VietNamNet Bridge – The northernmost province in the country is no longer a “remote area” in the tourism sense of the word. Toxic, medicinal: Au tau, scientifically known as Aconitum, is a root found in high mountainous areas. Residents of Ha Giang Province use it au tau root and soak it in local wine. The mixture is used for massage or curing minor pain. It is also used to make a rice porridge unique to the province. – Photos hagiangonline.com Ha Giang is now known all over the world for its spectacular landscapes including golden terraced rice fields, limestone peaks and outcrops, valleys of flowers and the cultural diversity of its ethnic minority communities, who comprise almost 90 per cent of its population. With such a multi-cultural makeup, it is not surprising that Ha Giang’s cuisine reflects the diversity and many of the dishes found here are unique, and some of the have become well known, like thang co (simmered horse meat and offal), thang den (boiled glutinous rice dumplings stuffed with mung beans) and grilled algae. But there is one dish which is very popular among locals and easy to find, but visitors, especially those making their debut in the province, find it intimidating because it is called “poisonous porridge.” One of its main ingredients gives the dish a bitter taste, and people warn you that it can cause harm if not made well, but its popularity and ubiquitous presence in the city shows it is worth checking out….