Ninh Binh eel vermicelli - an unforgettable dish

Update: 29/11/2022
Referring to Ninh Binh cuisine, people will immediately remember goat meat, crust rice... But besides that, Ninh Binh eel vermicelli is also considered a specialty that you must try when coming to this land.

To get a really delicious bowl of eel vermicelli, the hardest part is how to choose delicious, high-quality eels. Eel nuggets are the selected type of glider, although a bit small, but strong and fat, with a pink-brown back, yellow belly, fragrant and firm meat. After selecting the best eels, it is necessary to clean the eels to make sure there is no slime, carefully cut the eels to remove the intestines and the eel body is not crushed. After evisceration, the eel must be marinated meticulously in the right time to bring out the best taste. Eel meat is cut into small pieces, seasoned with spices and then rimmed.

The second difference that makes Ninh Binh's own brand of eel vermicelli lies in the pot of broth. The broth that wants to be delicious must be cooked from the eel bones, after filtering the meat, the eel bones must not be thrown away, but put in the broth, simmered with the bones for a long time, skimming continuously so that the water retains its clarity and taste. natural fat. Thanks to that, when the bowl of eel is brought out, the broth is dark brown, thick and extremely delicious and mouth-watering.

Another difference is that Ninh Binh eel vermicelli is also served with banana flowers, sliced fresh and some other vegetables. In addition, the vermicelli also needs to choose the type that is made from pure, unadulterated tapioca root with small, even and transparent fibers. The vermicelli noodles are washed briefly with boiling water, then dipped into the pot of water for the vermicelli to bloom, imbued with the rich flavor of the broth and then put in a bowl.

The chewy vermicelli, the eel meat is small but very firm and fragrant, the rich broth and the aroma of banana flowers will make visitors remember forever about this idyllic but loving gift. If you have the opportunity to visit Ninh Binh, enjoy this delicious dish!

Source: Translator: Hai Van; Photographer: Xuan Lam
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