Hot Nghe An eel porridge - Warm any cold heart

Published:  07:14 Saturday - December 31, 2011

Hot Nghe An eel porridge - Warm any cold heart

A very special & traditional dish of Nghe An Province.

In Nghe An Province, Ho Chi Minh’s birthplace, eel porridge has been a popular specialty for years.


Not only Nghe An people but also tourists Vietnam travel from the whole country like to taste eel porridge.


Delicacies made with eel from this province and localities all along the north-central coast have spread throughout the country over the last few decades. A bowl of hot eel porridge can warm any cold heart during the rainy months.



It is not difficult to prepare a warm bowl of the porridge. First, boil a whole eel and then let it cool before removing its flesh from the bones. Marinate the meat with some condiments, stir-fry it quickly with oil, chopped onion and garlic, and then pour in some water the eel was boiled in and simmer.


Pour the mixture into a pot of porridge with black beans. After a few minutes of continuous stirring, sprinkle on some pepper for a pot of smoky and flavorful porridge. The eel tastes a little tough and fragrant. The porridge tastes sweet and fatty. The spice from the pepper and flavor from the herbs mixes along with the sourness of the lemon. It’s a first bite you’ll never forget.


Eel can be prepared into delicacies or it can be found in daily meals. Apart from eel porridge, a cook can turn out braised eel with rice patty herb, roasted eel with salt and lemon grass, steamed eel with laksa leaf, noodle soup with eel, and braised eel with lemon grass and chili.


Eel porridge is cool and nourishing food. So, It is also suitable for eating in summer. Eel porridge is good for heath. It’s also a valuable source of protein, Vitamin A and minerals that help to treat diseases related to malnutrition, rheumatism and backaches and pains.


For some visitors, it may look quite scary with strange eels inside, but it's really delicious! It's pity  if you don't taste it in Vietnam travel.


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