Discover top 5 special food of Cat Ba Island

  • 12/01/2020

Traveling to Cat Ba, tourists will not only enjoy the natural scenery, breathe fresh air, swim in the sea, but also enjoy the dishes made from delicious food. The special food of Cat Ba is always one of the reasons to keep visitors coming to this beautiful island. Following is the list of top 5 most tasty dishes you should try in Cat Ba Island.

1. Cat Ba Horseshoe Crab (Sam)

Sam, otherwise known as Horseshoe Crab, lives primarily in shallow ocean water which means that Cat Ba is the perfect habitat for them. This means that there is an abundance of Sam in Cat Ba Island. It can be prepared into many different dishes using crab as the primary ingredient. The preparation of the crabs requires three tools: a pointy knife, a cutting knife and a pair of scissors to cut the legs, scooping out the meat and removing the intestines and liver (these parts contain colic pathogens).


The meat of Sam can be processed into a lot of different foods, such as pudding crab, crab salad, sweet and sour crab legs, crab sauté with peppers and lemongrass, fried eggs and crab, steamed crabs, fried crab, fried crab’s cartilage, stir-fried crab and glass noodle. The endless menu of the horseshoe crab is always awaiting the visitors in Cat Ba, and it is always fresher than you can get anywhere else.

2. Sea Serpent

Sea snakes have small stems, 1-2m long slender scales, flattened behind like paddles. Small head covered with horns, venomous teeth are located in the upper jaw.

Sea Serpent

Snake catches on removing the viscera, retaining only the bile and fat layer. Rinse the solid blood with alcohol 90 degrees C (do not wash with water) and then desiccate or dry. Detail of newly cut sea snakes mixed with alcohol and aromatic substances cure many diseases of the blood, dizziness, back pain, bone pain, etc. 

3. Lobster

Lobster is considered as the king of seafood with a high level of nutrition and vitamin. The meat inside exoskeleton is firm and exquisitely sweet that you’ve never forgotten when eating once. You can eat all parts of the lobster, except for the shell and its stomach. The most delicate and sweet part of the lobster is the meat near the head and lobster’s tail rather than the meat in the claw and knuckle. The chunky meat of those tails is wonderfully tender and light in flavor.


Lobster can be cooked many delicious meals including lobster rice gruel, grilled lobster, steamed lobster, boiled lobster, hot pot of lobster, roasted lobster with salt, raw lobster, etc. In addition to this, lobster can be variably processed into different dishes like stewed lobster with shiitake mushroom, seaweed roll lobster, steamed lobster with wine, etc. The lobster is rare and valuable seafood that nature endows in Cat Hai District. Therefore, this is one of the best food in Cat Ba you should know as traveling to this island.

4. Tu Hai (Geoduck Clam)

The geoduck clam is a two-piece molluscous which is considered as a wonderful remedy for men. It’s not common amongst tourists like cockles, shells, oysters, etc but when you’ve tried the dishes made from the geoduck once, probably you’ve forgotten this flavor.

Geoduck Clam

Geoduck Clam could be processed to  many different dishes such as grilling, salads, porridge... by soaking it for 2 to 3 minutes in hot waterpots of about 80-90 degrees, then wash the outer shell, then use a scalpel to slit gently along the direction of the hose. Especially, steamed geoduck clam is notably recommended for tourists as the best food in Cat Ba Island. After steaming within 15 mins, the geoduck clam is displayed in the dish, its flavors combined with many spices make a perfect dish.

5. Cat Ba Shrimp Vermicelli

The main raw materials appealed for this dish are fresh shrimp from Cat Ba beaches. Then, they were peeled off the shell, fried shallots and a little hunting for real. Along with prawn fishcakes are golden and shining guise leaves few patties, add at Colocasia gigantea, fennel, sprinkle with a little practice and some finely chopped laksa tomato slices. Prawn noodle is charming by the sweetness along with the taste of shrimp, vegetables, and seasonings. Those who love shrimp noodle will remember to taste of sluggishness for sure.

Mien Tom

While eating, diners will feel the taste of the water days, the aroma of shrimp, the fried fish, and pungent smell especially indispensable guise leaves few patties. But more remarkable than the taste of sour tamarind water completely replace the vinegar and lemon juice for seasoning which are that we have grown accustomed. Noodle dish served with a little salad and add a few pieces of pepper before serving. A bowl of shrimp noodles makes a flavor explosion.


Written by: Hieu La

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