Vietnam: Unique specialties in Sapa


Not only famous for beautiful natural scenary, Sapa also attracts tourists by delicious local food which is the special taste of the Northwest region in Vietnam. Below is some famous specialties of Sapa that you should try when travel in Sapa.

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Sapa salmon

Thanks to temperate climate, Sapa can be rear successfully. Unlike imported salmon, Sapa salmon is very fresh with pink color, low-fat and highly nutritious.

Salmon can be cooked into many delicious dishes like: salmon salad, grilled salmon, sashimi, salmon curry soup… However, salmon hot pot is the favorite dish of tourists who came here.

Salmon reared in Sapa is mainly rainbow trout. If you want to see how they rear salmon, you can visit Silver Fall. In the cold of Sapa, enjoying a cup of wild apple wine with salmon hot pot is the most unforgettable memory.

Pork meat (caught in hand)

“Caught in hand” is a phrase of an image of Sapa people catch pigs in their hands to the market to sell. The buyer will do the same action to bring pigs home.

Sapa pork via Vietnam travel agency

Pork meat is the special dish of this highland. If you don’t try pork meat, that means you haven’t been in Sapa yet. With many recipes and delicious meat, sipping with some wine will make you fall in love with this dish at very first sight.

Sapa grilled food

While sipping and enjoying Sapa cuisine, grilled food has bene a familiar “brand” which is very different from the others.

It seems that every dish can be the ingredient of grilled food: from vegetable to egg, meat, fish, bird… What makes Sapa grilled food different from other cities is the way of marinating.

Dried meat

The taste of kitchen smoke with careful marination of the local people has made the special taste of Sapa dried meat. Dried meat can be made from buffalo, beef, pork…

To make this dish, they choose lean meat then marinate with some kinds of highland vegetable with salt, pepper. Finally, they will hang it at the corner of their kitchens so that this dish can be called smoked meat.

This is the dish that you have to try when visiting Sapa. the taste of chewy, spicy and smoke will be a memorable experience.

Wild apple wine

In Sapa, wild apple grows by itself in forest, especially on Hoang Lien Son Mount in Sapa. this kind of fruit is like a nature gift for H’mong people.

Wild apple wine via Pinterest

Wild apple is made of the taste forest, a little sour, sweet and acrid. The wild apple will be steeped in a long time to make wine. Wild apple wine is steeped in big bottle. Its recipe is like steeped plum but with less sugar. Before steeping, we peel and soak in water then dry the wild apple.

At the first time, you will feel that it is just like a common fruit juice. But when you drink more, you can feel the taste of the Northwest forest.

Mustard greens

Sapa mustard greens can be cooked in many dishes: fried, boiled, make soup or make hot pot. Usually, you can chop in small pieces, crush some ginger and boil then you will have a delicious bowl of mustard greens soup.

Or you can cook with chopped chicken, but don’t forget to add ginger, salt and fish sauce. The sweet taste of chicken and a little bitter of mustard greens make this dish special.

Mustard greens can also be cooked with beef, especially bacon. The taste of crunchy, chewy of this kind of vegetable with the taste of bacon is the special taste of the highland.

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