If breathtaking scenes, memorable experiences and good food are what you are looking for, the town of Sapa way up in the north of Vietnam has the answer. The town in the clouds in Lao Cai Province may have lost some of its charm due to overdevelopment, but it’s still a top choice for tourists thanks to its comfortable cool climate, fresh flowers and the peak of Mount Fansipan – dubbed the “Roof of Indochina” – from where you can literally see the clouds dancing.
As for food, Sapa knows just what to serve up in the chilly weather. Put these five dishes below on your what-to-eat list in Sapa, and you will thank the chefs and locals there later.
What could be better than hotpot in the cold weather? The answer is hotpot with fresh salmon.
Locals in the northern mountainous region have been farming salmon for years and the results so far have been positive. When it comes to salmon dishes, chefs in Sapa prove themselves to be the best with their signature hotpot.
There are not many places in Vietnam where you can find a long menu of grilled dishes.
The best grilled dishes in Sapa are not to be found in fancy restaurants – they’re on the street. Take a walk near the famous church and gorge yourself on chicken, beef, pork, fish, vegetables and tubers at a barbeque party. The barbeque stalls in Sapa open from the early morning every day. The street vendors only need to buy a coal stove, a couple of wooden benches and tables to operate a small barbeque stall. However, the barbecue street in town just becomes really bustling at night. The white smoke from charcoal fire combine with floating mist make Sapa magical when night falls.
Locals in Sapa roast forest chestnuts with salt and butter and serve them hot, making them a great snack in the cold weather. Sapa chestnut is different from other kinds of chestnuts, such as Chinese chestnut, Cao Bang chestnut, Quang Uyen chestnut … by its characteristic and quality. This chestnut is bigger than simple chestnus, slightly distorted shape, dark brown shell, very shiny. It is thin silk shell, easy to peel, its kernel is yellow, sweet, smell, aroma.
Boiled eggs with herbs
Quail or chicken eggs are boiled with traditional herbs for 24 hours, which make the egg whites turn brown. These eggs are said to be very good for the health.
Colorful sticky rice
A breakfast of steamed sticky rice on a chilly morning is the perfect way to start the day. Sapa’s sticky rice stands out for its eye-catching appearance. The five-colored sticky rice of the Tay ethnic group includes the colors: magenta, yellow, blue, violet and purple. The steamer is made by the wood carved from the “Sung” tree, using wood from this tree helps to make the food delicious and aromatic. The Tay ethnic group usually make five-colored sticky rice in the ritual of worshipping and celebrating a new house, they also make it on the 5th of May, as well as the day of the full moon in July.
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