Food & Drinks
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 food you must try when visit Sapa.
1. Cap Nach pork
In Sapa, local people do not lock pigs in pigpen, they free- range them to find food in the forest or garden since they are piglet. Therefore, after 1 year the pigs weight just about 20kgs. This kind of pork is very special with fresh thick meat, crispy sweet skin, and favour is pretty fragrant. Under the skilful hands of chef, Cap Nach’s meat was steamed, roasted, grilled. Every cuisine is delicious and hard to refuse.
2. Grilled foods
The weather in Sapa is cool all year, that why every tourist never forgets to try grilled dishes when visit here. Specially, there is a street where people sell only grilled foods, it is Ham Rong Street.
If you are fond of spicy food, skewers are you best choice. It is the most common grilled dish here. Chunks of meat are coated with spices, oil, and chilli powder and skewered on bamboo sticks and grill. Each skewer has its own spices, you feel boring.
In addition, you also can enjoy some other perennial grilled food like corn, sweet potato, cassava, and other birds. All of them are very sweet and fresh, and prices of just 3,000VND- 15,000VND per dish.
3. Thang Co
Thang Co is one of the most famous dishes of H’mong in the northwest of Vietnam. “Thang co” usually use for festival or special day. On the weekend, it is sold at the fair. Its name means a pot of soup which includes meat, organs of horse, vegetables and special kinds of spices. Today, Thang co is cooked to serve all people in Sapa, especially to serve tourist. Now, the Dao, Tay people also know how to cook the dish. However, the special flavours that tourists can unforgettable are made by H’mong. With the H’Mong, Thang Co is not only delicious but also shows the ingenuity and cultural beauty of ethnic.
4. Salmon hot pot
Salmon hot pot will bring you a unique flavour, fresh- toned, low-fat, fresh red meat which is very nutritious. The broth cooked with salmon bones so sweet, will be eaten with fresh vegetables. A salmon hot pot is not too expensive, with about 500,000VND- 600,000VND you can have a pot for 3- 4 peoples.
5. 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.
6.Unique Sapa fructus crataegi wine
Fructus Crataegi wine is unique wine of Sapa, Lao Cai. Fructus Crataegi is soaked very carefully and then they use this water from Fructus Crataegi to make wine. Drinking wine feel like drinking carbonated soft drinks. In Sapa, Fuctus Crataegi grows on the Hoang Lien Son range. It is the natural gift that the heaven give the Hmong. Besides, it has a different name “love fruit”.
After drinking wine, the men and women were intoxicated, they will share all kinds of flavors in life. Fructus Crataegi starts to blossom in the end of spring (March-April). Tourists can buy it in the period from August to October when Fructus Crataegi is sold in the fairs of Sapa.
7. Khang Gai dried meat
The meat of horses, pigs are usually hung up by the Hmong, Sapa, Lao Cai. These meat will be chopped into pieces about 2-3 kilograms and hung up in order to store. When eating meat, they will clean dust and cook with tomatoes, bamboo shoots… Dried meat is fleshy, fragrant and crispy.
8. Pau plau day cake
Round sticky rice cake is made from glutinous rice. Glutinous rice is soaked in water about 2 hours and then pours it into the pot. After that, sticky rice will be put into mortar. Round sticky rice cake can be eaten with sugar. These cakes have special flavors of glutinous rice.
Thanks to cool climate, chayote is the symbol of Sapa. You can see the local people selling chayote everywhere in Sapa. There are two main dishes made from chayote: stired chayote vegetable with garlic and boiled chayote eaten with grinded peanuts, sometimes with carrots for more colors.