living in tropical climates, is not difficult when you can find in Vietnam a lot of special dishes and wild nature. menu with culinary style is extremely rich, it will help you have many different choices. and the list below will help you to find your own choice
Duck embryo (Trứng vịt lộn)
It can be translated into English: fatal duck egg, half-hatched duck egg. The dish is made with nearly-hatched duck eggs, which are boiled, and served with fresh herbs (Rau Răm or Vietnamese Coriander), ginger, salt mixed with pepper and lime juice.
This meat is another bizarre food to many foreigners and one of favorite dishes for drinkers in Vietnam.
After harvesting, farmers usually trap and catch mice in rice fields. Mouse meat can be drilled, fried, or barbecued and become a delicious, tasty specialty in many luxury restaurants.
The cook forces the snake spit its venom into a glass and mixes with local wine. The reptile, which is still live, then is gutted in front of you. Its blood is drained into a glass and then mixed with rice vodka. The snake bile is put into another rice vodka bottle.
So there will be three types of wine container venom (yellow color), blood (reddish), and bile (green). These all are said to help strengthen virility, tone, and digestion. Some bold men can even eat the still beating heart of the copra by just … swallowing it.
To start the meal, drinkers enjoy these liquors while waiting for the restaurant to serve snake meat. The snake meat, skin, and bones then can be cooked in many ways: fried, curries, etc. All are delicious and tasty.
Raw blood soups (tiết canh)-special dishes for drinkers
As the name suggests, the soup is mainly made of raw blood of animals: ducks, geese, goats, pigs, etc. Sometimes, other animals also count: shrimp, dog…The fresh blood is poured into small bowls, mixed with chopped cartilage and cutting herbs, and after a while, gently congeals. The food readily serves after being scattered on top with chopped peanuts.
Vietnamese drinkers, love this favorite protein-rich dish in breakfasts and in drinking parties. However, foreigners dare not to eat because they think that’s a terrible and unhygienic food. And in fact, if unsure of the origin, especially from street food stalls, you should not eat blood soup for the sake of your health.
Dog meat, cat meat
Those meats are just similar to beef, pork, or chicken and used as normal foods. However, these weird Vietnamese foods are really found disgusting or offensive to foreigners as they are pet for animal lovers like them.
As sad and repulsive as it is for me, this is just a cultural thing that one has to accept. Still, it always bothers me when I see a cute puppy running down the street and I know that sooner or later it will probably end up in someone’s meat & rice. No matter how delicious it is (cause’ I used to have these types of meat), eating our own puppies or kitten is inhuman and unacceptable.
Bird’s nest soup
Bird’s nests are created by swiftlet, entirely out of the bird’s saliva. These nests are high in calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. They are hard when harvested, but partially dissolve into a more jelly-like consistency when boiled into soup.
Cave swiftlet nest high up on sheer rock walls inside pitch dark caves, where they build sticky nests out of their own saliva. Today, the swiftlets are encouraged to build their nests in artificially constructed concrete nesting houses. Even so, bird’s nest are still high in value and often prepared in soup as illustrated below. This dish not only has high nutritional value and exquisite flavor but also represents a beautiful meaning of life, the sacrifice of parents for their children – it’s true for all kinds of beings.