Halong Bay – a paradise for seafood lovers - Halong Junk Cruises

Halong Bay – a paradise for seafood lovers

Halong Bay has a variety of seafood

Coming to Halong Bay, visitors can contemplate the beauty of one of World’s Natural Heritage Site, but aside from this, you will be impressed by the variety of seafood and their fresh and delicious taste. Halong Bay is truly a paradise for seafood lovers.

Halong Bay offer a variety of seafood such as: oysters, snails, scallops, crabs, shrimps, squishes, fishes, etc. Halong Bay is said to have more delicious seafood than the other coastal places in Vietnam because many rock islands and coral reefs in Halong Bay provide nutrients for marine species, so seafood in the cliffs and coral reefs is very diverse and have rich taste, especially oysters. Oysters from Halong Bay are sweet and fatty, which is one of the best in Vietnam. Halong bay tours

Halong Bay has a variety of seafood

Halong Bay has a variety of seafood

Oysters in Halong are said to be the best in Vietnam

Oysters in Halong are said to be the best in Vietnam

Aside from the common seafood, Halong Bay also has some rare types. Tu Hai (“Tu Hài” in Vietnamese) is a type of shellfish, the speciality of Van Don Island. Its shell has a thin long shape, and it is a bit chewier than scallop, but very sweet. It tastes the best when steamed or baked.

“Tu Hai” – a speciality of Van Don Island

“Tu Hai” – a speciality of Van Don Island

Ngan (Vietnamese: “Ngán”) is another type of rare shellfish in Halong Bay. Even rarer than Tu Hai, it can only be found in Quang Ninh Province. It looks like a clam but much bigger. Ngan is often cooked in porridge or soup. It is also claimed to be good for a person’s circulatory system, so the local created Ruou Ngan (Ngan dipped in wine) as a kind of cordial. Ruou Ngan is a unique speciality of Halong. It tastes tangy and slightly salty for the first taste, after that its fragrance remains at the tip of tongue, which is very addictive. Travel to Vietnam

“Ngan” is a rare type of shellfish available only in Quang Ninh Province

“Ngan” is a rare type of shellfish available only in Quang Ninh Province

An exciting way to enjoy seafood in Halong Bay is to taste them on the tourist boats. The seafood may be boiled, steamed or fried, but eating them with hotpot. The traditional hotpot soup has a kind of sour taste made from tamarind, star fruits, tomato, etc. Fresh seafood caught from the sea is served with tofu, noodles and many kinds of green vegetables such as water spinach, broccoli, fresh onions, celery, cauliflower, etc… to go with the hotpot soup altogether.

Putting them into a hotpot is the best way to taste seafood in Halong

Putting them into a hotpot is the best way to taste seafood in Halong

The variety and good quality of seafood is also a selling point of Halong Bay. The seafood there has a rich and delicious taste that will melt even the hardest of appetites.

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