Cat Ba Island has been known as the masterpiece which nature gives to Hai Phong with the unique architecture of limestone mountains, various bays, and mysterious caves. When coming to Cat Ba, tourists will have the opportunity to enjoy not only the wonderful scenery but also top Cat Ba Island dishes. Quickly visit our website La Pinta Cruise excursions to get more information about beloved Cat Ba right now!

About Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island is an interesting place for tourists to come to Vietnam. Cat Ba Island is located on the south of Halong Bay and offshore Hai Phong city and Quang Ninh province. It is 30 km from the south of Hai Phong city center and 25 km from Halong City. Administratively, the island belongs to Cat Hai island district, Hai Phong city. It has been recognized by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve in the world. The infrastructure is quite developed with a combination of many hotels, motels, resorts, pagodas and especially the whole island area has been built WIFI stations to provide the internet connection for tourists.

When coming to Cat Ba Island, tourists will have the opportunity to visit top attractions here such as Lan Ha Bay – the forgotten paradise of Hai Phong, Cat Ba National Park – the world biosphere reserve, many wonderful caves (Trung Trang cave, Da Hoa cave, Thien Long cave, Quan Y cave, and Cay Thi cave…), or must-see islands (Monkey Island). All will give tourists the feeling of living in a new paradise – the paradise of relaxing.

Cat Ba Island What To Eat

Geoduck

Geoduck is well known as one of precious seafood with high nutritional value and a special taste. Nowadays, geoduck appears in many other places in Vietnam; however, the best home for geoduck is Cat Ba Island which has the most suitable sea area for the development and growth of this mollusk.

Geoduck can be processed into many delicious dishes such as geoduck baking or geoduck soup rice… However, steamed geo-duck is the number one! Tourists will enjoy the aroma of geo-duck and the excellent taste of the special dipping sauce.

Fresh Geoduck on the grill
Fresh Geoduck on the grill

Horseshoe crab

Buttery taste horseshoe crab
Buttery taste horseshoe crab

Horseshoe crab usually lives in couples. The weight of a female horseshoe crab is usually 1kg but the male one is a half of one kilo weigh. The female and the male are always together and the male is in the shell of the female. That is the reason why it is said that “love deeply as the couple of 2 horseshoe crabs”.

People usually fish the female horseshoe crabs instead of the male ones. They are cooked into many dishes such as horseshoe crab soup, grilled horseshoe crab, horseshoe crab porridge, and stir-fried horseshoe crab… Most dishes made from horseshoe crab are with spicy spices such as galangal, lemongrass, chili, vinegar, and spice vegetables (piper lolot leaves, onions, and laksa leaves). Among them, grilled horseshoe crab dish is the most delicious one for you to try.

Garrupa

Garrupa – the must-try Cat Ba Island seafood is a kind of fish living in warm water, Pacific region with the number of 37 species. There are about 30 species in Vietnam and 3 species in Cat Ba. Garrupa is the fish eating bait of sea animals and it gives high nutritional value. There are many good foods made of garrupa including porridge, hot pot, grill, and bake… Besides trying dishes making from garrupa, tourists coming here together like fishing garrupa.

Garrupa with traditional Vietnamese sauce
Garrupa with traditional Vietnamese sauce

Lobster

Fresh lobster with so many eggs
Fresh lobster with so many eggs

Lobsters – one of the best Cat Ba Island seafood are considered the king of seafood with its high nutrition for our health. They attract tourists by their sweet and hard meat. Tourists coming to Cat Ba usually try dishes made from lobsters such as grilled lobsters or steamed lobsters with beer. Together with La Pinta cruise 3 days/2 nights, tourists can have the chance to enjoy delicious Cat Ba Island dishes. It will be nice!

Sea serpents

Sea serpents have a small and slim body with the length of 1-2m with the flattened scute behind like a paddle. Its small head is covered by horns and venomous teeth are located in the upper jaw.

Scary sea serpent dish
Scary sea serpent dish

After being caught, people will cut its organs and keep only its bile and fat layer. Then they rinse its blood by the alcohol at 90 degrees Celsius (do not wash with water) and then dry. Immediately after being cut, sea serpents’ blood will be mixed with white wine and aroma to treat some diseases such as dizziness, back pain, and bone pain.

We hope that you can get some useful information about top Cat Ba Island seafood. If you are going to come and visit Cat Ba, do not forget to contact us via the website La Pinta cruises Vietnam. It will be our big success when we become your partner on the trip to Cat Ba Island. We are looking to hearing from you soon! Have a nice trip!

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