Making Ninh Binh Crispy Rice with Goat Meat at Home: A Delicious Recipe

Making Ninh Binh Crispy Rice with Goat Meat at Home: A Delicious Recipe

If you ever find yourself in Ninh Binh, you simply can't miss out on the local specialty of crispy rice with goat meat. This dish, made from humble ingredients but skillfully combined, has become a renowned delicacy of the region. Join BDATrip in the kitchen and create this fantastic dish right at home!

Introduction to Ninh Binh Crispy Rice

Ninh Binh Crispy Rice is a famous specialty of the ancient capital region, steeped in the rich culinary traditions of Vietnam. Prepared from fragrant glutinous rice grains, the crispy rice possesses a unique crunchiness, paired with a flavorful sauce and tender goat meat, creating an unforgettable taste experience. More than just a dish, Ninh Binh Crispy Rice reflects the culinary expertise and finesse of the local people, captivating the hearts of countless diners. It's truly a culinary adventure not to be missed when visiting Ninh Binh.

Ninh Binh scorched rice is an attractive dish that is easy to make at home
Ninh Binh scorched rice is an attractive dish that is easy to make at home

Ingredients for Ninh Binh Crispy Rice with Goat Meat

  • 1 bowl of rice 200g goat meat 
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots 
  • 1 tablespoon minced lemongrass 
  • 2 sprigs of cilantro 
  • 2 sprigs of Vietnamese coriander (ngo om) 
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder 
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch 500ml cooking oil 
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce 
  • 2 teaspoons chicken stock powder or sugar

Choosing Quality Ingredients for Authentic Ninh Binh Crispy Rice

The best goat meat comes from young goats, fresh and tender, and should be prepared within 12 hours of butchering. Goat meat has a distinct strong odor immediately after butchering, but this odor will gradually fade over time. Therefore, when selecting goat meat, prioritize pieces with the strongest aroma.

Choosing fresh goat meat enhances the flavor of the dish
Choosing fresh goat meat enhances the flavor of the dish

High-quality goat meat will have thin skin, lots of lean meat, little fat, and good elasticity when pressed. As goat meat falls into the red meat category, to ensure freshness and quality, it's best to visit reputable butcher shops specializing in red meat like beef or buffalo, or shops selling game meat. The price of goat meat typically ranges from 200,000 to 400,000 VND per kilogram, depending on the specific cut of meat and was last updated in January 2021. When purchasing, choose reputable stores to ensure quality and freshness of the meat.

Instructions for Making Ninh Binh Crispy Rice with Goat Meat

Step 1: Pressing and Frying the Crispy Rice

To prepare perfect crispy fried rice, start by placing the rice in a pan, pressing it thinly and evenly across the surface of the pan. Next, place the rice pan in the oven, adjust the temperature to 100°C. After about 3 hours, the rice will dry out and become firm. At this point, you can remove the rice and prepare for frying.

Place a pan on the stove and pour in oil to cover about half of the pan. Once the oil is hot, add the dried rice to the pan. Flip both sides of the rice regularly to ensure even browning. When the rice reaches the desired golden color, remove it from the pan and place it on a tray lined with paper towels to remove excess oil.

Fry the rice until golden brown
Fry the rice until golden brown

A small tip for families without an oven: you can dry the rice by sun-drying it for about 5 hours. Ensure that the rice is evenly dried and firm before proceeding to fry. While this method takes time, it still ensures the desired crispiness and flavor of the rice.

Step 2: Preparing and Removing the Odor from the Goat Meat

To prepare the goat meat without the odor, you can apply one of the following methods:

  • Method 1: Place the goat meat in boiling water along with vinegar, using a ratio of 1kg of goat meat to 50g of vinegar. This method effectively removes the odor from the goat meat. 
  • Method 2: Marinate the goat meat with a little white wine or beer and finely chopped ginger. This method naturally eliminates the odor. 
  • Method 3: When cooking, add a little citrus zest or tamarind. These ingredients not only reduce the odor but also enhance the distinctive flavor of the dish.

Step 3: Stir-Frying the Goat Meat

To prepare delicious goat meat, start by thoroughly washing and draining the meat. Then, remove the tough skin from the goat meat as it can be chewy and difficult to mince. Next, thinly slice the remaining goat meat and finely chop it to ensure a tender texture when cooked.

Next, heat a pan on the stove and add 1 tablespoon of minced shallots, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, and 1 tablespoon of minced lemongrass. Sauté this mixture until it turns evenly golden and fragrant. Then, add 1 teaspoon of five-spice powder and stir well before adding the minced goat meat to stir-fry over high heat.

The odor of meat can be eliminated by using a variety of spices
The odor of meat can be eliminated by using a variety of spices

Once the goat meat starts to firm up, add 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons of chicken stock powder or sugar. To create a thick sauce, add about 200ml of water and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Cook this mixture for about 3-5 minutes until it comes to a boil and then simmer for another 3-5 minutes until the sauce thickens. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed, then turn off the heat.

Final Touches

Once the crispy rice is fried to perfection, arrange it on a clean basket, breaking it into bite-sized pieces for easy enjoyment. To enhance the presentation and flavor of the dish, sprinkle some cilantro and Vietnamese coriander on top of the crispy rice. These aromatic herbs not only add flavor but also freshness and color to the dish.

After cooking the goat meat, transfer it to a small clay pot to keep it warm and maintain its temperature, ensuring the dish stays hot when served. The clay pot not only retains heat well but also adds a rustic, traditional charm to the meal, making it extra special.

Ninh Binh goat meat scorched rice is delicious and rich in flavor
Ninh Binh goat meat scorched rice is delicious and rich in flavor

When the crispy rice, paired with flavorful and tender goat meat, is served, with hints of five-spice powder lingering in the air, it creates an exceptional culinary experience. The crispy texture of the rice combined with the succulent, flavorful goat meat will tantalize your taste buds, providing an unforgettable dining experience.

To fully savor the flavors, it's best to enjoy the dish while it's still hot. The crispy rice will retain its crunchiness, while the stir-fried goat meat will remain flavorful and aromatic. The harmonious blend of crispy rice and savory goat meat will deliver a truly memorable and delightful meal. Wishing you and your loved ones a delicious and heartwarming dining experience.

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