When Hollywood was searching for filming destination of Kong: Skull Island movie, for the picturesque landscapes, they found Ninh Binh. This destination is all the rage not only for its poetic and inspirational natural sceneries like Bai Dinh Pagoda, Tam Coc Bich Dong, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Cuc Phuong National Park but also for special dishes in Ninh Binh. Enjoying delicious dishes in Ninh Binh while discovering the quintessence in the land’s cuisine is absolutely amazing for your journey. Here is 7 must try dishes in Ninh Binh.
1. Goat meat
Goat meat in Ninh Binh better than other regions. What makes the dish more special than the others? It is the secret recipe to cook it and the way to add spices.To have a good goat meat dish, local people have to make many steps from the processing procedure to the mixture procedure. Goat meat must be fresh and crispy, served with herbs such as chili, ginger, citronella, lemon and seasoning powder. All these ingredients and spices are well-mixed with goat meat.
Goat meat – Top 7 dishes in Ninh Binh
Especially, there are many dishes from goat meat such as steamed goat meat, fermented goat meat or grilled goat meat. Goat meat is a delicious and nutritious dish as it is served with many precious fine herbs which are very good for people’s health.
2. Cassava vermicelli soup with eel
Apart from goat meat, cassava vermicelli soup with eel is one of the must try dishes in Ninh Binh. People wash eels very carefully with vinegar, removed the inside, mixed with spices such as onion, pepper, red chili and fish sauce. After that, they fry eels in hot oil until fragrant and yellow. Banana flower is cut into thin threads and soaked in salt water and then fried with mashed onion. Cassava vermicelli soup with eel is often served with betel leaf, ginger and sourness of lemon juice converge on the eel vermicelli bowl. The tantalizing aroma of the soup wafts everywhere, encouraging you to try it. It is difficult to ignore this wonderful delicacy when traveling to Ninh Binh.
Cassava vermicelli soup with eel – Top 7 dishes in Ninh Binh
3. Salad with fish raw
When coming to Ninh Binh Province, you can not ignore Salad with fish raw as it is considered as the most delicious specialty here. In order to prepare this dish requires a cooking process of many complex steps. Local ingredients must be balanced perfectly: fried glutinous rice, thin slices of eel, pepper, garlic, vinegar, chili, citronella. All ingredient create the unique taste and unforgettable flavor. Interestingly, this salad must be served with a local type of pâté which is just found in this province, but anywhere else.
Salad with fish raw – Top 7 dishes in Ninh Binh
4. Mountain snails
The range of limestone mountains at Tam Diep is home to this type of snails. Mountain snail often has from April to August, in the rainy season. Local people believe that eating this snail type is probably good for your health because the snails’ staple food is different sorts of mountainous plants, some of which are valuable herbs. There are many dishes from mountain snail such as mountain snails steamed with ginger, mountain snails fried with chilly and citronella, and salad.
Mountain snail – Top 7 dishes in Ninh Binh
5. Yen Mac fermented pork roll
Yen Mac fermented pork roll has appeared for a long time. It is a meat roll with a sweet, sour, salty and spicy taste. The main ingredients are minced pork, sliced pigskin and a mixture of seasoning and garlic. These contents are mixed thoroughly before being wrapped in banana leaves. After that, they are stored for natural fermentation process for three to five days in a cool place before eating. Yen Mac fermented pork roll is popular and many restaurants put the dish in the menu.
Yen Mac fermented pork roll – Top 7 dishes in Ninh Binh
6. Kim Son sticky wine
Kim Son is a coastal village locating in South area of Ninh Binh province. This land is famous for making wine. In order to make good wine, the techniques of raising and choosing rice are very significant. Under the skilled hands of local people, wine is made from rice combined with natural water and alcoholic ferment and called winter- spring wine or harvest-season wine. Another thing that makes the specification of Kim Son sticky wine is length – maintaining time. Wine is always maintained in different environmental conditions and weather to ensure the color and fragrance’s wine.
Kim Son sticky wine – Top 7 dishes in Ninh Binh
Kim Son wine is all the rage not only in South Vietnam but also the whole country, even overseas like Tokyo, Moscow or Perking. In 2004, this product is awarded gold medal “For public health”.
7. Burned rice
Being one of the special dishes in Ninh Binh, burned rice is what you must try for sure when visiting this land. You can find this specialty along National Route 1, in Ninh Binh City, and tourist attractions. Burned rice is made from cooked rice sliced into round shapes. After cooled down, the round slices are soaked into hot oil pan until they turn yellow. Local people crush pig and beef’s heart and kidney into thin slices and mixed with spices and ingredients like mushroom, carrot, tomato and onion. Then the mixture is well-fried and put into the burned rice bowl. What to distinguish burned rice in Ninh Binh and other regions is the way to fry rice and the sauce going with it.
Burned rice – Top 7 dishes in Ninh Binh
Every year, Ninh Binh attracts a large number of tourists. Ninh Binh boasts of the most majestic and impressive natural landscapes in Southeast Asia. It will be an interesting experience for you to discover Ninh Binh cuisine when traveling here as you can understand more about local people and Vietnamese culture.