Traveling to Can Tho, you should once enjoy a dish of Snails Stuffed With Pork, a dish with a bold flavor of the Southwest region.
1. Better to Know as a Food Lover
Find them: Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho city.
Best time: Dusk-Dawn
Don’t miss: Snails Stuffed With Pork
Local’s pick: Snail restaurant, May islet
Tourist’s pick: Hoa Xu Restaurant in Can Tho
Facts: With the sweet aroma of stuffed snails combined with the prepared dipping sauce, served with marjoram, perilla to make diners feel the rustic, delicious taste that the countryside brings.
2. Better to Know Snails Stuffed With Pork
In the areas of lotus ponds, canals are the places where snails are numerous. Every time the full moon shines, people row a boat to the middle of the lagoon to catch snails together.
Use a flashlight to shine on the water, then find and catch snails lying in the swamp or clinging to lotus stems and rotten wood. Catching snails during the day is easy, but not as interesting as catching them at night, it’s both cool and charming.
The snails are brought home and soaked in water to wash, pound a few chili peppers, mix well, stir and leave overnight for the snails to release slime and dirt. The next morning, wash the snails thoroughly, then process them.
3. Snails Stuffed With Pork in Can Tho
Copper snails can be processed into many delicious dishes such as steamed snails with lemongrass and chili peppers, grilled snails with salt and pepper, sauteed snails with guise leaves, ginger leaves… However, perhaps stuffed snails with meat are still a popular dish for many people.
To make stuffed snails, use a knife to cut the bottom of the snails and then boil them briefly until cooked, pour the snails into a basket to cool, use a toothpick to remove the intestines, then discard the tail, take only the lean parts and wash them briefly. Then, mince the snail meat with lean pork, and season with a few spoons of seasoning powder, a little lemongrass, pepper and chili.
Wash snail shells, put in a few lemongrass stalks, put snail meat into each shell to make it full, and then steam the snails for about 20 minutes. When the snail meat is cooked evenly, place the snail on a plate or bowl to enjoy. Serve with snail meat indispensable cup of ginger fish sauce, pounded with a few chili peppers, a little sweetness of sugar, to reduce the harsh taste of ginger and chili, add a few stalks of chopped cilantro, it is possible to create the perfect dipping sauce for this dish.
4. How to Make Snails Stuffed With Pork
Ingredients for stuffed snails with meat
100g of raw pork
100g minced pork
100g minced black fungus
Minced lemongrass, ginger, red onion, chili, lemongrass
Spices: Sugar, fish sauce, seasoning, ground pepper
Tips for choosing to buy snails:
– You should choose to buy live snails that will be fresher by touching the grinder, the snail will be closed and grind inward.
– Do not choose snails with indented snail grinding because it is a dead snail or drop the snail into a basin of water and see the snail’s bottom rotate up, if you hold it lightly, the snail is dead.
– Choose to buy fat, round snails – snails that are close to the outer edge.
How to make stuffed snail with pork
Step 1 Prepare ingredients
First, soak 1kg of snails in a bowl with 1 liter of water and 3 chopped chili peppers for about 60 minutes. Then, drain all the water and rinse the snails thoroughly.
Step 2 Boil the snails
Boil snails for about 30 minutes and add 5 smashed lemongrass plants to make the snails more fragrant. After the snails are cooked, you need to take them out and let them cool.
Step 3 Get snail meat
Use a fork to remove the snail meat from the shell and remember to remove the tail. Next, you need to finely mince the snail meat.
Step 4 Mix the ingredients
First, you will mix the minced snail meat in step 3 with 100gr minced pork, 100gr raw ham, 100gr minced black fungus, 3 tbsp minced lemongrass, 4 minced purple onions, 1 minced ginger root.
Next, you add the spices to the above mixture: 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon ground pepper and mix well.
Step 5 Stuff and steam the snails
First, you need to wash the snail shell thoroughly and then use 1 sheath of lemongrass leaves to put it in the shell. Then, you stuff the mixture in step 4 into the snail shell with a moderate amount and must be stuffed tightly so that the snail meat does not fall out!
Step 6 Make the dipping sauce
You mix the dipping sauce according to the recipe: 4 tablespoons fish sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon minced ginger, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon minced chili and then stir well.
5. Pro tips:
Here are our tips for easing your mind (and stomach) around food-handling environments that you may not be used to.
Make sure the food is freshly cooked. If you’re eating hot street food, it’s always safest (not to mention more delicious) to eat food you can see being cooked to order.
Look for lines and busy stalls. Busy street food stalls are an indicator of popularity, and their high turnover rate means the food is never sitting out for hours and developing dreaded bacteria. Yes, long lines can be discouraging when you’re hungry after a full day of exploring, but it’s not worth the risk of grabbing precooked food from the empty spot next door.
Eat when the locals are eating. The last and most important element here is when to eat. You’re likely already on a weird eating schedule while you’re traveling, but it’s important to try and adjust to the eating times of where you are. A bowl of pho might be lunch for Americans, but it’s breakfast for the Vietnamese. This ensures that you’re eating freshly cooked food and that you can find the best and most popular places to eat.
If you can’t drink the water, then you can’t eat the salad. Most people get so hung up on not drinking the water or skipping ice in drinks that they don’t think about all of the other ways in which water is used in food service. Fruits and vegetables tend to be washed with tap water in most places, rather than the filtered water that locals drink—or sometimes it’s not washed at all. If you’re really craving some produce, try fruits you can peel or cooked veggies.
Trust your gut. If you’re unsure about the food or the way that it’s being prepared, then keep moving. Eating street food all over the world doesn’t make you an expert. Every stall and every country are different, and sometimes the rules can be harder to follow. When something doesn’t look, smell, or feel right, don’t eat it! Trust your judgment. Chances are that there’s another spot close by that’s making something more delicious.
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Hopefully, the above tips will help you to come up with a great plan for your adventure in Mekong River Delta, Vietnam. Have a safe trip!
“Sleep less, travel more, respect more” – Thomas Vietnam – Local travel expert.