7 famous specialties in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Halong tourism in particular and Quang Ninh in general not only owns beautiful natural landscapes but also many famous and savoury specialties from sea waves. Here are the lists of can-not-miss dishes that you should try when visiting Halong.

1. Sticky rice with grilled chopped squid (Xôi trắng chả mực )

xoi trang cha muc

Sticky rice with golden grilled chopped squid, eat with fish sauce and pepper, all make a super delicous dish for breakfast or lunch. The average price for a plate ranges from 15,000 to 20,000 VND, or you can buy only grilled chopped squid with the price from 250,000 VND.

2. Pancake with grilled chopped squid (Bánh cuốn chả mực)

banh cuon cha muc

“Banh cuon” with meat, mushrooms, fungus, shredded meat and onion-scented, served with famous grilled chopped squid, all create unforgetable taste. You can enjoy it  near Bach Dang cinema, Halong city.

3. Ngán dish (Món ngán)


“Ngán” is a bivalve mollusk such as clams, can be processed in various ways: grilled, steamed, made soup, fried with noodles or vegetables. “Ngán” also can be used to make wine which owns sea scented. You can try it in all restaurants in Halong, if you want to buy wine, you can go to Cai Ram market and Vuon Dao area.

4. Sipunculus (Sá sùng)


Sipunculus is a kind of sand worm, a kind of seafood that only exists in Halong. Fresh sipunculus fried with garlic spikes make a delicious dish. You can dry sipunculus into dark brown then grilled or roasted it to use with a cold cup of beer or spices for noodle broth. Sipunculus are rare, if also very high price, one kg close to 4 million.

5. Horseshoe crab( Món sam biển )


Another attractive specialty of Halong is horseshoe crab, an arthropod crustacean. From this, people can process a lot of delicious and unusual dishes such as: blood pudding, salad, sweet and sour fried legs, sauteed with lemon grass, fried horseshoe crab’s eggs, steamed, baked cartilage, fried with vermicelli and so on. You want to enjoy it, let’s go to Gieng Don or Cao Xanh area.

6. Cà sáy Tiên Yên


“Cà sáy” is the hybrid of duck and cairina, through processing of Tien Yen people, the flavor becomes doublly delicious. Tien Yen people process “cà sáy” and make its specialized sauce which has the fragnant flavor of Cai Rong, Van Yen, Cat Hai fish sauce, the sweetness of Quang Tay “xá xị” and the mild pungency of  Tien Yen ginger grown on home soil.

7. Hoanh Bo soaked wine rice (Rượu nếp ngâm Hoành Bồ ở Hạ Long)


Wine is made from local specialty – glutinous rice. No pounding sticky rice is cooked then incubated. When fermented and soaked to the point, people enter the ferment  leaves that  taken from Hoanh Bo forest, after long time it turns into alcohol which is put into the jars to drink slowly. Hoanh Bo soaked rice wine are sour, slightly sweet, which stimulates digestion that is very good, especially in the summer.