Eating Snails in Ho Chi Minh City

My aunt wanted to take me out to eat snails today. While it’s not something I was overly enthusiastic about, I have no problem eating snails so I said, sure, why not? That’s pretty much my mentality with most of what I eat in Vietnam.

Before we got to the snails we had some clams. I’ve had some amazing steamed clams in Vietnam and have been loving it. I’m definitely a fan of steaming them with ginger and lemongrass. I will have to do this when I make my way home and go clamming with the family.

Our first serving of snails. Yes, I said first. Apparently, we were having a multi-snail meal. The snails were served in coconut milk and was surprisingly delicious. We ordered another bowl. These are the kind that you suck the snail out of the shell. I like it because I prefer not to see the snail.

eating snails ho chi minh city

These snails were not as tasty. I found them a little chewy. In the background are some balut (fermented duck eggs) cooked in a hoisin type sauce. I’m a traditionalist, I like my duck eggs with just a hint of salt and pepper.

eating snails in Ho Chi Minh City

If you’re allergic to peanuts, Vietnam is a tough country for you. I like raw peanuts and boiled peanuts (asian style, not southern style) but I don’t like roasted peanuts and they serve it with a lot of stuff. There are way too many peanuts on here for me to enjoy but I scraped them off and dipped them in fish sauce. I loved the grilled taste of them.

Eating clams ho chi minh city

This was my favorite dish of the night. The snails were roasted with watercress and lots of garlic and the snails were already shelled so was also easy to eat and tasty!

eating snails ho chi minh city

These snails were steamed in lemon grass. I wasn’t a big fan, mainly because it looked to snail like when I pulled them out of the shell, lol.

eating snails ho chi minh city

For a change of pace from eating snails, we had some grilled octopus. My aunt told me she had ordered squid but when this was delivered, I knew it was octopus. Look at those tentacles! I’m a big fan of it but this was a little chewy.

eating octopus ho chi minh city

This was my second favorite dish of the night, all of those brown bits are pieces of garlic. We also ordered a second plate of these. I didn’t mind scooping the snails out of their shells with this one, they were so good. My aunt says to suck on the snail first to get the flavor and then scoop it out (we were given tiny forks for the job). Even tho I was full, my aunt kept putting more in my bowl (she just ignored the, no, I’m full comment) and I couldn’t stop eating snails. Although, we also ordered more clams at the end of the meal and I was able to somehow make room for some of those also.

eating snails ho chi minh city

I love these seafood stands! You just pick out what you want and they cook them up for you in all kinds of incredibly different ways. I let my aunt do all of the ordering, otherwise, I would have added more shellfish but I can’t complain, it was a fun meal and I left extremely full and satisfied. Overall, I think we had 12 plates and two bottles of water (the others drank tea) and the cost was about $25. Next time my aunt wants to take me out to eat snails, I’m all in!

Leiha

I like to eat, sleep and experience the world, one meal at a time.

6 thoughts on “Eating Snails in Ho Chi Minh City

  • April 3, 2017 at 6:30 am
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    That looks like heaven to me! I love snails! The octopus looks delish, too. I’ve heard that the tentacles with the double suckers (like the one in your picture) are the best ones. I haven’t tried balut but I hope to some day. Love the pictures!

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    • April 3, 2017 at 8:57 am
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      I never heard that about octopus. Good to know Brenda! I’m sure HMart sells Balut. I’ve bought them at our local HMart. You should buy some and boil it up. You will have to look up cooking time but I always open fat side, suck out the broth, it’s the best part (and why you don’t want to overcook and lose the juices) and scoop out with a spoon and dip just a touch into a salt and pepper mixture. Delicious! I think 2 balut are the perfect amount. Let me know if you try it!

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  • April 3, 2017 at 2:43 pm
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    I love me some snails!! Bring ’em on!! Can’t wait for you to show me all the sights one year, lol!

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    • April 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm
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      You would have loved this place Su! So good! I need to get the addresses Arran marked in Hanoi for us. My relatives can take us back to this place. I’ll be ready!

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  • April 3, 2017 at 7:12 pm
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    Yum! Which aunt took you out?

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    • April 3, 2017 at 10:33 pm
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      I told you there was family drama. I went with Aunt Duoc. My only English speaking aunt. She heads back to the states this weekend, then I’ll be hanging with my cousins.

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