When mentioning the cuisines of Tay Ninh, many people usually think of Trang Bang Rice Paper, or Trang Bang Soup, etc. However, there is another speciality that every tourist enjoys in this region. That speciality is nothing else but the famous Shrimp Salt which has been gaining a worldwide popularity in the recent years.
Even though Tay Ninh Province has neither a coastline nor the best type of shrimp, Shrimp Salt there is still one of the most famous specialities. To make a full pan of Shrimp Salt, the cook has to follow an incredibly complex procedure. He must first choose the freshest and spiciest chilies which have a naturally red color. Together with salt, garlics and radishes, these chilies are put into the mixer before shrimps, meat and the seasoning powder can be added. All of these ingredients must be measured according to a suitable ratio. For instance, to make 1 kg of Shrimp Salt, we need 500gr salt, and 100gr radishes, shrimps, meats, etc.
The next step is to fry this mixture on a hot pan without adding chemical substance. The cook must be really cautious not to make the final product too dried or too wet. When finished,the Shrimp Salt can be used as a companion of many dishes such as fresh fruits, or rice cake, rice paper wrap, etc.
Trang Bang is one of the lands on which people have been residing for the longest time in Tay Ninh. Nowadays, even though the old village has turned into a busy urban area, the local inhabitants are still able to preserve the traditional cuisines, one of which is the tasty Trang Bang Rice Paper dish.
Mong Chicken is considered the speciality of the Mong ethnic groups in Tay Ninh. This species has black or brown-black feathers. Even though the skin, bones and inner organs are all black, Mong Chicken tastes differently from Ac Chicken, another type of black chicken in Vietnam.