Have you ever heard Vietnamese people like eating mice. In Mekong Delta of Vietnam, there are many wild mice living in caves in rice fields and eating rice, snails, sprouts. During the harvest season, these mice are plumpy, their skins are smooth and their meat is very tasty. Local people just dig the caves or set traps to catch the mice. Vietnamese people have created many mouse recipes such as Grilled mouse in terracotta jar, Grilled mouse with salt, Braised mouse with shallot, Shredded boiled mouse, Fried wild mouse with lemongrass and chili pepper.
Although Fried wild mouse with lemongrass and chili pepper is popular in many provinces in Mekong Delta, Ca Mau province has been said to be the best place to eat this dish. It is one of the specialty foods which should not miss on a trip to Ca Mau. It attracts people with its impressive smell to amazing taste. It wins the heart of all people in every family. The reason why Fried wild mouse with lemongrass and chili pepper is that the mice in Ca Mau in harvesting season from October to November in the lunar calendar are as big as a human wrist and outstandingly tasty.
After preparing, the mouse is drained off, burned in a fire, then marinated with minced lemongrass and chili pepper, salt, fish sauce, sugar for about one hour. Then fry over medium heat until crispy, fragrant and yellow. The dish is crispy outside but tender and a little chewy inside. The typical smell of mouse meat blends well with the smell of lemongrass. The dish is salty, sweet and hot. It should be served hot so that it is still crispy and smelling. There is no better than eating Fried wild mouse with lemongrass and chili pepper with steamed rice and aromatic herbs after a long day working or traveling.