What to eat in Ha Long? Top 7 famous delicious Ha Long specialties

by Lam Pham

Quang Ninh has always been one of the hottest tourist destinations. Visitors to Quang Ninh are not only attracted by the diverse natural beauty but also impressed by the list of famous delicious specialty dishes. In this article, Karst Plateau will suggest delicious dishes in Ha Long — promise to bring you an enjoyable trip.

1. Bun Be Be (Vermicelli with mantis shrimp)

Enjoy the famous delicious Vermicelli with mantis shrimp in Ha Long

Regarding delicious breakfast in Quang Ninh, you must call mantis shrimp vermicelli. This is a typical seafood dish of Quang Ninh sea. Mantis Shrimp has the sweetness of fresh seafood, and firm meat and is very nutritious. The boiled mantis shrimp water is filtered, and combined with the broth simmered from the bones to bring a delicate yet rich taste to the broth. Each noodle shop will have its unique way to bowl mantis shrimp vermicelli such as adding shrimp noodles, golden fried fish cakes, crab bricks, fried tofu, etc. You can choose your favorite flavor to have a bowl of mantis shrimp vermicelli is the most delicious!

2. Squid Sausage

The delicious taste of Ha Long Squid Sausage

Squid sausage is a famous specialty of the coastal area of Ha Long, Quang Ninh, Vietnam. Fresh squid is carefully selected, then its body and tentacles are taken, minced, and mixed with various spices such as garlic, shallots, pepper, natural spices, and some other special ingredients. The squid mixture is then formed into uniform and beautiful round cakes.

Squid sausage is often deep-fried to a crispy golden brown, creating a crunchy outer layer and a tender and flavorful interior. When tasting it, you will experience the rich taste of squid combined with the aroma of garlic and shallots. This dish is usually served with a dipping sauce made from fish sauce, chili, and garlic, creating a unique and delightful flavor.

3. Sa Sung

Specialties in Quang Ninh that you should not miss

This seafood dish is one of the most expensive in Halong Bay and is almost exclusively served in Quan Lan Island. Sa Sung is a type of marine worm that lives only in clean water, under the sand on the seafloor. The local people in Halong cook Sa Sung in different ways: it can be fried with garlic or pineapple, grilled with chili salt, roasted and served with chili or lettuce, or eaten raw with mustard. Some people cook sa sung with noodle soup or vermicelli. Others bake them with pepper and salt. Dried sa sung is often added to hotpot dishes to increase the sweetness of the broth. It can be hard to find, which means it is an expensive seafood that was formerly reserved for only the highest echelons of Vietnamese society.

4. Loi Am grilled chicken

Delicious dishes that cannot be refused in Ha Long

Loi Am Grilled Chicken is a specialty dish you can savor in Halong Bay, Vietnam. It is a unique and flavorful grilled chicken dish that showcases the local culinary heritage.
The chicken is marinated in a blend of aromatic spices and herbs, giving it a rich and savory taste.
To fully enjoy the “Loi Am Grilled Chicken” experience, it is commonly served with fresh herbs, cucumber, pickled vegetables, and a dipping sauce made from fish sauce, lime, and chili. This dish is a delightful combination of tender and succulent chicken with a burst of flavors that will leave your taste buds satisfied and your heart captivated by the magic of Halong Bay’s culinary delights.

5. Sam (Horseshoe Crab) 

Famous Ha Long specialty – Grilled sea Sam

Sea Sam is a precious and unique seafood. However, it is difficult to prepare and requires experienced cooks. Sea Sam has fragrant meat, moderate sweetness, and chewiness, which is a dish present on the menu of the most delicious restaurants in Ha Long. Because the shape is easily confused with the so (poisonous seafood), care should be taken when buying selling, or processing yourself. Sam is processed into many delicious dishes such as sam rolls, sam eggs, sam noodles, grilled sam cartilage, sam stir-fried vermicelli, etc. 

6. Gat Gu Cake

Enjoy the delicious specialty of Quang Ninh Gat Gu cake that pleases tourists

In appearance, Gat Gu Cake is quite similar to rolls but has a more unique way of making it. The cake has no filling, when eating dip the piece of cake into a cup of special dipping sauce that makes diners excited. The reason this cake has this unique name is thanks to its unique “swaying” appearance. The piece of cake is curled, long, flexible, nodding up and down when held in hand. When eating, you should swipe the cake with a piece of chili sauce to feel the pungent tingling taste on the tip of the tongue, stimulating the taste buds on winter days. Gat Gu Cake is a familiar rustic dish, sold in many places in Ha Long.

7. Ha Porridge

This porridge has a sweet taste of fresh seafood and is very easy to eat

One more Ha Long specialty dish for seafood enthusiasts. Ha porridge is made from Acorn Barnacle – a small animal that possesses high nutritional value. The porridge is sweet with seafood flavor and smells of fragrant roasted rice, served with herbs is very delicious. This is the ideal dining experience for dinner or dinner on cool weather days.

Above are suggestions of famous specialty dishes for you to have a journey to discover what to eat in Ha Long with a lot of attractive flavors. Karst Plateau wish you have a memorable trip to Ha Long and enjoy all the specialties of this coastal city.

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