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Top 4 Unique, Must-try Seafood Dishes in Vietnam

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Tuna fish eyes – a delicious dish of Phu Yen

Photo: ntvvirus
Photo: ntvvirus

The land of “yellow flowers and green grass” has many unique specialtries that charm tourists. One of them is tuna fish eyes, a plate that sounds “disgusting” to many but rarely disappoints.

Tuna found in Phu Yen seas can range from 40 kg to 50 kg per fish. Because they have big eyes, the fisherman often keep them and turn them into an interesting dish. It has since become a famous seafood dish in Vietnam, and is loved by people from all over the world.

Tuna fish eyes can used in several fragrant dishes such as herbed fish-eye stew, green pepper stew, and hotpot. Depending on each plate, the chefs will combine them with different kind of spices, making the food more attractive and mouthwatering.

Photo: Dien may Xanh
Photo: Dien may Xanh

Moon crab in Phu Quy Island (Binh Thuan)

Phu Quy Island is a much-loved place in Vietnam, with beautiful scenes of sea and nature. Tourists visiting can only try scuba diving, but also eat a moon crab, one of the most expensive seafood specialtries in Vietnam.

Moon-crab has a high nutritional value. Photo: Kem_kenny
Moon-crab has a high nutritional value. Photo: Kem_kenny

Moon-crab’s bodies have unique spots. When steamed, the shell turns a beautiful pink color, the round dots change into an attractive deep red color.

Crab-moon meat is sturdy and sweet, and the roe has a high nutritional value. It is rich in protein which is beneficial for health and the immune system.

Today moon-crab is considered rare and pricey because of its nutrition. You only need to steam the crab, and eai it roasted with salt or grilled, with it dipped into spices for flavour.

The price of moon-crab ranges about about VND 400,000 per kg.

Photo: VOV
Photo: VOV

Geoduck in Cat Ba (Hai Phong)

Cat Ba attracts a large number of tourists in Vietnam and abroad.

Photo: ntvvirus
Photo: ntvvirus

Tu hai is also called Geoduck clams are Vietnam seafood specialtries that are extremely rare in other places. Geoduck clams are precious due to their delicious meat and popularity.

Geoduck meat is sweet, soft and full of flavour when eaten with spices, fish sauce, onions and chili, which makes the dish even more irresistible.

Garfish in Nam Du Island (Kien Giang)

Photo: thanhtuyen0502
Photo: thanhtuyen0502

Each region has its own special seafood dishes. If you have a chance to visit Nam Du Island, you will have a chance to taste delicious garfish plates. This is the most popular fish in this island.

Garfish have blue bones that sparkle beautifully. It has become a famous seafood dish loved by many tourists visiting Vietnam.

Garfish are about 70 - 80 cm long, with a sharp beak and sweet, firm flesh. When traveling to Nam Du Island, you will can enjoy this fish in many different dishes such as in hot pot or grilled with foil.

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