of flavor like kind of sour,  sweet – spicy – bitter – salty – sweet mixed in harmony together to bring unforgettable flavor for anyone has a chance to enjoy this specialty.

Salted Dried Fruits (O Mai)
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Salted Dried Fruits in traditional medicine

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According to traditional medicine, O Mai has the cooling effect, relieves a cough, and it can be combined with many ingredients to treat pertussis, hoarseness, bronchitis, pharyngitis. In folk, O Mai has been used as medicine to treat a cough, anti-dry throat, sore throat, hoarse voice, under a method of decoction or keep in mouth. O Mai can be used along with honey or ginger for more effective especially coughs due to a cold or a sore throat.

Salted Dried Fruits (O Mai)
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Salted Dried Fruits Hang Duong

In Hanoi, Hang Duong Street is very famous for O Mai with its longstanding family tradition.  The most famous are Hong Lam (number 11) or Gia Loi (number 8) with full of types with the number up to several dozens. Interestingly, at these shop, you can feel free to taste all kind of O Mai before deciding buy the most favorite. O Mai is a delicious, affordable gift for your friends each time you came to Hanoi. Return home, in luggage, do not forget to bring along Hanoi flavor with a little sour – bitter – salty – sweet flavor of O Mai.

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