Due to the freezing cold of this place, one of special characteristics of Sapa’s culture is their grilled cuisine. You know what? They can grill any kinds of foods they have, from corn, meat,… to vegetables, anything.
This characteristic comes from the way that they use to get used to their hard weather. Can you figure out that?
Well, just imagine that you need both something to warm you up and fill up your empty, noisy stomach immediately, what will you do? Finding some kinds of foods and grilling it is the best way, right?
That’s why if you take a Sapa tour, but just focus on taking photos but forget to drop by the markets of ethnic minority people (or stay at their home) to enjoy their grilled cuisine, you made a very big mistake in life.
Grilled Cuisine in a market in Sapa.
In Sapa, you can find grilled stalls anywhere, but Ham Rong Street next to the Stone Church is considered as the best “grilled food street” with a lot of fantastic stalls. Although enjoying grilled food in Vietnam is quite popular, eating them in Sapa becomes an unmistakable brand name. Enjoying grilled vegetable and food in a fresh, clean and cold climate will leave unforgettable flavors and deep impressions when coming to Sapa.
Thanks to its cold weather, Sapa is a place with a great variety of fresh vegetables, quality kinds of meat that you can rarely find in anywhere else and so, the foods made from these fresh raw materials obviously become Sapa’s specialties. All the grilled vegetables here taste soft, sweet, and extremely delicious. Apart from cassava, mushroom, corn and sweet potato, travelers are suggested to enjoy with pork, beef, chicken or salmon, and especially, the grilled-heo cap nach, a kind of tender, lean and less fat meat from small local pigs, and this dish will be fed by vegetables and rice. The pork is often seasoned with onions, garlic, five-spice powder, and garlic. After, put each skewer on the charcoal stove, and no one can resist the temptation of the tasty grilled pork covered with tender and crispy skin.
But do you know when the best time to enjoy grilled food is?
The smoke from grilling combinated with the fog and mist in Sapa is a really interesting thing.
That’s when the town is covered with mist and cold winds. At that time, it’s really ideal to sit near the charcoal stove, rub the hands and warm the face. And get a sniff of grilled fragrance along with the smell of native vegetables to satisfy your stomach. Don’t forget to take a sip of local wine to warm yourself while enjoying the quiet and peaceful atmosphere at night.
Leaving Ham Rong with a big amount of unforgettable memories, about its perfect sceneries and also its amazingly tasty cuisine, there are a lot more interesting destinations for you to discover such as Muong Hoa valley, Silver Waterfall,… so, make sure you don’t miss any destinations in this town so that you can really have the best Sapa tour on life, ok!