Dried-Beef: Wild food you should try once in Central highland

Khách hàng thưởng thức bò một nắng

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)

Dried-Beef: Vietnamese special dried beef
It cost me 15$ for 0.5 kg of the special dried beef.

Bò một nắng Krông Pa loại 0.5Kg

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)

Dried-Beef: Ant Salt (muối kiến vàng)
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).

Muối kiến vàng Krông Pa

3. Tube/ stem wine

Dried-Beef: tube/ stem wine
If you are in France or California, I would suggest a red wine, but in the Central highland of Vietnam, tube/ stem wine is a must.

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.