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
Fried Crickets – special dishes for beer drinkers
Peppered and presented in a neat circle on a bed of green leaves, deep fried and crispy crickets have become “finger food for beer drinkers” in an age of increasing prosperity in Vietnam compared with the recent past when they might have been food for the hungry or for wartime soldiers surviving in the jungle. Its taste is very particular, very delicious with good smell but it is very difficult to compare cricket to other meat.
Cricket dishes offers “young crickets deep fried,” “cricket salad,” “breaded cricket,” “cricket noodle” and “peppered cricket”, which may come in various sizes, shapes and colors nestled on long yellow noodles, or battered, or stood on their legs atop a dark-green salad. Crickets is a gift of childhood recalling the days when every child hided away from parents, catching crickets to watch them fight for entertainment after consuming dozens of bottles of water to get them choked. The insect has a special place in Vietnamese literature through a book called “The adventure of a cricket” by To Hoai. A picture book and a cartoon film were based on the story.
Eating sago delight
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Sago delight is larva of coconut’s bug that lives on eating heart coconut palm. Sago delight squeezes the coconut tree and damages it but its meat is very delicious and renowned as a specialty of Mekong delta. It looks like young worm, with soft body and milky-white color.
The most popular dish from sago delight is fresh sago delight served with spicy fish sauce. When tasting, you will feel the fatty flavor that is somehow similar to egg yolk for some people, no matter how hard it seems to enjoy when having your tongue contact with this creature at first.
It literally means the coffee made out of the dung of weasels or civet cats, which eat coffee bean and give out a great local coffee materials.
This specialty has high quality thanks to the ripen coffee beans the animals chose to eat, and its digestive system help to add more flavor to the coffee.
Snake and Scorpion Wines
Those are rice wines dipped with copra snakes or scorpions. The poison of the animals is cancelled out by the alcoholic content of the liquor.
Besides, Vietnamese have other type of wines called “medicine wines” (rượu thuốc), which include other elements like herb, snake skin, bear hands, gecko, goat’s testicles.
Those drinks are among favorite liquors in Vietnam. They are served for drinking hobby, similar to other kinds of wine or beer. Moreover, many of them have effects of supporting health and curing illness like: back pain, rheumatism, lumbago, etc.