Hi you guys
I was born in Halong and now live in this city, I would like to share some
information about eating when you
travel Halong bay.
Besides the spectacular natural scenery, Halong is also known for its diverse
culinary culture processed from delicious seafood. Many specialties of Halong
has become well-known such as Halong grilled squid, fish sauce of Cai Rong, Tu
Hai (Geoduck clam) in Van Don...
In terms of eating, Bai Chay area is expensive indeed, especially at the beaches
on public holidays is just horrible, I would like to have 2 suggestions:
- Eating on the shore: You can take a taxi to Cai Dam area where there are many
snail restaurant, I usually eat at Kim Quy or Ngoc Suong 2, cost about 300.000
(14 usd) vnd each, more expensive choices are Golden Crab or Thien Anh
restaurants, no less than 500.000 vnd (25 usd) per person.
- Eating on the sea: Take your time for a trip to Cot 5 area, it cost maximum 7
usd for a taxi from Bai Chay, Mai Linh taxi is recommended. My favourite place
here is Hong Quang or Hong Dam fish farms, very fresh seafood from the sea, it
is very interesting if you go in summer, it cost about 15 usd/person including
some beers and fizzy drinks, generally it cannot be less than 10 usd/person. In
addition you can go to Hai Sam farm in Cai Dam area however this place is not as
good as in Cot 5, sometimes I come here if not wanting to go too far. About
12-15 usd/person is plentiful.
In a word, eating in Halong is not cheap, restaurants and fishing farms have the
same price, you can change the atmosphere by going to a floating farm on the
sea. In addition, you are recommended to order Ngan (Oyster), baked or steamed,
this specialty is only available in Halong bay, wine lovers can also order
Oyster blood wine, very good for health.
Other specialties worth mentioning is Cha Muc (Grilled squid),
Halong inhabitants usually have with sticky rice or Banh Cuon (rolled rice
pancake). To make a distinctive flavor of this dish, you need to select the
freshest squid, freshly caught from the sea, and this dish must be process by
hand, served with fish sauce and pepper. Visit Halong you can enjoy this
specialty at Nha Hat street, cost only 1 usd/person, this is consider a typical
specialty of Halong
Sa Sung (Beach worm)
Perhaps this is the most expensive dish in Halong, actually you can find it only
in Quan Lan island
in Bai Tu Long bay,
Sa Sung is a type of earth worm living in the sand at beaches, they tend to live
in clean environment with oxygen, in the polluted area Sa Sung is never found.
People in Halong use Sa Sung to make different dishes. However price is not
cheap at all, 1 kg of dry Sa Sung is worth 100 - 300 usd depending on quality.
Tu Hai (Geoduck clam)
You have been familiar with crabs, sentinels, prawns how about Tu Hai? It is a
kind of rare seafood with high value of nutrition and is naturally not cheap. Tu
Hai can be found only along the shore of Bai Tu Long bay in Van Don district,
Quang Ninh province.
In addition, there are many other appealing dishes in Halong await you. For the
seafood lovers can find in Halong many delicious dishes, prices are very
affordable at only about 3 usd to 8 usd depending on the type of dish you have.
At night, you can also eat at the night market in the Thanh Nien night market or
food street Gieng Don. Food quarter is the most visited place in Halong city.
You can also go to cafes like Emeraude on Halong road, many international
visitors come for cozy and elegant atmostphere or Wifi Laptop Cafe in the centre
of Halong city.