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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!