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Van Dinh duck: A delicious taste difficult to deny

16:39 | 03/04/2020

For hundreds of years, the 'Vit co Van Dinh' (small-sized duck of Van Dinh) has been well known for its special taste and featured on the menu of many restaurants. 

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van dinh duck a delicious taste difficult to deny

Van Dinh duck is a Hanoi traditional food and one of the delicacies of the Northern Delta.

Van Dinh duck is a kind of duck that is released on the rice field of Ung Hoa district, Hanoi. The largest duck also is only about 1.2-1.3 kg. Living in nature, growing up by nature, the special taste of grass duck fields in Ung Hoa is extremely delicious and aromatic.

One of the popular recipes with the 'Vit co Van Dinh' is roast duck. Before the duck is roasted, it should be marinated with galangal, lemongrass, spicy and mac mat (a kind of wild leaf found in northern provinces like Cao Bang).

The leaves create a special aromatic flavor while the meat is roasted on wood charcoal. The dipping sauce for the dish includes garlic, ginger, pepper, chili, vinegar and sugar, which gives off an appetizing smell. The dish is typically served with several herbs including pieces of banana flowers, green bean sprouts, basil, and eryngium (cilantro or long coriander).

The Van Dinh roast duck has thin meat string, soft and sweet bones. It has the fragrant smell and then the golden shiny yellow on each clean piece of meat. The duck skin is slightly yellow, the meat inside is pink, brown, attractive. Crispy skin is so delicious with the sweet-savory taste which is difficult to describe.

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