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What to eat in Tam Dao, Vietnam

What to eat in Tam Dao, Vietnam

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    1. The famous specialty of Tam Dao – Chayote tops

    Chayote is such a common food that you can find anywhere in Vietnam but nowhere else you can find it so special like the one in Tam Dao. The weather, the soil, the water, non-fertilizer method and everything else that make it so unique. Chayote can be cooked into many dishes like boiled chayote fruit, fried chayote stirs with beef or garlic, and boiled chayote tops and eaten with sesame or fish sauce.

    You can find chayote in mountainsides, houses front or even on both sides of the road. Otherwise, Chayote is available on every restaurant’s menu or you can buy it right in the garden, it is very cheap.

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    2. Hill chicken – Like wild chicken but not quite

    Hill chicken is chicken which doesn’t be fed but has to find food for themselves. They are not kept in cages but are freed for feeding in the forest. Due to highly active and natural food, their meat becomes thick, tough and sweeter than the chicken that you’ve known.

    You can find hill chicken in the menu of most of the restaurants in Tam Dao. They are also available in the local market (alive one) and night market (cooked one). The price for a grilled hill chicken in clay is VND 250,000.

    3. Man pig – Specialty of Northern mountainous in Vietnam

    A special kind of pigs that was crossed by normal pigs and wild pigs. They are small, freed for feeding in the forest. Their meat is less fat, flavorful and soft, and can be used for many different dishes. You can order the whole pig (6 – 8 kg) if you have 8 – 10 members in your team. The restaurant will prepare for you a party with dishes cooked from the pig. The price is around VND 300,000 per kilogram of meat.

    You might try Man pig at Pho Nui restaurant

    Pho Nui restaurant

    Address: Near the Commune People’s Committee, Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc
    Phone: (+84) 2113 539 555

    4. Red beef which was bitten by ants

    The name sounds weird but it describes how this dish was cooked: Hot meats from a just slaughtered calf was hanged in the tree near ant’s nest and left for the ants bite the meat. The meats after being washed will be grilled on coal into red beef. The special of this dish is that each kind of ants will offer a different flavor and taste. How this dish is served is very fussy with green bananas, herbs and a special sauce.

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    You can try this dish in Pho Nui restaurant

    Pho Nui restaurant

    Address: Near the Commune People’s Committee, Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc
    Phone: (+84) 2113 539 555  

    5. Goby in Tam Dao stream

    Locals built agriculture dams to ranch wild sand gobies in the forest. There are not so many places that you can find them so this dish is what you shouldn’t miss. Sand goby sizes of a finger, thick and flavorful.

    You can try this dish in Hai Dang restaurant

    Hai Dang restaurant

    Address: Center of Tam Dao town, Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc
    Phone: (+84) 2113 824 295  

    6. Cakes from San Diu’s cuisine

    San Diu is an ethnic group that mostly live in mountainous of Thai Nguyen, Vinh Phuc. Their cuisine is very special because of natural materials and ingredients from Tam Dao sierra. Chung cakes, Troi cakes, Dam cakes and Tro cakes are some interesting dishes.

    You will find these dishes in local markets and night market.

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