LAO CAI – Spicy sturgeon hotpot, grilled chicken with green pepper or grilled pork served with lam rice are suitable dishes during the holiday season.
Under the cold weather of the highlands, the following culinary suggestions will make your trip to Sapa more complete.
With a cool year-round climate and a cold winter even with snow, Sa Pa has been a place for salmon farming for many years. Fish with firm meat, firm texture, no fat, bright pink, soft and sweet, is suitable for processing into many different dishes, most notably salmon salad, salmon hotpot, grilled salmon. ..
When choosing a menu, you should order from two to three dishes, eat without getting bored and can feel the salmon taste longer. Combining salmon with cold vegetables with a few cups of corn wine from Bac Ha or Muong Khuong will bring you a delicious meal to remember for a long time.
Most restaurants in Sa Pa have salmon, you should choose salmon restaurants to have a better selection of fresh fish and a better processing level. Photo: Huyen Pham
Coming to Sa Pa, Y Ty, or any other place in Lao Cai, visitors can easily enjoy the famous sturgeon hotpot. This is a suitable dish in the cold weather in the highlands in the evening. Some of the shops selling dishes made from sturgeon are Tinh Tue restaurant (Lao Cai city), Y Ty Dai thousand Homestay (Nhi Co San, Bat Xat) or Cau May 2 (SaPa). The price of each meal is about 100,000-200,000 VND per person. At some restaurants, salmon is also served together when guests order sturgeon hotpot.
Sturgeon hot pot. Photo: Lan Huong
Grilled Ban Pig with cast iron base
Pigs in mountainous areas are raised by ethnic minorities and fed with corn, potatoes, and cassava, so the meat is firm, sweet, and has thick skin. Visitors can try grilled pig with cast iron base. After preliminary processing and marinating, the meat will be placed on cast iron and grilled directly on the fire with onions, scallions, lemongrass, chili… keeping the heat, radiating slightly and the meat is close to the cast iron. crispy burn. Restaurants often serve extra green chili sauce. Each serving costs from 200,000 to 250,000 VND, served in restaurants on Xuan Vien and Luong Dinh Cua streets. In restaurants, this type of meat is often processed by roasting the whole chicken, grilling bamboo tubes…
Charcoal grilled food
At the restaurants near Sa Pa market and the church, visitors can use tongs to choose the skewers they want, then give them back to the owner to bake. It will take about 5-10 minutes for the vegetables, chicken, pork, and sausage to cook. At this time, you can enjoy hot dishes, dip them in salt and pepper, and watch the night view of the town.
Each skewer costs about 10,000 – 20,000 VND for vegetables, chicken, pork, and sausage. Beef rolled with needle mushrooms, frogs, pork armpits, and chicken thighs are priced from 25,000 to 50,000 VND per skewer. The favorite dishes of tourists are Northwest sausage, grilled pork belly, pork roll with cabbage, dried buffalo meat…
The sidewalk barbecue shops on Thach Son and Cau May streets are chosen by many tourists. Photo: Ngan Duong
Com lam is a specialty of the northern mountainous provinces. Cooked from upland glutinous rice and baked in a bamboo tube, the rice has a light aroma and is flexible. To make the dish more attractive, the locals add water to the leaves. This dish is dipped with sesame salt, crushed peanuts or served with grilled pork. Lam rice is best eaten when grilled hot on the spot, you can also buy it as a gift for 80,000 VND for a bunch of 10 tubes.
Burnt horse meat with garlic and green pepper
Besides the famous Thang Co dish, horse meat in Sa Pa is also processed into many delicious dishes such as charcoal grill, foil grill, and stir-fried. In cold weather, visitors can enjoy horse meat with garlic and green pepper. After preliminary processing, horse meat is grilled over charcoal to have a crispy outside and rare inside. The chef will marinate the meat with satay sauce, garlic, minced dried onions, green pepper, then wrap it in foil and grill it over hot coals.
The price of a plate is 250,000 VND. Some reference restaurants in the town center are Thang Co Quanh 2, Thang Co Horse Bac Ha, Thang Co A Quynh, Lan Rung Sa Pa Restaurant…
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