Mien luon (vermicelli made of cassava served with fried eels) is a favorite dish of Hanoians which is available in selected city eateries. This is also another tasty option for seafood lovers comprising stir-fried glass noodles in an eel-based broth with generous toppings of crunchy eels, bean sprouts, egg, cucumber slices, fried shallots, and purple perilla.
The recipe for this dish is as follows:
To prepare, the fresh eel after being disemboweled and cleaned will be cut out of its bone. You then cut its meat into slices then mix them with spices, pepper and corn flour. After a while, you fry them until they turn golden and crispy.
The bone will be cooked into the accompanied soup with persicaria and fragrant knotweed.
Mien is dipped in hot water then left to drain on a basket.
The important moment comes when the dish is ready for sampling. The Mien is put on a bowl under the fried eels. Of course, the dish still needs to be accompanied by bean sprouts, sliced cucumber, aromatic vegetables of coriander, perrilla, Thai basil, fish mint, fried peanuts, fried onion and some fresh chili.
You can also eat it with fish sauce mixed with garlic, sugar, lemon and chili. You are lured to this dish due to the crisp eels, soft and tough bit of mien, sweet or bean sprout, bitter vegetables as well as the fragrance of the many ingredients. A soup is also recommended.
Some like to mix the dish with the accompanied soup on the bowl and enjoy it together.
To enjoy this dish at Dong Thinh Nha Hang Mien Luon at Hoan Kiem District. This is a local hangout spot for mien xao luon, where dishes are priced between VND 35,000 and VND 50,000.
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