Ninh Binh is a beautiful and historical land with various attractions ranked as the world’s heritages. Together with the picturesque landscapes of Nature like Tam Coc-Bich Dong Caves and Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex and the inspiring history lessons, the destination owns several symbolic dishes that people first think of it whenever they hear. What are the top things to eat in Ninh Binh Vietnam? Here are the answers.
#1: Goat Meat
You might find many food choices in Ninh Binh, but just don’t miss the goat meat by all means. The local goat meat has the better taste than elsewhere due to the two big facts: It has the limestone ranges to raise the mountain goats and the residents hold the secrets of processing and mixing the dish. The typical plate of Ninh Binh Goat Meat includes slices of goat meat served with ginger, lemon, chili, citronella, and some other kinds of herbs and spices. The rare goat meat is mixed well with herbs to create the nutritious and yummy dish that is also very healthy.
The goat meat is a specialty to eat during the Vietnam Tour Packages to Hoa Lu. Going through some complex procedures, the rare goat meat in Hoa Lu includes no strong smell. Rather, the meat is fresh and delicious to be served with herbs and dipped into the soy sauce with ginger. This is a great dish and also a remedy to invigorate your body status.
#2: Burned Rice
This special food is made from the cooked rice divided into the round slices. Once cooled down, the slices of rice are deep-fried in the hot oil pan until they become yellow. The mixture to be fried and added to the burned rice bowl includes the ingredients of the sliced beef, pig’s heart and kidney, tomato, carrot, mushroom, and onion. The completion is the crunchy burned rice. This is the unique crispy snack of the land which is surely the top item to buy when you travel to Ninh Binh.
Made 100% from the unmixed rice, the Ninh Binh Burned Rice is exceptional and different. The light yellow color of the fried rice and the glutinous taste can enchant the foodies of all ages. It’s easy to find the booths selling the burned rice throughout the destination, such as Bai Dinh Pagoda, Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, and Tam Coc. Make sure you buy several packets of the burned rice before heading home.
#3: Mountain Snail
This is the new specialty of Ninh Binh which has recently attracted the foodies. This kind of snail is very rare because it only lives inside the stone holes. During the rainy season (from April to August), it moves out to find food and give birth. The mountain snail is present in almost corners of Ninh Binh, but most crowded at the limestone ranges of Tam Diep, Yen Mo, and Nho Quan. Caught in the early morning, the snail meat remains fresh and sweat. The mountain snails are ideal ingredients for the grilled, stir-fried with tamarind sauce, boiled with ginger, mixed salad with onions, etc. Every dish with this rare kind of nails is just delicious.
#4: Eel Vermicelli
Any food tour to Ninh Binh would be incomplete if you miss the appetizing eel vermicelli. Once the eels are made clean, they are spiced with chili, onion, pepper, and fish sauce. Then, the mixture is deep-fried until the eels turn yellow, fragrant, and crispy. After that, the slices of banana flowers will be soaked for 5-7 minutes in the salt water and then fried in the hot oil together with the mashed onions. The completion includes the yummy broth, eel slices, vermicelli, ginger, lemon juice, etc., creating a mouth-watering bowl.
It’s up to the patrons’ preferences to add some other spices like salted shrimp paste, chili, fish sauce, etc., to the bowl. The perfect combination of eels and vermicelli makes this soup a must to eat in Ninh Binh, and it is worth thousands of compliments.
#5: Sticky Rice with Ant Eggs
Nho Quan is the limestone and mountainous area in Ninh Binh where has lots of brown ants with eggs which turn to be the delicious ingredients for the sticky rice dish. On the second month of the Lunar Calendar every year, the locals start the habits of collecting the ant eggs. The eggs are later soaked in the warm water, let dry and be spiced to create this unique dish. The sticky rice with ant eggs is the special gift that Nature gives to people and Ninh Binh land. It’s hard to forget the taste once savored.
#6: Lai Thanh (Kim Son) Rice Wine
Fermented from the high-quality sticky rice, with the sophisticated and careful procedure, the Lai Thanh Rice Wine has been convincing the visitors of their values. The longer the wine is, the better it tastes. People even say that they can recognize and be attracted by the fragrance of the wine from hundreds of meters. Bottles of the Lai Thanh Rice Wine are the top things to buy in Ninh Binh, and you will soon realize that the other tourist followers also buy the same bottles.
#7: Gia Vien Shrimp Paste
The paste of shrimp reflects the Ninh Binh cuisine, of which the locals use the small types of shrimp (called “tép” in Vietnamese) as the main ingredient to be fermented. After the processing, they seal the jars of the fermented shrimp for at least one month. Then, the complex is cooked before eating. The paste is sweet, succulent, and appetizing. Certainly, you can find many small jars of shrimp paste in Ninh Binh to bring home.
Anybody that used to taste one of the top 7 dishes in Ninh Binh above all wishes to come back to the destination to try them again. Ensuring that you will not have an empty stomach when sightseeing the wonderful Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, make sure you order a plate of the rare goat meat or a bowl of eel vermicelli. Don’t miss any opportunity to discover the local cuisine of Ninh Binh so that your trip becomes complete indeed!
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