Not only does Ha Long Bay possess a fantastic limestone cave system which has attracted a large-scale number of tourists in recently years, but it also offers a variety of excellent dishes that visitors must not miss out on. Were you to have a chance to visit Ha Long, make sure that you try all of the top 3 dishes suggested below.
- Sticky rice and squid sausage
Sticky rice is a common dish in Vietnamese cuisine; however, sticky rice with squid sausage is a Ha Long’s unique feature that tourists cannot have anywhere else. Squid sausage is a mixture of fresh squids and seasonings deep fried in hot oil. It is often served with a special fish sauce and best tasted with some coriander.
The price varies from 15,000 – 20,000 dong per each. Tourists can also buy squid sausage as gifts for family and friends with a reasonable price, around 200,000 – 250,000 dong/kg.
- “Gật gù” cake
As Vietnam is a water-rice culture, rice plays an essential part in Vietnamese cuisine. Another dish that tourists coming to Ha Long should definitely give it a try is “gật gù” cake, which is actually thin rice rolls made of rice powder.
The name “gật gù” in Vietnamese means nodding head continuously, which explains the fact that the cake is so good that during the meal tourists cannot help nodding their heads satisfactorily.
“Gật gù” cake served with a special sauce and pork stew is absolutely a wise choice for a local food tour experience.
- Hoành Bồ wine
Unlike most varieties of wine, which are made from fermented fruit, Hoành Bồ wine is made from fermented glutinous rice and fermented leaves in Hoành Bồ forest, with a process in which yeast transforms the sugars into alcohol.
Tasting sweet and a bit sour, it is proved to be good for digestive system, thus is one of the most consumed beverage in Ha Long.