There are many delicious dishes that you should try in Sapa, such as ‘thắng cố, wild small pigs (lợn cắp nách), 7 colors steam sticky rice, etc. However, there are also some dishes that you can only enjoy in “homestay”. Let’s find out and try famous local dishes.
Well-known local dishes in Sapa
Grilled fish is one of the most favorite dishes in Sapa. Unlike fishes in lake, the fishes caught in stream have solid meat, soft bones and not being sickliness.
Grilled fish – The local food you must try in Sapa.
Fishes, after being caught from cliffs in Muong Hoa, Muong Tien stream, would be put in bamboo and grilled on hot coal. The scent, sweet meat and soft bones are so charming that you could enjoy it again and again. In order to make this hot dish in Sapa more tasteful, don’t forget to prepare fish sauce with pepper and chili to combine with it.
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Although it is the speciality of North-Western and American countries, now you can enjoy delicious dishes from salmon like raw salmon, salmon hot spot, grilled salmon, etc. when visiting Sapa.
Salmon in Sapa also has solid sweet meat, and pink color. It looks similar to those in Nortth-Wester. Especially, Sapa’s salmon are cooked with special species, wild vegetables and Docynia indica alcohol, which gets the dishes out of sickliness smell.
Enjoy tasteful salmon in Sapa.
You can find and try Sapa specialities in any restaurants in town. However, the most delicious one is in Thac Bac lake. If you visit Thac Bac or climp up to Fansipan, do not forget to eat raw fish, or order the resraurants in town.
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Cai meo vegetable
It is a significant vegetable in Sapa, which has long dark green leaves of 2 types: with hair and without hair. The hairy one is more sweet, crunchy and delicious, so it is often chosen to cook. In the past, people in Sapa only grow Cai meo for food, not for sale. However, due to the demand of tourists, now it is on sale in the town, and even becomes one of the most famous dishes in Sapa’s restaurants and hotels.
Cai Meo – You should try some unique and tasteful dishes from Cai Meo.
People usually turn this kind of vegetable into many delicious dishes that you should enjoy such as fried and boiled dishes, hot pot, ginger soup or barbecue, etc. Anyway, Cai Meo still retains the sweet taste as its throne.
Sapa Shiitake Mushrooms
Unlike any shiitake mushrooms that we often see, Sapa shiitake mushrooms are a gift of nature giving to this majestic land. Mushrooms here very big, crunchy, and very aromatic.
There are delicious, unique and attractive dishes that you must eat when traveling to Sapa which made from shiitake mushrooms, such as to shiitake fried with vegetables, mushroom hot spot, grilled fresh mushrooms, and so on.
Sapa Shiitake Mushrooms – The local dish that you should try at least once in Sapa.
Besides enjoying the delicious dishes from mushrooms Sapa, you can also buy dried or fresh mushrooms in the Sapa market for gifts or gradually use. Prices depend on the type you buy, it generally range from 80.000-130.000 VND/1kg (~ $4 - $6/1kg).
In addition to those good, rustic and famous dishes above, you should also try sour bamboo shoots, chayote, wild small pigs or the sidewalk barbecue and fruit.
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