7 Delicious Dishes That You Can Find On The Journey To Watch Ripen Rice Fields

On your way to enjoy your Sapa Tours and explore the beauty of harvesting season, don’t forget to check out the delicious dishes on the way.  Grilled fishes, wild pork or salmons are famous specialties in the Northwestern region that you should definitely check out.

Pa Pinh Top


Grilled fish or Pa Pinh Top is a special dish of the Thai people in the Northwest. Stream fishes only eat moss, leaves, and crustaceans so it doesn’t leave fishy odor. After removing the gut, they will be marinated with all kinds of ingredients such as ginger, garlic, herbs … and then fold the fish in the grilled basket to cook. The fresh fishes after grilling on charcoal are soft and sweet without being dry or easily crumbled. The price of this dish ranges around 100,000 VND per kg. You can find this dish easily at all the markets here.

Nhong Ong Rung (Forest Bee Larvae)


Beehive making season is from April to August, but visitng Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai) in September and October, you can still find this dish at some restaurants. The price of bee larvae ranges from a few hundred to a million dong per kg. Bee larvae is smaller than silkworm pupae but can be cooked into a variety of dishes, in which the most common one is fried bee larvae. This dish is fatty but not everyone dares to eat it.



Salmon is considered one of the must-try specialties when stopping in Sapa. Thanks to the cool climate all year round, salmon farming has grown a lot. Salmon meat is firm, has bright red color, nutritious and high in price.

Popular salmon dishes are hotpot and fish salad, often served at restaurants in the town. Price depends on the processing method like a salmon hotpot of two people is about VND 300,000.

Thang Co


Not only famous in Bac Ha (Lao Cai), Thang Co is also a specialty that visitors can try in many places in the Northwest. In the chill of the mountains early in the morning or late in the afternoon, the pot of bubbling Thang Co becomes more attractive. The dish is made of buffalo and horse meat, organs and special spices. This dish costs about 30,000 VND.

Lap Xuong Gac Bep (Hanging Sausage)


Yen Bai, Lao Cai or Cao Bang all has this dish. Hanging sausage is made of grind lean meat and Sapa special pepper so it has a special fragrant. By hanging in the kitchen, Lap Xuong Gac bep can be used all year round. Sausages grilled on charcoal or stir-frying on the pan can be eaten right after.

Lon Cap Nach


The dish is made from pigs of only about ten kilograms raising themselves by getting food in the wild environment. The most common dish of Lon Cap Nach is roasted meat. By being marinated with Mac Mat leaves (clausena indica leaves, a kind of spice in the Northwest Vietnam) and special pepper, the roasted meat has a great aroma. Going around highland markets, visitors will find people carrying Lo Cap Nach meat on their backs to sell for an average of 150,000 VND.

Xoi Ngu Sac (five-color sticky rice)


This is a popular dish during Tet holiday of Northwest people. However, you can still find this dish at the markets on the journey to ripen rice fields. Xoi Ngu Sac not only has eye-catching colors made from natural ingredients but delicious as well.

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