Well-known for the unique cuisine, Vietnam is a perfect destination for foodies. There are many Vietnam food tours available to choose, and a food tour to Cat Ba Island is one of the best options. Not only is the island renowned for its perfect natural settings of karst caves, stunning beaches, and diverse ecosystem, Cat Ba is also famous for its fresh seafood. There are plenty of delicious dishes made from seafood that would satisfy your taste buds.
Cat Ba Island
Similar to most of the islands and coastal areas, fishing is the main occupation of the locals in Cat Ba. You can easily catch the image of fishing boats or floating fishing villages along the coast and among the limestone islets on the nearby Bays. Therefore, the seafood is extraordinarily fresh and will definitely whet your appetite. The best dishes in Cat Ba Islands that you should not miss are as follows:
Geoduck is a rare kind of mollusk which has very high nutritional value and is proved to be exceptionally good for man. In addition to its significant health value, geoduck has a really good taste.
Geoduck – a Cat Ba specialty
There are many different ways to cook geoduck: salad, grilled, porridge, and especially, spicy-steamed. The taste of the dish depends on the additional ingredients such as onion, garlic, and chilies. The taste is really lip-smacking.
This big-sized kind of crab is possessed into several dishes such as salad, steamed king crab, sweet and sour crab foot, and baked crab egg. The dishes are often served with chilies, onion, garlic, fresh herbs, etc. The savory taste of these delicacies would definitely grab your taste buds.
Song fish is a fish which only lives in the warm water of the Pacific Ocean. There are about 37 species of Song fish and many of them are of significant nutritional and economic value. Especially, the three types of Song fish: “song mo”, “song den”, and “song cao” in Cat Ba Islands are among the top dishes that travelers should not ignore when having Vietnam food tours. Song fish soup, hot pot, steamed and grilled fish are some recommended dishes made from Song fish that you should sample.
Grilled sea snake
Sea snake is found only in the Indian or Pacific Ocean. It has a long (about 1.2 meter) and thin body and is often mistaken for eel and conger. Sea snake is said to be a very nutritious food. It has the delectable taste when being grilled.
Renowned as the king of seafood, lobster is a favorite food of almost every tourist when having a Cat Ba food tour. Lobster is rich in protein and low in fat and calories. The meat and the mud (inside the head) has a great flavor that would satisfy all customers. Lobsters can be cooked in different ways: steam, grill, fry, and make salad.
“Pho” (Vermicelli) is what pops up in foreigners’ minds when talking about Vietnam cuisine, and Cat Ba Island has its own variant of this dish. What makes Cat Ba’s “Pho” different from others is the main material: shrimp. Not only is it used to make broth but shrimp is also the main topping. The mouth-watering dish consists of vermicelli, shrimp, tomatoes, onions, and grilled fish. These things altogether create a colorful dish with blissful smell and taste.
Travelers can try the fresh seafood at any eateries along the coast. They offer delicious dishes at a reasonable price. If you are seeking a more unforgettable moment, you can try cooking and eating seafood on a secluded beach while discovering the Bay. It is wonderful to eat seafood while watching the sun going down.
Of course, there is not only seafood in Cat Ba Island. Thanks to the development of tourism industry, many restaurants, hotels, and resorts have been built. They provide travelers with different kinds of food, from seafood, top Vietnam food to western delicacies. But honestly, nothing can defeat seafood. It would be a big regret to leave the beach without trying seafood, right?
On the whole, the charming beauty of Cat Ba Island lies not only in its spectacular landscape but also in its special cuisine. This is absolutely a perfect destination for Vietnam food tours.