Halong Bay is famous for not only legendary natural highlights but also delicious specialties which only the land has
Your Halong Culinary Tours will be full of the eye-catching and mouth-watering food, and interesting culinary experiences. Get to know top 8 dishes in Halong City, Quang Ninh Province!
The appealing local names of “sa sung,” squid sausage, “Gat Gu” cake,” “Ca Say,” etc., impress many food connoisseurs to the “Bay of the Descending Dragon.” If your next culinary destination is Halong, then it’s necessary to know ahead what the most special dishes are to try there.
The squid sausage is usually present in the local meals in Halong Bay. Made from fresh squid which is pounded manually, this kind of seafood sausage is delicious enough to enchant every culinary tourist.
The newly caught fresh squids from the Halong Sea will be cleaned and then pounded manually to create the typical soft and fragrant taste. The best cooking way to process the squid sausage might be frying.
The fried sausage of squid in Halong Bay has the attractively yellow color plus the aromatic and soft tastes. This food is often served with sticky rice, rolled cake, or just enjoy it with solid fish sauce.
The Halong squid sausage is the favorite culinary souvenir which many travelers bring home. The average price is 20 USD/kg.
Sa Sung – a kind of mollusk found in Quan Lan Island, Quang Ninh Province
This refers to the relatively rare kind of mollusk which can be processed as the very delicious seafood. The soft-bodied species serves as food and local “remedy” which is good for health.
Especially, the fried food becomes the expensive specialty whose prices can reach up to over 50 USD/kg.- Justplay18
The sea flavor of “sa sung” can win the gourmets’ interest when they eat a piece of the roasted seafood dipped into chili sauce, fresh “sa sung” grilled with lemon and banana, steamed “sa sung” with porridge or soup.
“Gat Gu” Cake
The name of the cake is derived from the fact that the patrons should give a nod of assent when they enjoy it (nod means “gật gù” in Vietnamese). It refers to the cake spread on the steamer and rolled to create the rolled cake.
Some people say the taste of “Gat Gu” Cake is similar to “Phở”, but the single difference is that this specialty of Quang Ninh is made from the softer flour. The Cake is best consumed with fish sauce, chicken fat, minced pork, fresh chili, fried onions, etc. Try it to see if you also like it with a nod!
Nem Chao – Fermented Pork Roll
The major ingredients of this specialty include the thinly sliced pork skin and the fermented fried rice which involve the complicated procedure of fermentation. The dish is often served with the slightly sweet-and-sour fish sauce, the dry pancake, and some kinds of herbs.
The fermented pork rolls are the favorite culinary souvenirs which many foodies buy for their relatives before they leave the land to return to their home.
Ngan – Austriella corrugate
“Ngan” is the popular seafood in almost every restaurant in Quang Ninh. This seafood can be boiled and grilled for the appetizing tastes. Besides, people might cook “Ngan” with porridge, salad, or stir-fried noodle. While the body of this seafood is greasy and sweet, its soup is very nutrient.
More interestingly, the local men also create an appetizer drink from this seafood blood whose taste is fiery and sweet at the tip of the tongue.