They are considered specialties of the city also. Fish has been seen as a typical and nutritious food as it plays a role of an integral part in people’s everyday meals and turns out to be the main ingredient of various dishes.
Hai Phong Fish Noodle Soup
A typical bowl of Hai Phong fish noodle soup usually has the yellowish look of fried fish and seasoned fish, the green color of doc mung (a kind of herb, scientific name Colocasia gigantea), red color of tomato slices and white color of noodles. This dish is served with a plate of appetizing fresh vegetable. Its broth has the sweet and sour taste from the tamarind extract, not from ordinary vinegar type. To enjoy a beautiful bowl of Hai Phong noodle soup, you can come over some famous fish noodles restaurants in Xa Dan Dist., Ton that Tung Dist, Tran Huy Lieu and Nguyen Khanh Toan Dist. A fish noodle bowl’s price varies from 30,000 to 45,000 VND.
Quynh Coi Fish Soup (Thai Binh)
Before cooking, fish must be washed carefully, separated its meat from the bones and cut into thick slices. Then the fish slices are brought to be seasoned with some fish sauce, pepper and saffron extract; the final step is to grill the fish slices on a brazier until the meat gets cooked, then put them to fry in a large pan again. Proper cooked fish slices are fragrant, yellow and taste tough. Quynh Coi fish soup also requires excellent rice type which cannot be too viscid or too dry. However, apart from the traditional fish soup with rice, nowadays it can be cooked with noodles or mien threads. The broth is made from pork ribs, fish meat and vegetables and is very nutritious for the body. If you happen to be in Thai Binh, don’t forget to look for and enjoy a hot bowl of Quynh Coi fish soup to taste its unique scrumptious flavors and taste the spirit of Vietnam’s countryside also. If you wish to enjoy Quynh Coi fish soup without travelling all the way to Thai Binh, you can come to a small restaurant in Tue Tinh District, Hanoi which is quite famous of having fine fish dishes to taste it.
Bac Ninh Fish Rice Gruel
A beautiful bowl of fish rice gruel is viscid, fragrant. It looks subtle and eye-catching with the white color of rice, fish meat, green of spring onions, herbs and sometimes the bowl is decorated with a little yellow of egg yolk and red of chili powder. Not only looking appetizing, fish gruel rice tastes undoubtedly delicious. You can tell the flavors on every spoon of it; fish meat is well-cooked and fragrant, accompanied herbs and vegetables are scrumptiously fresh… You can enjoy this wonderful fish dish in Hanoi in a small restaurant located on a sidewalk near Lang Pagoda with a unexpectedly good price, only 30,000 VND. This particular restaurant remains crowded most of the time and is considered one of the oldest and most famous rice gruel restaurants of the capital city.