Quang Binh is located in the Central Vietnam where there are a lot of impressive and delicious foods. One of the greatest attractions in Quang Binh tours is the unique cuisines here. Among them, Chao Banh Canh (Rice spaghetti gruel) is the most famous food in Quang Binh cuisine. If you are visiting this province, remember to try this food at least once.
Chao Banh Canh (Rice spaghetti gruel) with mullet fish or pork rib is one of the most popular dishes in Quang Binh with a unique taste. It is also known as Banh Canh (rice spaghetti) or Chao Canh (rice soup). This food is made from powdered rice. The rice ground into powder is sweet-smelling, soft and glutinous, and white. They grind the rice into powder, then add water to knead the dough. Afterward, the dough is flattened and cut into slices, looking like a noodle.
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There are three tastes of rice spaghetti gruel, including gruel with rib and grilled pork, gruel with mullet fish and grilled pork, and special gruel with three ingredients above. Don’t miss these wonderful tastes in your Quang Binh food tour.
When people hear the name of this food, they always think that it is cooked from rice as normal. However, it is actually like Pho, vermicelli or noodle rather than rice gruel. The only difference is that the cook will put strings of dough into the broth and boil them like the way we cook gruel.
Chao Banh Canh Quang Binh
The main ingredients of this food are quite versatile, depending on individuals’ appetites. Normally, there are pork rib, mullet fish, scab, and fresh shrimp. The shrimps are especially captured in the marsh, so their meat tastes really charming and not fishy.
The origin of the food
In the past, rice spaghetti gruel is the food of the poor in Quang Binh, Quang Trach. The main ingredients of this food at that time were rice and small fishes they were captured in the field or sea. They call it Chao Banh Canh because the recipe of this dish seems to be like that of gruel or soup.
After being dipped in boiling water, the dough fibers are put into the boiling broth to cook for a while until they absorb the spices well and become softer, unlike Pho’s or vermicelli’s recipe. It makes this food a unique attraction in Quang Binh tours.
Chao Canh for breakfast
Years ago, the ingredients are very simple, including only salt, salted shredded meat, dills, and coriander. It would be gruel when people ate it for breakfast before going to work and it should be soup when eaten for lunch or dinner.
Chao Banh Canh vs Pho
Maybe similarly to the role of Pho in Hanoi people’s life, rice spaghetti gruel is very necessary and popular in the breakfast of Quang Binh people. However, while Pho Hanoi is sold all day long, rice spaghetti gruel is sold only in the morning. Also, it’s not sold popularly like Pho but just in some certain prestigious restaurants which only efficient citizens in the city know.
Chao Banh Canh in Dong Hoi
Like Quang Binh people’s character, Chao Banh Canh’s appearance is also simple and plain, not sophisticated and eye-catching like Pho. Its shape is quite horny, big and thick, not as soft and thin like Pho’s texture. There is more broth in Chao Canh Quang Binh and the broth has the yellow color of crabs’ meat.
This dish is the combination of fish, shrimp, lean pork, etc. Among which, mullet is indispensable. After boiled, mullets’ meat is taken off and fried with spices, then put into the boiling gruel. Scallions and corianders are cut into small pieces and sprinkled equally over the bowl of hot gruel. This dish is special and unique because it’s served with sliced mustard greens. This ingredient helps boosting the taste of the gruel.
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In Dong Hoi province, rice spaghetti gruel is served with fried meat rolls although these two tastes do not perfectly match. It is because people here formerly were the poor peasants in Mo Trach. They eat for the full feeling, not for the taste. But if you are joining in a Quang Binh group tour, you should try rice soup with fried meat rolls for a new exciting taste.
The article has taken you to Quang Binh to try one of the must-eat dishes of this land – Chao Banh Canh. This wonderful special food will give you an impressive experience in your Quang Binh tours.