3 – Ninh Binh Mountainous snails
Mountainous snails are abundant in the limestone mountains of Tam Diep town, Yen Mo, Nho Quan. They usually appear from April to August every year, during the rainy season, when the weather is wet. Main food of snails is the plants that grow wild in the mountains including the valuable medicinal plants and it become a typical dish of Ninh Binh. Therefore, people only preliminary processing it to protect herbs inside snails. Mountainous snails’ meat is chewy, crispy and sweet which can be processed into many dishes: steamed with ginger, stir-fried with chili, mixed salad .
4 – Rare goat meat
Tai De or Rare goat meat is a specialty food in Ninh Binh which can help both fostering the body and being a rustic medicine because goats eat many precious medicinal herbs. The limestone mountains of Hoa Lu are shelter of these free-ranging domestic goats (the wild mountain goat in Vietnam, the serow capricornis sumatraensis is strictly protected and very unique). The mountain breeding goats are caught, well burnt, disemboweled, plucked and mixed with holly basil or duckweed for over 10 minutes. The goat meat is cut pieces (with skin), dipping them in boiling water until half-cooked. As they are cool, they are evenly sliced (vertically).
The half-cooked sliced meat shall be mixed with fried-sesame, which is roughly crushed, sliced-chilly, lemon leaf, ginger, chopped up-citronella, lemon juice and sodium glutamate. That’s it, a very excellent dish. Eating rare goat always accompany with fig leaf, green banana, star fruit…. particularly soybean jam.