"Nuo mi" (glutinous rice) is the staple food among the Dong. In the autumn, southern Dong villages, such as in Congjiang county, are transformed to a mellow color of gold as rows and rows of towering drying racks are hung with harvested sheaves of glutinous rice. Because of its stickiness, glutinous rice can be conveniently eaten by hand, without chopsticks.
When Dong go off to the fields and mountains to work, or travel long distances in foot, they will always wear attached to their belt, a small round covered basket filled with glutinous rice. In a smaller wooden container, also tied to their belt, is a ready supply of salty hot sauce, made of smoked or pickled peppers, to accompany the rice.
On occasions like weddings, funerals and other celebrations, the most appropriate presents to give are two baskets of glutinous rice. In some Dong areas, such as Liping, cooked glutinous rice is dyed a blue-green and given as a wedding gift. The Dong in Rongjiang and other counties prepare a special "black-rice", dyed from the leaves of a certain tree, for a festival known as "Eat Black Rice".
For special events, glutinous rice is beaten to a paste in heavy wooden or stone containers. Family members take turns with the heavy pounding. Known locally as "baba", the resultant paste is formed into round patties. After drying, they become hard as rocks and can be stored for several months if placed in a bucket of cool water, changing the water daily. Before eating, a patty is placed on red coals until it softens, becoming bubbly and golden in color. One small cake is equivalent to several bowls of rice.
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