Duong Lam ancient village (Son Tay, Hanoi) has long been attracting large number of domestic and foreign tourists to visit. Duong Lam ancient village is famous not only by having ancient houses with more than a century old; this ancient land also has rustic and delicious dishes.
Promoting the advantages of traditional crafts, part people here already know how to create tourism products contribute to enrichment on the homeland. Doi candy (Keo Doi), peanut candy (Keo Lac), sesame candy (Keo Vung) or Che Lam are the famous specialties from Duong Lam ancient village.
Visiting Duong Lam ancient village, everyone knows to brand Hien Bao that producing peanuts candy, sesame candy and Doi candy of Mr. Cao Van Hien family (Dong Sang village, Duong Lam commune). Products of his family has been branded on the market, are presented not only in the local stores, but also to the provinces nearby. Especially products of his family also won first prize of the "tourism products in Duong Lam ancient village" contest organized by the International Cooperation Agency of Japan JICA. With people in Duong Lam, Doi candy has become a part of hometown flavor and entered in the many songs and poems.
Legend has it that in the 17th century, Queen Mia who born and grew up in Duong Lam village, an imperial concubine of King Trinh Trang, Built the Mia pagoda and taught Duong Lam people how to plant sugar cane (called Mía in Vietnamese) and make candy. With sweet taste of sugar cane, local created and developed many kind of candy.
Ingredients to make candy are very simple, candies are often made from malt, sugar and peanuts, but the difficulty lies in feats of who makes it. Making candy requires workers must be in
good health to make the cover of the candy. Because after cooking, malt becomes very thick and hard to stir. The malt need to have a certain elasticity, can not be too hard or too soft to have good quality candies. After that the malt is laminate to become thin, the peanuts are spread and the last step is roll the malt to cut in to the roll shape.
Under the help of JICA Company, the products from Duong Lam ancient village are meet the demand of the market in both quality and cover. The candy from Duong Lam village is become a specialty of Vietnam that be exported to Japan – a very difficult market. The cover of the candy from Duong Lam village is also very specific with the image of Duong Lam village gate. Peanut candy is not only meaningful with Vietnamese people; remind them about their hometown, but also a very special gift for the foreigner tourist.