Visitors who have ever come to Ha Long usually only know the information about Ha Long Bay, about the cave exploration and overnight cruise on the bay. But in Vietnam culinary tours – Ha Long has many special culinary specialities, bring the salty taste of the sea captivating many visitors who have ever come here.
1.Sá sùng (also known as peanut worms)
Sa sung dish in Ha Long
Sa Sung is a quite expensive food of Ha Long cuisine, the reason is that they are very rare, only in Quan Lan – Minh Chau island (Van Don, Quang Ninh), each kilogram of Sa Sung cost about 4 million VND. Fresh Sa Sung stir-fried with garlic is a speciality dish in Ha Long or Sa Sung roasted with diced roasted chili sauce served with heartleaf and beer is also very attractive. Ha Long people often dry up them and then roast well to have an attractive dish.
2. Grilled Chopped Squid
Most famous in the list of Halong specialities and best dish in Vietnam is probably grilled chopped squid, made from fresh squid. What makes the characteristic taste of grilled chopped squid is grinding manually instead of machine-made grinding as many other places. After being spiced, the round pieces of squid are fried in a pan of boiling oil until they turn into yellowish and have an aromatic and tasty taste.
Grilled Chopped Squid
Thanks to that, Ha Long squid is naturally crispy and tasty. Although their prices are quite high, 300,000-450,000 per kg but tourists still want to buy this when having the opportunity to experience Vietnamese cuisine.
3. Stir-fried snail with soy sauce
Stir-fried snail with soy sauce
With a variety of snails and different processing methods, if you come to Ha Long, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the stir-fried snail. When eating, dessert can be served with sweet and sour sauce or fried with soy sauce. It is called fried but not greasy because it's not cooked with salad oil. The snails are crispy and spicy. The tourists often sip wine with this dish. It has numerous customer in Gieng Don, near Bai Chay tourism. The price is about 50,000-80,000 VND per plate.
4. Shrimp rice noodles
Not only Hai Phong but Ha Long is also a place worth trying shrimp rice noodles. Unlike the port city (Hai Phong), the type of shrimp used in Ha Long is the small shrimp, peeled and fried to have a firm meat.
Shrimp rice noodles
Thanks to that, when the shrimp is put into the bowl of vermicelli and souse broth on them, it will have the naturally attracted red color. Vegetables eaten with shrimp noodles can be water dropwort, mustard green or Indian taro, based upon the season. All of them make up the refreshing flavor.
5. Sweet sour fried limuloid
The limuloid ( Sam)
If you wonder what to eat in Ha Long, this is the answer for you – Sweet sour fried limuloid . Limuloid is the same family with crab, also have the carapace but bigger than crab. Interestingly, Limuloid usually goes in pairs, and the females carry the males on their backs. When caught, people usually catch a pair.
Sweet sour fried limuloid dish
Although amyloid is quite strange to many tourists but with the people of Ha Long, limuloid is quite familiar and can be processed into many delicious dishes, one of them is sweet and sour stir fry limuloid. With the main ingredient is legs of limuloid that are soft. When eating, customers will feel the spicy, sour, salty, sweet taste in each fiber of meat as well as its fragrant smell.
You can go to Gieng Don street to enjoy this dish, priced at 200,000-300,000 VND per plate.
If you join in the Vietnam culinary tours with a large group, you can try to enjoy the seafood on the houseboat: In Hon Gai to visit the Hong Dam raft, in Cam Pha to eat in Quang Hien restaurant, in Quang Yen to eat the Hai Quan (naval) houseboat.
Hong Dam houseboat
The snails in Quang Ninh are quite expensive, about 150.000 VND / 1 per small plate. You can taste Điếu snails that are much cheaper than other snails. This dish is eaten by mouth (suck by mouth) instead of a needle.
You want to buy grilled chopped squid, dried squid, dried fish as a gift, you should go to the Ha Long market no 1. As for buying the squid, look for the brand Thoan (very famous).
In the evening, you can go to eat at Thanh Nien night market in Bai Chay resort, Halong city.