Hi you guys
I was born in Halong and now live in this city, I would like to share some information about eating when you travel to Halong bay from Hanoi.
Besides the spectacular natural scenery, Halong is also known for its diverse culinary culture processed from delicious seafood. Many specialties of Halong has become well-known such as Halong grilled squid, fish sauce of Cai Rong, Tu Hai (Geoduck clam) in Van Don…
In terms of eating, Bai Chay area is expensive indeed, especially at the beaches on public holidays is just horrible, I would like to have 2 suggestions:
– Eating on the shore: You can take a taxi to Cai Dam area where there are many snail restaurant, I usually eat at Kim Quy or Ngoc Suong 2, cost about 300.000 (14 usd) vnd each, more expensive choices are Golden Crab or Thien Anh restaurants, no less than 500.000 vnd (25 usd) per person.
– Eating on the sea: Take your time for a trip to Cot 5 area, it cost maximum 7 usd for a taxi from Bai Chay, Mai Linh taxi is recommended. My favourite place here is Hong Quang or Hong Dam fish farms, very fresh seafood from the sea, it is very interesting if you go in summer, it cost about 15 usd/person including some beers and fizzy drinks, generally it cannot be less than 10 usd/person. In addition you can go to Hai Sam farm in Cai Dam area however this place is not as good as in Cot 5, sometimes I come here if not wanting to go too far. About 12-15 usd/person is plentiful.
In a word, eating in Halong is not cheap, restaurants and fishing farms have the same price, you can change the atmosphere by going to a floating farm on the sea. In addition, you are recommended to order Ngan (Oyster), baked or steamed, this specialty is only available in Halong bay, wine lovers can also order Oyster blood wine, very good for health.
Other specialties worth mentioning is Cha Muc (Grilled squid), Halong inhabitants usually have with sticky rice or Banh Cuon (rolled rice pancake). To make a distinctive flavor of this dish, you need to select the freshest squid, freshly caught from the sea, and this dish must be process by hand, served with fish sauce and pepper. Visit Halong you can enjoy this specialty at Nha Hat street, cost only 1 usd/person, this is consider a typical specialty of Halong
Sa Sung (Beach worm)
Perhaps this is the most expensive dish in Halong, actually you can find it only in Quan Lan island in Bai Tu Long bay, Sa Sung is a type of earth worm living in the sand at beaches, they tend to live in clean environment with oxygen, in the polluted area Sa Sung is never found. People in Halong use Sa Sung to make different dishes. However price is not cheap at all, 1 kg of dry Sa Sung is worth 100 – 300 usd depending on quality.
Tu Hai (Geoduck clam)
You have been familiar with crabs, sentinels, prawns how about Tu Hai? It is a kind of rare seafood with high value of nutrition and is naturally not cheap. Tu Hai can be found only along the shore of Bai Tu Long bay in Van Don district, Quang Ninh province.
In addition, there are many other appealing dishes in Halong await you. For the seafood lovers can find in Halong many delicious dishes, prices are very affordable at only about 3 usd to 8 usd depending on the type of dish you have.
At night, you can also eat at the night market in the Thanh Nien night market or food street Gieng Don. Food quarter is the most visited place in Halong city. You can also go to cafes like Emeraude on Halong road, many international visitors come for cozy and elegant atmostphere or Wifi Laptop Cafe in the centre of Halong city.