Sapa is not only famous for magnificent beauty of nature, the fresh cool climate, but also a place has many special foods with bold flavours of nature such as Cap Nach pork, Thang Co, salmon hot pot, grilled dishes, seven colours sticky rice. We will give you some suggestion of what specialties Sapa you must try when come here.
Cap Nach pork
This is the special food in Sapa, name come from the characteristic of this pig. Each “Cap nach” pig weighs just 4-5 kg, and each pig is often feeding nearly 1 year, it is very small so the people can put it in the armpits and bring to the market to sell. The slide of meat is very slim and the lean meat is very soft, sweet, by eating the grass and leaves, the pig slowly grow but their meat are very delicious and good. Moreover, local people said that this is very healthy.
Under the skilful hands of chef, Cap Nach’s meat was steamed, roasted, grilled. Every cuisine is delicious and hard to refuse.
In Sa Pa, everything can be grilled, from vegetable to the potato, egg, meat, fish and bird. This is special because of their great spices on the highland.
So, let's to the Ham Rong Street if you want to try the delicious barbecue grills in the evening.
Thắng cố ( Thang Co)
This is one of the special dishes of Mông Ethnic with beef, pork, buffalo meat and horse meat cooked together. The unique thing about the dish is that there is a total of 27 kinds of spices mixed together to create such unforgettable taste. The dish is greasy and eaten with "forest vegetables" added in as extra flavor. Especially in the winter, it is such a heart warming moment when you gather with your friends and the locals in the wooden house, eating thắng cố and drinking some corn wine.
Salmon Sour Hotpot
It is the fact that salmon was originally only found in the cold regions such as Europe or America so the appearance of this fish in Sapa makes a lot of diners curious. With bold taste, pretty pink meat, high nutritional ingredients, salmon is one of the most luxurious dishes for tourists coming to Sapa – Lao Cai and also a reason why salmon hot pot is listed as one of the must-try specialties in Sapa. With the cool weather all year round and snowy winter, Sapa salmon is blessed to have very fresh meat, firm muscles and almost no grease.
It is said that Sapa salmon hot pot recipe is similar to a sour soup in Southern Vietnam. The main ingredients are salmon, tomato, and pineapple and come along with special Sapa-grown wild vegetables including watercress pumpkin buds, etc.
If you plan to visit Sapa on a cold winter day, do not forget to try this fantastic salmon hot pot and you will, with no doubt, have one of the best meals in Sapa, Vietnam.
Rice bamboo (Lam Rice)
The rice bamboo of Sa Pa is specially made from glutinous rice put in the young bamboo and the stream water and use the banana leaves to wrap it and grilled, which create the sweet and delicious rice.
Seven colours sticky rice
Travelling to Sapa, you will have a chance to enjoy seven colours sticky rice- a traditional dish of Nung ethnic minority in Muong Khuong, Lao cai. Sticky rice is processed into colours: pink, scarlet, crimson, dark green, yellow green, and white. All of its colours are made from the leaves of forest trees so it is good for health. In New year day, every family eats this sticky rice and wish for lucky and happy New Year.