Top 11 Specialties Dishes Must Try |What to eat in Ninh Binh 2024

Being a famous place, Ninh Binh has a beautiful landscape, as well as good food to enjoy. In this article, we will share the top best dishes for you to try when visiting Ninh Binh. So you can answer the question of what to eat in Ninh Binh today!

1. Rice Crust in Ninh Binh

If you do not know what to eat in Ninh Binh, try rice cruts. This is a famous specialty, sold everywhere along the way leading to famous tourist attractions. This is made from dried rice, which is deep-fried in oil. Rice crust must be very crispy, served with a sauce to have the best taste. You can choose both spicy and non-spicy rice crusts to make sure that the children can enjoy it.

Great places to buy rice crust:

  • 593 Thien Son, Hoa Lu

  • Xich Tho, Nho Quan

  • 446 Nguyen Hue, Ninh Binh

  • 465 Tran Hung Dao, Ninh Binh

    com chay ninh binh

    Com Chay Ninh Binh

2. Goat Meat – Famous Ninh Binh Specialties

One of the most delicious dishes suggested when traveling to Ninh Binh is goat meat. People have to use fresh goats grazing near the rocky mountain to make amazing food. That is the reason why goat meat in Ninh Binh is soft, not too tough. You should try such famous dishes from goat meat, such as steamed goat meat, grilled goat, or goat with ginger sauce. This kind of meat is not only delicious but also nutritious and very good for our health. 

Best restaurant to enjoy goat meat:

  • Thang Long Restaurant: Trang An, Truong Yen, Hoa Lu

  • Duc De Restaurant: No.29/ 458 Nguyen Hue, Doan Ket, Ninh Phong

  • Luong Thuong Restaurant: Le Lai, Nam Son, Tam Diep

  • Truong De Restaurant: Ninh Xuan, Hoa Lu

    goat meat ninh binh

    Goat meat - the most famous food in Ninh Binh

3. Kim Son Nhech Raw Fish

Nhech raw fish is a famous specialty in Kim Son - Ninh Binh. The food is delicately made with many different spices. The chef will have to process the fish carefully to remove the fishy smell and use chili, lemongrass, and pepper to make the dipping sauce. ưhen eating, you can use raw vegetables and ask for kumquat. What makes the dish famous? It is the Nhech meat, which is fresh, soft, a bit tough, and only available in Kim Son.

Some places to visit and enjoy Nhech fish:

  • Tinh Goi Restaurant: 248 Ngo Gia Tu, Van Gia

  • Hoang Cat Restaurant: 350-432, ĐT477, Me Town, Gia Vien,

  • Vu Bao Restaurant: 6A, Phat Diem Dong, Kim Son


4. Mountainous edible snails

Have you ever enjoyed mountain snails? If you have a chance to visit Ninh Binh, remember to try this dish! It will make your list of what to eat in Ninh Binh more amazing. The snails are delicious because they live in limestone caves and just go out from April to August. It is very difficult to find mountain snails in different months of the year. The snails can be used to make many kinds of food, such as fried snails with tamarind, steamed snails, or boiled snails. Mountain snails are very crunchy and sweet.

Restaurants for you to try the food:

  • Quoc Quan Restaurant: Trang An, Truong An, Hoa Lu

  • Vu Bao Restaurant: 37 Nguyen Hue, Ninh Binh

  • Van Bao Ngoc Restaurant: 86 Luong Van Tuy, Tan Thanh, Ninh Binh

    mountain snails

    Mountainous snails 

5. Ninh Binh eel vermicelli

Ninh Binh eel vermicelli is one of the most delicious dishes recommended. It has good eel and great soup, and the raw vegetables make the food better. To make a bowl of Ninh Binh eel vermicelli, the chef has to choose the best eel, which has a pinkish-brown back and a dark yellow belly. This kind of eel is quite small but very sweet, suitable to make the food tastier.
Places to visit for the food:

  • Manh Toan eel vermicelli: 995 Tran Hung Dao, Ninh Binh

  • Dung Huong eel vermicelli: 997 Tran Hung Dao, Ninh Binh

  • Dung Thanh eel vermicelli: 999 Tran Hung Dao, Ninh Binh

ninh binh eel vermicelli

Eel vermicelli

6. Sticky rice with ant’s eggs

This food is not only popular in the northern mountainous area, but it is also the specialty of Nho Quan in Ninh Binh province. It is a nutritious food which tastes very yummy. To make a dish of Sticky rice with ant’s eggs, people have to wash the ant’s eggs and use different spices to season them. Then, the ant’s eggs will be fried and eaten with sticky rice and fried onions. Along Highway 12B in Nho Quan, many restaurants are serving this food. You can visit and enjoy not miss one of the best and most unique specialties in this area.

sticky rice with ants eggs

Sticky rice with ant eggs

7. Bun Moc

Bun Moc is a very popular food in Vietnam, which can be found at many shops along the street. But do not ignore this in the list of what to eat in Ninh Binh. The food is very stunning. It is beloved with the sweet broth, full of slices of pork and vegetables. In a bowl of Bun Moc, there is a little fungus, mushroom, onion, and chili, which makes the taste more spicy and yummy.
Best restaurant for Bun Moc:

  • Bun Moc To Nhu: No.37/74 Dinh Tien Hoang, Ninh Binh

  • Bun Moc Kim Son: Highway 10, Kim Son, Ninh Binh

    bun moc ninh binh

    Bun Moc

8. Braised fish with Gao fruit

Braised fish with Gao fruit is the specialty of Ninh Binh. The most important ingredient is Gao fruit. The chef has to wash Gao fruits from the trees near rivers or streams, cut them into small slices, and put them in the bottom of the pot. After lining the fish inside, he has to cover it with a layer of Gao fruit and simmer it down. Braised fish with Gao fruit is a bit sour and acrid.
Restaurant for the food:

  • Lien Dong restaurant: 94 Hoang Dieu, Thanh Binh, Ninh Binh

  • Three-Door restaurant: Truong An, Hoa Lu, Truong Yen

  • BS Sea: No.4, 1 Street, Khanh Thanh, Tan Thanh


9. Roasted field crab with guise leaves

Roasted field crab with guise leaves is a very famous dish in Ninh Binh. It has a strong flavor and is very crunchy. The food crabs caught in the rice field are crunchy, sweet, and substantial. Nutritious crabs roasted with guise leaves are very yummy with amazing taste. The food can be used with chili garlic fish sauce to make it better.
Places to visit for this specialty:

  • Three-Door restaurant: Truong An, Hoa Lu, Truong Yen

  • BS Sea: No.4, 1 Street, Khanh Thanh, Tan Thanh

  • Vu Bao Restaurant: 37 Nguyen Hue, Ninh Binh


10. Grilled fish

Another rustic Ninh Binh dish that you cannot ignore is grilled banana fish. Banana fish has a large round body, firm, sweet meat, and is best-grilled fish right after being caught.
Visitors can combine with fresh vermicelli and vegetables, dipped with rich dipping sauce is super Yummy.
 Address: Van Long still house - Gia Van, Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh


 grilled fish ninh binh

Grilled fish 

11. Kebab Rice Noodles in Ninh Binh (Bun Cha Quat Ninh Binh)

If you want to try delicious Bun Cha Quat, you must definitely go to the ancient capital of Ninh Binh.
In particular, minced meat is clamped in an iron grid and grilled into a large piece, not into small pieces like Bun Cha in Hanoi. The meat is grilled to the edge, eye-catching without being dry; eaten with sour food, vegetables, and sweet and sour fish sauce, is ecstatic!
Address to try: Tinh Mai Restaurant - 7 Pham Hong Thai - 3 Van Giang, Ninh Binh


 bun cha quat ninh binh

Bun Cha quat

To not miss any dishes in this list, you should note on your phone what to eat in Ninh Binh. I wish you an amazing tour with happy moments in Ninh Binh province!

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Author Hoan Nguyen

Hoan Nguyen has over 10 years of experience working in the tourism sector and operator. He has traveled to many places in Vietnam and around the world.

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My name is Hoan and I come from Hanoi, with more than 10 years working in the tourism industry (both as a tour guide then tour operator). I am very proud to say that I can give you the best advice for your trip to beautiful Vietnam.

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