Halong cuisines – What food to try?

Posted on Thursday February 18th, 2016 by admin. Posted in Blog and tagged cruise, dinner in cave, hạ long, halong bay, lobster, oyster, sea snail, seafood, squid sausage, travel. Bookmark the permalink.

Whenever visiting any tourism destination in any country in the world, most travelers spend a considerable amount of time on exploring and enjoying the wild wonders of cuisines there. Visitors to Halong possibly are not an exception, and they would definitely be surprised by the incredible gastronomy of this charming bay. Also, not only seafood here is worth tasting, but a plenty of Vietnamese traditional foods and international cooking styles appeared in luxury restaurants here would satisfy the pickiest tourists.

Squid sausage – Halong’s most famous dish


Halong squid sausage is well-known not only in all three parts inside the country but also for international tourists. True to its name, the main ingredient is squid. However, it is said that no kind of squid can make the squid sausage as wonderful as Halong Bay’s squid. It must be fresh squid that is newly caught. The dish, hence, will get the sharp and appealing tang. The making process requires manual dexterity and experience. Squid is grinded manually and deftly, and then fried in the moderate heat till it turns crispy and golden brown. This dish is recommended to serve with pure peppered fish sauce. The sweet fatty squish sausage will marry with savory sauce to tease your taste buds. In Halong, there is Squid Sausage Street where cooks do all steps openly in the front of their stores.

Halong Bay Lobsters
Lobsters have long been titled as King of highly nutritious seafood. Lobsters’ meat is extremely firm and sweet. Once you have tried it, you will never forget its taste. Visiting Halong, you will be able to enjoy lobsters in a unique way: drifting on the floating restaurant in Halong Bay, nibbling the dish and feeling the tang of the sea. Many dishes can be made from lobsters: fried lobster with salt, rice gruel with lobster, lobster salad or steamed lobster. Among them, steamed lobster enjoys the greatest popularity since it preserves the original flavor of lobsters.

Halong Bay Oysters

An additional well-known seafood in Halong is oyster. Oyster is a nutrition-rich food and provides a plethora of energy for your body. Inside its hard-shell is blood-like red bowel, which carry the most delicious and nutritious part of an oyster. Similar to lobster, the best way to enjoy oyster is to boil it, which could maintain its taste. Putting some blades of lemongrass into pot, the water must be brought to a rolling boil. Oyster, then, is soaked into pot and taken out right after air bubbles rise. Enjoy it immediately with beer, for example, to get its finest flavor.

Sea snails – a half of Ha Long’s cuisine


Apart from lobsters, squids, Halong has a less expensive food but sharing the same appetizing taste: Sea Snail. Sea snails vary widely in breed and cooking process; and fried sea snails with chili sauce seems to be the most common. Unlike its name, this dish’s cooking process does not involve any oil and water. The unusual ingredients of dried coconut, lime leaves and Vietnamese sage leaves are the top significant herbs contributing to success of the dish. Particularly, the sauce served with this dish is the chili sauce used in frying. Otherwise, visitors can use normal sauces. The steaming and colorful dish is a celebration of spicy chili sauce, fatty snail and typical aroma of Vietnamese herbs. Drink beer while savoring this dish, this cold ice beverage will be blended surprisingly to give you a lifetime experience.

With only one bowl of sauce made from fish-sauce, ginger, peppers and lemongrass, each type of snails with different unique flavors and different ways to enjoy would make anyone’s mouth water. Eaters enjoying snails are advised to drink hard beverages such as alcohol to avoid stomachache.

The other half of Halong’s cuisines: seafood derivatives

Visitors must be excited when served special liquor named “Ngan – Arca Wine” (“Ngan” is a species of Veneridae). This special drink is actually a mixture of typically Vietnamese rice wine and “Ngan” blood, which is supposed to benefit men’s sexual ability. After the mixture is completed, the wine transforms into a light red color with totally a different flavor. Spirit followers cannot wait to drink it, to feel an immediate absorbent into their bodies.

Another well-known alcohol named “Hoanh Bo” should definitely not be missed when visiting Halong. Made from a kind of glutinous rice that solely Halong has, Hoanh Bo soaked rice wine tastes sweet and sour. It requires experience and gentleness to produce this wine. Rice, without being ground, is cooked through, and incubated.  Then, people soak fermented wine into a special leave of Hoang Bo forest, which helps to differentiate the wine from others. The wine is very drinkable, light, and hardly causing someone to get drunk. If someone unfortunately gets drunk (usually falling into sleep 2-3 days) due to overdrinking, they will not suffer from headache or tiredness. After sobering up, they even feel better and refreshed. Hoanh Bo soaked rice wine is a must-try drink in summer.

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