A bowl of Vietnamese duck porridge is served at a stall in HCMC. Photo by Di Vy
International food magazine TasteAtlas has selected Vietnamese duck porridge among 10 must-try duck dishes in Asia, calling it a popular choice on colder days of the year.
The hot porridge is also a favorite Vietnamese street food that can be easily found at street-side stalls or restaurants that specialize in ducks.
Steamed pieces of duck meat are typically the main ingredient in this rice porridge that is served with a sweet fish sauce mixed with sliced hot chilis and minced ginger.
A bowl of duck porridge is also served with shallots, carrots, ginger, green onions, coriander, black pepper, and duck blood pudding.
The dish is usually had with a portion of salad made with thinly shaved banana flowers, Vietnamese coriander, carrots and red onions garnished with crushed peanuts.
In northern Vietnam, this duck porridge is especially popular on colder days of the year. It’s often served with banh trang, rice crackers topped with sesame, and a dipping sauce on the side.
A bowl of Vietnamese duck porridge costs VND30,000-50,000 ($1.21-2).
Other duck dishes on the TasteAtlas list include: China’s Peking duck, duck head and Zhangcha duck; Singapore’s duck rice; Indonesia’s Bebek goring and Myanmar’s Be kin.