Com Chay – Rice Crust. Although rice crust has long been a familiar dish to many people both foreign visitors and Vietnamese, that offered by Ninh Binh will certainly astonish you from the first bite. Rice crust has made its own brand in Ninh Binh and it regarded as one of the most impressive specialities in the area. The taste is absolutely tempting and irresistible. The crispiness of the deep fried rice and a little bit of spiciness in combination with the salted shredded meat as the topping are a perfect experience of taste that a dish of common food can create.
De Tai Chanh – Undercooked Goat Meatwith Lime.For its specialty, it is not coincident when goat meat is chosen as one special dish of so many places in the country and there is no exception when it becomes the main ingredient in the widely-known undercooked goat meat with lime of Ninh Binh province. Right after setting foot to Ninh Binh, brave yourself and be prepared because you will be astonished and surprised of how many goat meat restaurants there are in Ninh Binh. This only is enough to explain the excessive popularity of goat meat here. The meat must be rightly stewed with citronella until it is fairly undercooked, then be sliced and citronella after being stewed will be cut to pieces with ginger, chilli, sesame and lime leaves to make spices for the meat. Only by hearing is it tempting enough, trying it therefore, must be a great experience.
Canh Chua ca Ro – Sweet and Sour Anabas soup. Despite being a quite common dish, sweet and sour anabas soup or broth is still a special dish that you may try when going to Ninh Binh. Fish is carefully stewed in the broth made of sour tomatoes and dracontomelum.
Mien Luon – Eel Rice Vermicelli. It may sound funny but i guess Ninh Binh makes quite a reputation for eel. Eel rice vermicelli is rumored as an unforgettable dish of Ninh Binh. Although there are various kinds of eel dishes around the country, eel rice vermicelli of Ninh Binh is particularly savory for the broth is specially made of stewed bones. The sweetness of the broth delivered from the bones in mixture with simmered eel meat made from the own area’s recipe is the greatest flavor that one can add to the dish.