Sa sung (Peanut-worm) – a famous specialty of Halong


Halong has many interesting attractions to attract tourists to visit and relax. Beside the beautiful natural landscapes such as Bai Chay beach, Bai Chay bridge, Quan Lan island, Tuan Chau, Minh Chau, Titop … with many beautiful caves like Thien Cung cave, Sung Sot cave, Luon cave, Dau Go cave, the activities on the sea such as exciting kayak, squid fishing, visiting fishing villages, … Halong also has an interesting point to explore that is seafood.

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Halong is referred as the culinary paradise of the North of Vietnam. Halong Bay with nearly 2000 large and small islands has brought to this place an abundant and diversified marine life with many kinds of seafood such as sea sam, squid, shrimp, crab, sea clam. One of the specialties cannot miss when referring to Halong is sa sung – a famous specialty of Halong.

Useful information:

  • Sa sung in Halong is only in Quan Lan – Van Don
  • Halong grilled chopped squid prices are from 300,000 VND to 400,000 VND/kg
  • Fried snails has prices from 30,000 VND/plate
  • Sa sung is nutritious, good for health

1. Sa Sung – a rare and unique dish in Halong

Sa sung is a kind of seafood in the cultivar sector, which is a famous seafood in the Van Don and Mong Cai areas of Quang Ninh. The people of Van Dong district also call the name of sa sung with a strange name, which is “bait” (mồi).

Digging sa sung (via YouTube)

Sa sung is a type of the helminthes living only in coastal sandy beaches where tides rise creating sand dunes. They are shaped like a giant colorful worm, in rocky caves, sandbanks at the depths of the sea from 10 to 30 meters deep. When it is fresh, sa sung is about 5 to 10 cm long, especially some up to 15-40 cm long, diameter 20 cm, weighing 1 to 3 kg.

When sa sung is caught off the sea, it wraps itself around like a balloon. Sa sung gut is worm-like gut, only one pipeline, no heart, liver, lungs. In Halong, this is a food that many tourists want to try and often spend for the upper class because its price is quite expensive.

2. Sa Sung – culinary specialty and economic value of Halong people

Halong sa sung is famous as one of the rare seafoods. From ancient times, they were exploited to pay tribute to kings and mandarins, and only wealthy people can afford. Today the value of sa sung is still the same. Coming to Halong, this type is very rare and unique.

Sa sung is rich in nutritional value, good for human health, and is used as a medicine for men’s health. Due to the above characteristics, sa sung is a species of seafood that has high economic value, but due to over-fishing, the number has declined significantly.

3. Time to exploit and the processing

Coastal sa sung are usually harvested in seasons. The most suitable season is from March to July. Therefore, if you want to enjoy the freshest sa sung, visitors should choose to visit Halong in its exploitation season. At the same time, the period from March to July is also a good time to visit Halong Bay with many beautiful scenes.

Dried sa sung via AproTravel

Fishermen dig sa sung when the sea water is down, bring it to processing by drying. Processing techniques are also quite complex, otherwise there will be a lot of sand. Sa sung can be used to make medicine by soaking it in salt water, boiling, stretching and drying. When eating, boil it again and then cut into small pieces cooking with traditional medicine or chicken belly and then stewing in long hours, it tastes very delicious and wonderful.

In Halong, sa sung is often fried with pineapple or some mixed vegetables with flavor of sea. You can buy dried sa sung as a gift. In addition, sa sung can be used for cooking soup, stirring, or roasting.

4. Price of sa sung and places to enjoy in Halong

Sa sung in Quan Lan – Van Don is now considered to be the most delicious and best quality. The price of sa sung is expensive in one small piece. The price of 1 kg sa sung can be equivalent to a gold thread. A plate of stir-fried sa sung in Halong is priced at 300,000 to 400,000 VND. Also buying in kg will cost to 3 to 4 million VND.

To enjoy this dish, visitors should go to Quan Lan Island – Van Don. Here sa sung is fresh and delicious. Moreover, visitors can participate in catching with people and enjoying from their own results will be much better. In addition, you can enjoy in Tuan Chau of Halong.

Note to choose good quality sa sung in Halong: visitors should pay attention to its colors. Sa sung is light green, or small white dots, it is a long-time catching sa sung. If the color is white, thin, no smell, then it is bleached by chemicals, not good for use.

Halong sa sung is famous and delicious. Visiting Halong, if you can, you should enjoy this dish as it will make you remember forever! Wish you a pleasant trip!

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