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The first thing that people think of when they hear Vietnam’s cuisine in Ha Tinh City might be Do Luong rice cracker or Phuc Trach grapefruit. However, after going on several Vietnam culinary tours, you will find the truth, local residents really do make other types of food and to prove it we have made a list of the top must eats in Ha Tinh City.

Vung Ang dancing squid (Mực nhảy Vũng Áng)

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Vung Ang dancing squid

The first thing you should know about Vung Ang dancing squid dish is that these creatures are not alive and actually dancing at all. But why do we call it dancing squid? Expect to see the local chef put everything in full sight for you: It is your selected fresh squids taken straightforwardly from the tanks and boiled or steamed to keep its original fresh and sweet flavor. This is not the kind of frozen squids but daily-sourced ones from Vung Ang Port, a well-known fishing region in Ha Tinh.

Dancing squid is available from the 3rd to 7th lunar month and served at most restaurants in town. But if you want to get it freshest dancing squid, it is wise to go to the source – the port of Vung Ang. Whether they are alive or not, the natural sweetness and freshness combined with the strong taste of ginger fish sauce or mustard will delight both animal rights activists and those who take the living foods movement to extreme levels!

Dancing squid in Vung Ang is one of the regional seafood specialty that is most loved by everyone regardless of nationality. If you do not try mực nhảy Vũng Áng on your Vietnam food tour, you may be at a loss.

Clams on La River (hến sông La)

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La River clams

Clam dish is also one of the things people relate immediately when they think of Vietnam’s cuisine in Ha Tinh City.

This dish is easily found in the area along La River, Duc Tho, Ha Tinh, where Ha Tinh residents love using clams in their daily meals. Clams can be found even in a single meal of one soup (canh hến nấu rau tập tàng), rice with light clam broth (cơm nước hến), and tender stir-fried clams paired with bean sprouts and rice crackers.

These clams freshly caught from La River are first carefully washed, stir-fried with oil, ginger, fish sauce, onion, pepper, chili, and bean sprouts, and served with fried shallots, peanuts, and herbs. If you have fallen in love with “Hue clam rice” (rice served with basket clams) — a rather understated label for a chaotic bowl of contrasting colors, textures, and tastes, don’t hesitate to make your own menu – steamed rice, stir-fried clams, and a bowl of hot clam broth.

With its aesthetic of attractive presentation and the use of cheap yet fresh in-season ingredients, it is no surprise that clam dishes are mouthwatering and so highly prized by both local residents and foreign travelers, whether it is day or night, summer or winter. Give it a try and you claim it must-eat dishes in Vietnam!

Duc Tho beef noodle soup (Bún bò Đức Thọ)

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Duc Tho beef noodle soup

Ever wondered if Ha Tinh people eat anything other than rice and clams? If you are looking to expand your knowledge of Vietnamese food, don’t miss Duc Tho beef noodle soup – bún bò Đức Thọ – a regional specialty comprising thick rice vermicelli and various toppings in a thick soup on your Vietnam culinary tours.

The high-quality kind of beefs raised in Duc Tho District is what makes this noodle soup a must eat on your Vietnam culinary tours. First, the beef bones and shank are boiled for several hours to prepare the soup. Thick marinated and boiled beef slices, as well as other ingredients like sliced green onions, chili oil, lime wedges, cilantro, mint, and basil are also added to complete a bowl of beef noodle soup.

About 340 km south of Hanoi, Ha Tinh Province on the North Central Coast of Vietnam is famous for a lot of things and its cuisine must be one of them. Planning your Vietnam food tour? Don’t miss Ha Tinh’s regional food specialties!

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