Food is a great way to explore a country’s culture.
So I bet you might find it adventurous trying this food.
But it is worth it, maybe you would love it or hate it, but a lifetime moment tasting something new, right?
Ok, let’s try this typical food when in the Central highland of Vietnam.
1. Krông Pa Dried-Beef (Bò một nắng Krông Pa)
I will explain a little bit why it should be on your checklist. We usually enjoy smoked bacon, a kinda pork put in salt and smoke but this one require a special marinade including garlic, onion, lemongrass, chili along with salt, sugar, seasoning, and chili paste, well-mixed then massaging the beef with the mixture then getting it dried under the scorching sun within 9 hours and done! When you have a picnic, but cut on a red charcoal grill and tear it apart with your bare hand (recommended) or chop it into pieces.
2. Ant Salt (muối kiến vàng)
The next might be weird on your judge but the taste is awesome, trust me, this salty mixture, a good “friend” of the above beef cut, is made of ants, and these tiny creatures taste sour and smell so unique that I bet you would never taste anything similar before (otherwise, tell me what it is).
3. Tube/ stem wine
Originally, the highland people collect special leaves to create a particular enzyme to produce a wine that the local people would prefer using a tube (or a long straw) to enjoy. And when it runs out, just pouring drinkable water and “happy together” again.
So all you need to do is to tear a bit of beef cut, dip it into the ant mixture, chewing the beautiful taste, and drink off a tube of wine. That makes an amazing highland night, no doubt!
To reveal where the best place to get a cut, is Gia Lai‘s specialty.
Ask the host for “bò một nắng” when you are in the region and share your experience, how to taste it is.