Onion-grilled sea urchin and sea urchin porridge are no longer unknown names of fantastic food to sea-travelling tourists. However, the flavor of these dishes in each region is definitely distinctive.
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The following dishes made from sea urchins (sea hedgehogs) have always been in must-eat list of tourists on a trip to Nam Du islands – the fairyland of wild beauty and unique cuisine.
Onion-grilled sea urchin
The breeding season of sea urchins falls from March to June on lunar calendar and tourists will get a good chance to enjoy the most delicious sea urchins if they arrive Nam Du islands in this period. Experienced fishermen usually know the exact places of rock crevices where urchins make their home. Catching sea urchins is not difficult but must be very ingenious because it is easy to get intense pain due to their spiny shells.
Urchins will be cut all of the prickles off, carefully cleaned, split in two, and then grilled with some ingredients. Urchins’ soft meat has creamy yellow with fragrant and delicious flavor. Sea urchins are quite large in size but the amount of inside meat is just a little.
Pieces of spring onion, a little oil, and some peanuts are indispensable ingredients to make the flavor of this dish the best. You can taste its unique flavor when oil is sizzling and the aroma of onion is attractively spreading into your nose.
It’s up to your interest whether you eat it with a little salty lemon juice or not. The wonderful combination in flavor of urchin meat, oil, and peanuts will definitely drive you to the heaven.
It’ll undoubtedly not be fully awesome experience in exploring Nam Du if you miss this occasion to immerse yourself in the taste and smell of this unique dish.
Sea urchin porridge
Another wonderful element in every perfect tour to Nam Du is sea urchin porridge. Small boats fully loaded with fresh sea urchins are always available to serve tourists whenever they set their foot on this fairyland.
Meat will be taken from shells after urchins are carefully cleaned and freshness is the first and most important requirement of this seafood. So nowhere would be more fascinating than right on the boats to enjoy the utmost freshness of urchins.
The flavor of urchin meat is complimented with a mixture of pepper and onion. Then the spiced meat will be fried and poured in a pot of cooked porridge. Such a hot bowl of fragrant porridge is absolutely a nutritious present of sea to tourists.
The exhausted feelings after hours of exploring or swimming will disappear when you finally sit down to rest your bones, enjoy the distinctive taste of urchin porridge, and admire the peaceful scene of Nam Du islands.
See more Nam Du Islands travel guide at here.