Quang Ninh is the home to islands and sea, therefore, this land is always famous for the rich sources of fresh seafood that can please any tourists. Let’s check out unique seafood that are only available in Quang Ninh.
Specialty of long leg octopus (Octopus dollfusi – Rua��c la��)
As a type of the octopus, but octopus dollfusi is only small as a toe, round head like a guava and it has long legs. Because of these characteristics, fishermen call them with the name of mini octopus or long leg octopus.
Referring to Halong (Quang Ninh), the seafood lovers will be very interested, because here there are countless delicious dishes such as peanut-worm, geoduck, grilled oyster with onions, fresh crabs or dishes from sam (horseshoe crab). Besides, visitors who come here are also introduced by fishermen about octopus dollfusi.
Octopus dollfusi often dig holes, living around the mud. Compared with other places, sea water in Quang Ninh is not too salty, so the octopus dollfusi here is also fresh and delicious. The octopus dollfusi having all equal tentacles, deep dark color, flexible movements and much viscous on body will certainly have the best taste.
At times, octopus dollfusi has its own characteristics and flavor. From July to October of lunar calendar, long leg octopus is in the easy to catch time and has delicious meat. When it lays eggs, people often called rua��c c??m xôi (steamed sticky rice octopus) because of the strange fat taste. For the gourmand, enjoying long leg octopus with some mud clam alcohol is irresistible.
In order to catch the long leg octopus, fishermen have to use a special cage or find in the holes, the fishing techniques are also higher requirements than common seafood. Every night “A�i ngòi” (log leg octopus catching as the call of local people), people have to bring more lights, find in each hole.
Each octopus dollfusi with the head just like the guava has the legs of 20 cm long so called long leg octopus. This is also a way to distinguish the short-leg octopus living in sea water. Long leg octopus is more delicious than the short leg one. In the coastal area of a��a��Quang Ninh, almost people do know how to make the best dishes from long leg octopuses.
From fresh mini octopus, visitors can enjoy a variety of dishes such as boiled mini octopus, grilled mini octopus, or sweet mini octopus soup with broth and spices. When eating soup, visitors should cut the octopus into bowls and then enjoy the taste better. The hot mini octopus mixed with the cool, sour taste of broth will make the irresistible taste.
Octopus dollfusi is processed in many ways such as grilled, dipped in vinegar, stir-fried with garlic, steamed with ginger … But whatever it is, the octopus here is still very crunchy, with no fishy taste of the sea.
The most popular traditional dish can be referred to as boiled mini octopus with guava leaves. Although it is boiled, it requires the complex process. Right from the selection of raw materials, people here have to choose fresh living octopuses, put into the salt to remove the viscosity. This process also makes the meat tender and crispy.
After being cleaned, mini octopus is boiled with guava leaves, tamarind leaves, lemongrass leaves to enhance the flavor of the dish, while at the same time deodorizing the fishy flavor and making the meat tender. After cooking, the octopus turns pink, the tentacles bend like flowers. Normally, the chef will not boil in long time to avoid getting slipped, losing its natural flavor.
Expensive seafood in Quang Ninh – Sá sùng (Peanut worm)
The reddish-brown peanut worm which looks like an earthworm, has tiny strands of thread along its length, similar to ribs, but larger in size, lighter color and sandy intestines. A fresh peanut worm is 7-15 cm long, thick body, but when dry, the body is only 6-10 cm long, fresh worms when cooked is only about 5-7 cm.
Peanut worm is a species with many nutritional values a��a��such as amino acids, glycine, alanine, glutamine, succinic … and many taurine, minerals. Peanut worm foods are organically debris, phytoplankton suspended in water, and nowadays peanut worms are naturally exploited and can not be cultivated. The peanut worms live in sandy beaches with high tides and low tides, they only rise at night to go to feed, mating. Therefore, the digging time is usually early in the morning, when the tide has just withdrawn, people will trace their prints on the sand, then quickly dig the sand layer and eject them out. However, the digging of peanut worm requires technical skill and experience and to recognize the signs of the worm under the sand as well as do not break the body when digging.
In Quang Ninh, peanut worms are concentrated in the sandy beaches of Minh Chau island commune, Quan Van of Van Don district, peanut worms there are also rated as the most delicious with the highest price in the country. Each kilogram of dried peanut worm costs from 3.5 to 4.5 million VND, the closer the holidays are, the higher the price is. This is also a famous place for the digging of the women on the island. People in Quan Lan island often call peanut worm as con ma��i (bait), because of their tough body, sweet and fishy taste. In the past, the fishermen know how to use peanut worm as bait, the name also comes from that.
The preliminary processing of peanut worm needs to be very sophisticated, because it must be flipped thoroughly, then washed several times with salt to take out the sand and the fishy smell until it turns from the reddish brown to pinkish white. Most people know about roasted or fried chili sauce peanut worm, served with herbs mixed with beer and peanuts. The roasted dried peanut worm has a characteristic aroma, while chewing, it is crunchy, tough and has sweet taste. However, the worms are also grilled and used to season the pot of broth to cook aromatic, delicious, natural sweet noodles.
When choosing peanut worms, you should choose thick body ones with the ivory color, no sand and have the characteristic aroma of seafood. Despite precious seafood, high economic value, peanut worm is often confused with the earthworm, by similar looking. However, after flipping and washing, peanut worms are white pink while the earthworms have gray and opaque color.
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