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September 30, 2018
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Attractive specialties from wood mouse (field mouse)

In addition to barbecue, field mouse also fascinate customers with dozens of different processing ways such as boiled field mouse with lemon leaves, fry, roast with chili salt….

Boiled wood mouse is squeezed with lemon leaves

After cleaning, the wood mouse was boiled together with rainwater. Cooked mouse is taken off the pot, drained, then put on the cutting board, sprinkle lemon leaves on mouse. Use another cutting board put on the mouse; squeeze it to drain the fat. Leave it for a few hours and then separated the cutting board, cut the mouse into small pieces, sprinkle lemon leaves on them. This dish goes along with the salt of lemon and pepper; meat is fragrant, sweet, and tough like chicken.

Field mouse is steamed and squeezed with lemon leaves
Field mouse is steamed and squeezed with lemon leaves
Mouse was sprinkled with lemon leaves, prepared to squeeze water off
Mouse was sprinkled with lemon leaves, prepared to squeeze water off

Field mouse is fried in a pan

The rats are commonly used for frying in pan are field mouse. After cleaning, the mouse is marinated with pepper, chili, sugar, garlic, salt, monosodium glutamate, honey…. Leave them for about 2-3 hours for the meat to be spiced and then fry with non-stick pan or normal pan covered by thin oil layer. Field mouse is fragrant, delicious and fatty like roasted baby pig.

Field mouse is fried in a pan
Field mouse is fried in a pan

Roasted wood mouse with salt

After cleaning, the mouse is cut into small pieces, marinated with a mixture of salt, lemon, monosodium glutamate… and roasted on a big fire. This dish not only has the aroma difficult to resist and good taste, but also has the tender and solid meat.

Roasted wood mouse with salt
Roasted wood mouse with salt

Field mouse is stir-fried with chili and lemongrass

Field mouse is stir-fried with chili and lemongrass
Field mouse is stir-fried with chili and lemongrass

Clean the field mouse with water and marinate with chopped chili and lemongrass, then add salt, sugar, monosodium glutamate and fish sauce. Wait for about 30 minutes to spice up and then fry on small fire. When frying, people stir until mouse’s meat turn into yellow color. This dish has the aroma of lemongrass, spicy chili, fat of meat; eat together with girdle cake or rice very delicious.

Wood mouse is grilled in pottery pot

To make this dish, you need to choose the fat mouse. Clean the intestines, cut nails, then marinate for about 15 minutes, then hang wood mouse inside and around the big pottery pot, turn the pot around. During the process, add oil and seasonings on mouse, cook in an hour. Open the lid of pot; the yellow mouse is attractive with aroma. Put the mouse on the plate; eat with lemon pepper salt, lemongrass, green banana, tomato and cucumber.

Wood mouse is grilled in pottery pot
Wood mouse is grilled in pottery pot

Grilled field mouse

Grilled field mouse
Grilled field mouse

After the mouse was burned in straw, clean it, marinate with granular salt, stick bamboo skewers into mouse and grill on the hot coal. When the mouse are nearly done, mix the salt, minced lemongrass with a little honey sprinkle on top. When eating, tear each piece of hot grilled meat; eat together with vegetables, herbs, green mango, star fruit, green banana and lemon salt.

Wood mouse are stewed with coconut water

Wood mouse are stewed with coconut water
Wood mouse are stewed with coconut water

Wood mouse is broken teeth, peeling skin and cut a hole on the belly, hooks out the gut. After that, mix the garlic, sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate into the belly of the mouse, and then put it into the pan, cover and fry it. When the mouse is yellow, pick them up from the pan, place them in a pot, pour coconut water over the rat, and stew on the fire. When the water is dry, continue to add coconut water, boil and then take the pot off, and add roasted peanuts. This dish is accompanied by herbs, salad, lemon salt or chili sauce.

Field mouse is grilled with fermented bean curd

Field mouse is grilled with fermented bean curd
Field mouse is grilled with fermented bean curd

Field mouse is cleaned, marinated with spice, pepper, chili, lemongrass, sugar, and monosodium glutamate. Leave them in 30 minutes, roasted the mouse over a fire. Fermented bean curd is squeezed and mixed little fat; add slowly on the mouse. When roasting, turn the mouse until it has yellow color and crispy. This dish is accompanied with herbs and fermented bean curd

Stir-fried field mouse

Photo: Master Chef 2013After cleaning, the mouse is chopped into small pieces, marinated with curry powder, lemongrass and chili. Pour the onion and oil into the pan and frying meat. The meat has just been rare, pour coconut milk, reduce the fire for coconut water absorb into the meat. This dish is served hot with herbs and green banana.

Stir-fried field mouse
Stir-fried field mouse

Wood mouse is stir-fried with creek premna leaves

Mouse is washed and dried, chopped finely, marinated with curry powder, garlic, lemongrass, yellow roasted peanuts, and spice. Cook onions and garlic in oil, put mouse meat into the pan. When the meat is cooked, add creek premna leaves that is chopped smoothly and mixed up. This dish is served hot with girdle cake.

Wood mouse is stir-fried with creek premna leaves
Wood mouse is stir-fried with creek premna leaves

Some tips to have good dishes from field mouse

– Choose mouse should be wood mouse (field mouse), which live on the rice field. The mouse’s weigh should be 200 – 300 grams is the best.

– When process mouse, the people rarely use water to wash mouse directly (if so, just wash the mouse before slaughtering and shaving).

– Normally, people will burn mouse in straw, shave off the hair, cut and remove the intestine, head and small parts; then marinate meat.

– The kitchener must be very skillful, especially in the stage of slaughtering.

– How to distinguish wood mouse and brown rat? Wood mouse are big, have long bodies, not fat, firm skin due to they have to move a lot to find food. Brown rats are fat because they live along sewers in the city with a lot of food.

– You can hunt field mouse all year round. Some locals hunt field mouse from October to March lunar calendar. The best time is still after the harvesting time.

Attractive specialties from wood mouse (field mouse)
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