If you have chance to visit Halong bay, Vietnam, in addition to fresh seafood dishes, it is sure that you will be served Cha muc Halong (dipped squid) - a Halong speciality.
What is dipped squid and why it becomes Halong speciality?
Halong dipped squid is a dish made of fresh squid and special spices. It is said that the ingredient to make this dipped squid must be Mai squid. Because that type of squid be caught in the Halong bay area will produce a sweet-smelling. Squid in the central and southern seas will have more salty taste than the squid that is caught in Halong bay. Perhaps this is what makes this dish become Halong speciality.
This dipped squid served with sweet scented sticky rice and chili sauce is the best and the most a popular dish at the banquets held in Halong bay. Besides, it is also a speciality that every visitor want to buy as a present.
How to make Cha muc Halong?
In Ha Long, Quang Ninh, squid making business has a history of more than 70 years. Most processors use the hand-pounding method.
First of all must choose fresh squid with blue skin, thick meat, are caught in Halong bay, Co To...Material after the selection will be cleaned, pre-processed and frozen at a temperature of 35 degrees Celsius.
After a suitable amount of time, the workers will defrost and then manually cut the squid manually, add salt, pepper, fish sauce, garlic, onion and some glutinous rice flour to create adhesiveness. The mixture of ingredients does not contain any color additives, odors or preservatives.
Next, the squeezed squash will molded and fried in large oil pan. Cooking oil for frying is vegetarian oil and used only once for safety. After frying, the workers bring the dried oil to pack. Each dipped squid is carefully placed on a food tray and vacuumed. This helps protecting dipped squid from insects and bacteria, to prevent damage, mold and increase storage for up to 6 months. Before being sold, the product is stored in cold storage with a temperature of minus 18 degrees Celsius.
Before using, you should deep fry dipped squid again. Cha muc is brought to the visitors are delicious, yellow color, keep the sweetness taste and attractive smelling of fresh squid... This is the preferred gift to buy tourists as a gift to relatives. On the market, the price of frost dipped squid varies from 300,000 VND to approximately 500,000 VND per kilo.
Just simple, this Halong speciality has come into the hearts of many customers and visitors. In 2013, dipped squid topped the list of 50 best Vietnamese specialties based on the value-added criteria issued by the Vietnam Guinness book center.