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This entry is for the bravest. If in the previous entry we presented you the 10 street food dishes essential in your trip to Vietnam, today we bring you a selection of the 10 strangest .
You’re going to need to think twice before going for the treat.
List of the 10 strangest Vietnamese dishes
1 – TRỨNG VỊT LỘN
This one is especially attractive to the westerner. It is a boiled egg with the fetus of the duck about to be born in its interior . It is usually eaten with thin slices of ginger and mint. A delicacy suitable for breakfast or afternoon snack because of its great source of vitamins. For this reason it is considered perfect for the growth of children.
2 – THỊT CHÓ
Yes, in Vietnam dogs are eaten . Although the mentality is changing, there are still many people who eat dog meat.
It is often accompanied by shrimp sauce, rice noodles and a variety of vegetables.
We do not recommend eating this type of meat as there is a lot of controversy surrounding the treatment of these animals. In addition, not being bred for this purpose, dogs are stolen or bred without any health control so they are a very important source of disease.
3 – CHẢ RƯƠI
Maritime worms are a special dish. In Vietnam there is a belief that this animal can help improve arthritis, body aches, or the flu. At the beginning of the 20th century it could only be eaten in early autumn, the indicated season for sea worms. Today, there are breeding farms and it is possible to consume it all year round.
In order to preserve all properties, the worm is mixed with lime leaves, egg and minced pork before frying in the form of cakes . It can also be served with rice.
4 – THỊT RẮN
Although in some countries eating snakes is considered a taboo, in Vietnam it is not. Moreover, snake meat is a most common dish.
Vietnamese believe that snake blood is the natural viagra for man. It is believed to awaken the sexual appetite immediately. For this reason, snake farms with specialized restaurants have spread throughout the country.
The heart and blood of the snake are served fresh mixed with rice liqueur while its meat is cooked in different ways.
5 – THỊT ẾCH
The frog isn’t something so strange to us. Frog legs are also considered a delicacy in our land. The difference is that in Vietnam the whole frog is eaten, with the exception of the head.
In addition, the skin is fried and served as a crunchy and delicious aperitif . The rest of the body is cooked in different ways but the most common is to fry it with bamboo and serve it with vegetables.
The frog is believed to be very nutritious. For this reason, it is often dried and frayed to make it easier for children to eat.
6 – CON NHỘNG
After a not very long life producing silk, in Vietnam, the best way to end the silkworm is to fry it and eat it as a snack. An unworthy end to the small worker…
It is such a typical meal that it is said that all Vietnamese have eaten silkworms at least once in their lives.
7 – THỊT BABA
The turtle is considered another special food . In this case is indicated to improve the health of the patients, to calm the pain and to improve and strengthen the defenses.>.
As in the case of the snake, in many restaurants the turtle is killed on the same table and the blood is extracted to mix it with rice liquor and give… to the health of the poor animal.
8 – TIẾT CANH
Basically, it is a natural blood pudding of chicken, duck, goat or pork, mixed with a little salt and served with pieces of meat, spices, lemon juice and peanuts.
A “delight” that I have personally tasted and I do not recommend it. Since it is natural blood without cooking, it is a very big source of infections.
Totally discouraged consumption.
9 – THỊT CHUỘT ĐỒNG
After the rice has been harvested, the second harvest arrives. The rice paddy rat is a typical dish in the south of Vietnam . To clean the animal well, it burns slightly to remove hair and any parasites it may have. It is then gutted and opened for grilling and finally served with vegetables, ginger and lemon juice.
10 – CON ĐUÔNG DỪA
The best is left for the end. The “delicacy” par excellence is the typical beetle larva of the Mekong delta . These huge whitish larvae grow inside the trunk of the coconut palms of the Ben Tre area. The live larva is simply mixed with fish sauce and eaten directly.
It is important, for those who dare to try it, that you should bite your head first, because if you don’t, it may be the same larva that bites your tongue and it is quite painful.
As a supplement to this last gastronomic jewel, we leave you a video with the correct way to taste this dish.
Video of Vietnamese eating live beetle larvae
Definitely a menu for the bravest. Don’t worry, One More Destination will never serve you these dishes in your holiday menu.
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