Bee sauces in Ca Mau – A unique specialty of Vietnam

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To start my Vietnam culinary tour, I met up with Mr. Nguyen Van Tinh, living in U Minh District, who has more than 50 years of experience in making bee sauces. According to him, in addition to taking the honey from the beehive, the workers also have to cut off a part of beeswax. The cut part, then, will be rebuilt by the worker bee. If the worker cut or leave the whole beehive, the bee will find a new place to build their nest.

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Local people take only a part of the nest

Due to the exploitation in such a way, every time in the season, people will take the young bees from cut beehive to make salad or grill. Local people find that if they keep the way to cook like that, they will soon get bored. As a result, they try to make bee sauce – a unique dish of Vietnamese cuisine. Bee sauce is not difficult to make. After cutting a part of the beehive, people will cut it into pieces at medium size. Then workers put them into the pot and boiling with water. When boiling, the man must quickly mix the ingredients so that the beeswax melts. Then, they have to remove the young bee to drain. It depends on the number of young bees, you can choose the compatible container. Often people use a small glass to make bee sauce. When the bee is drained, local people will put them in that small glass with a little salt, then cover and bring it out to the sun. When the bees and salt are soaked, it is essential to mix the bees with the audiophile. You should expose the jar to the sun for 3 to 4 days until it has a light yellow color.

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Bee sauce put into a jar for sale

In my Vietnam food tour, I happen to know Mr. Phan Van Ri, owner of Hai Ngoi bee sauces production in U Minh Township. He said that his family sold about 1 ton of bee sauces each year at the price of VND 80,000 per kg. About half of which is sold on the Lunar New Year.  Although bee sauce is in the same type as others sauces in Vietnam, the time to reserve it is shorter. Normally, bee sauces are reserved within a week. However, if they are stored in the cooler of the refrigerator, their flavor can last for about 1 month.

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You can make many dishes with bee sauce

Local people often cook and eat bee sauces in many different ways. When visiting U Minh, you will have the chance to enjoy the fresh bee sauces eating in local ways, which is very attractive. Local people will combine eating this sauces with pock, toad leaves, banana, pineapple, and some other wedges. The fatness of young bees combined with an aromatic smell, sour taste from vegetables and fruits make the dishes become one of the best dishes in Vietnam. It is a simple dish but it meets the criteria of taste. Just looking at it, you will get excited and feel the attractiveness of the dish. Ca Mau is a region that the number of poor people is still high. This is a dish you can eat alone with rice to make sure you are not hungry and have a good meal. If you want to enjoy the bee sauce properly, you will have to prepare more food such as young banana, chili, and fig leaves, bacon, fresh coconut milk, banana, cucumber, toad, ginger, cilantro. In addition, if you notice, you can find that the family here also change the taste by eating with mulberry leaves, charcoal grilled gunfire. Try to eat this dish in that way, you will enjoy the full good taste of bee sauce that is one of the most unique dishes in your Vietnam culinary tour.

On rainy days, when the local market is lack of shrimp, fish or there are guests come to play, the U Minh people get bee sauce as a specialty to treat their guest properly. Easy to use, delicious enough to show hospitality and no less formal, bee sauces is usually used on Ca Mau people daily life. On the trip to Ca Mau, besides having a jar of forest honey as the gift, you should also try bee sauces that are one of the must-eat dishes in Vietnam.

What to eat in Mekong Delta

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People travel to Southern Vietnam not only for beautiful sceneries but also for Vietnam cuisine. This is the reason why Vietnam food tours are so popular with native people and the foreigner.

When coming to the South West, the first thing to do in west southern Vietnam is find its specialties. You will not be able to resist the specialties here. It’s not only attractive, delicious, strange mouth but also contains the feelings, taste of this land.

Larvae coconut worm

Larvae coconut worm

Larvae coconut worm

Larvae coconut worm is a type of larvae, most common in the south-west. It is very easy to catch.Larvae coconut worm usually lives inside the tops of coconut trees, palm trees, etc. If you want to catch you have to cut down the trees.

Larvae coconut worm is nutritious which is rich in protein, vitamins A, C, B1, anti-aging, and healthy. It is processed into many different dishes such as fried Larvae coconut worm, Larvae coconut worm salad, etc.

Fish rice noodle soup

Fish rice noodle soup

Fish rice noodle soup

Fish rice noodle soup is a simple dish but contains a picture of the countryside which harmonizes the color and the taste. This is a popular dish in the Mekong Delta with various types of fish rice noodle soup such as Chau Doc fish noodles, Kien Giang fish noodles, Soc Trang noodle soup, etc.

Unlike central fish dishes made from marine fish, Southwest fish noodles are made from the fatty round fish in the rivers here.

Grilled snakehead fish

Grilled snakehead fish

Grilled snakehead fish

You have to choose a large snakehead fish about 400-500g is perfect. If the fish is too big, it will be hard to bake. First, leave the fish without scraping. Second use a bamboo stick or slatted to skew the snakehead fish. Finally, put it on the grill.

The stove is made up of bricks stacked up. The stove burns with straw instead charcoal. Bake until the fish burned but must turn the fish face. During baking, use a "broom" to lather the scallions and oil garnish on the fish.

When the fat from the fish down to the bottom of the fire, take the fish out. Use a scraper scrap the scales will reveal the yellowish fried skin. Then split the fish along the back, take the viscera of the fish into the fish sauce including garlic and chili.

Broken rice

Broken rice

Broken rice

In Southwest, broken rice is a popular dish that you can enjoy anywhere. Not only an ordinary broken rice plate, this dish is processed with different flavors in many areas such as intestine stew broken rice, Long Xuyen rice, etc.

There is nothing special, just a plate of rice with grilled on the top. People also put some fried eggs, sliced cucumber and pickled carrot, etc. on the rice. Broken rice is so familiar with Southern Vietnam people, a specialty of Mekong Delta. This dish seems to be simple but just when you try it you'll taste the good taste of broken rice.

Snakehead fish porridge

Snakehead fish porridge

Snakehead fish porridge

This is a folk dish, typical of the Mekong Delta. Nevertheless, it is a specialty to welcome visitors. Porridge fish in the West is usually divided into two types of porridge: snakehead fish porridge with knotgrass and another one with spinach.

Snakefish is cleaned, boiled, peeled and removed all bone. White meat fish is neatly folded on the plate. We can eat this dish with mushrooms, knotgrass or spinach.

Field crab porridge

Field crab porridge

Field crab porridge

Field crab porridge is easy to find in Mekong Delta. This is a very nutritious dish. Field crab porridge also helps to cure the Hypoglycemia. This dish should be used in the summer.

When eating field crab porridge, people will add a balut and some kinds of vegetables. The combination of the aroma of field crab and 5 kinds of vegetables make the difference and attractive dishes that visitors will definitely not resist.

Vole

Vole meat

Vole meat

Vole meat is a "favorite food" not only of the southwestern region but also many people if they have the opportunity to enjoy once.

In the vole season, farmers often hold ritual hunts. First, they want to improve the family meal, then to introduce delicious dishes. Moreover, it is also a way to reduce vole crop protection.

The following dishes we’ve introduced is just some of the specialties in Southern Vietnam. If you want to enjoy more specialty in there, you should take the Vietnam food tours to Southern Vietnam.