Ngán (Austriella Corrugata) in Halong Bay

Ngán (Austriella Corrugata) is a type of mollusk that is prevalent along the coast of Northern Vietnam. Although this seafood can be found everywhere along the country's coast, in Quang Ninh Province, Halong City is where it is most famous.

This unique sea creature resembles clams, one of its more well-known relatives, although it is usually a little larger and has rougher shells. Ngan utilizes its one and only tentacle to crawl around in the water, breathe, and look for food. During the ngán season, bay fisherman must wade deep into the mud in an attempt to catch this unique sea animal.


The word "ngán" technically means "bored" in Vietnamese, yet if you get a chance to try just one bite, the sweetness of ngán will linger in your mouth for the rest of your life.

The most popular and well-known of all ngán dishes is ngán wine, which is created by opening the ngán shells and allowing the blood to flow directly into the strong liquor. If you're concerned about the fishy odor of fresh blood, don't be; it may be cooked before serving. Male gourmets favor Ngán blood wine because of its miraculous potential to improve male sexual ability.


Furthermore, ngán is ideally served grilled or steamed. When it's being steamed, the chief frequently ties up the shells so that the juice and blood within, which are the most nutritious bits, don't go to waste. Both grilled and steamed ngán have a salty taste at first, then a sweet taste of shellfish, and this sweetness lingers on your tongue until the next bite. Ngán porridge is a delicious breakfast option or a satisfying finale to a lunch or dinner in Halong. Your cup of porridge will become more appealing than ever with just two to three slices of ngán.

When visiting Halong, you may have many more opportunities to sample additional ngán-based delicacies, such as ngán sushi, ngán salad, ngán soup, deep-fried ngán with veggies, and so on. When visiting Halong Bay, you should not pass up the opportunity to sample this unique seafood.

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