Not as popular as other seafood dishes like snail, oyster, clam or shrimp, tu hai, is a species of mollusk that has a high nutritional value and one taste will see you hooked for life.
Tu Hai (Vietnamese: Tu Hài) is the speciality of Van Don Island district, some other places called snail spout. It is a kind of shellfish, but it is very rare and valuable. If you have enjoyed it once time, you will never forget the special taste of it. You can cook soup or salad with “tu hai” or you can steam or bake it.
Steamed “tu hai” is sweet and cool. Its meat mix with spice can attract any visitor when he comes here.
This is the receipt to steam “tu hai”
-Choose the Tu Hai with the similar size. Soak them in water at 80oc to 900c about 3 minutes.
– pick them out, and then wash them
– dried onion and garlic, fresh onion leaves are cut into small pieces, then fry them in vegetable oil, then mix them with “tu hai”
-add fish sauce, soup, glutamate
– steam this dish in 12 to 15 minutes.
It can compliment many dishes and is ideal for a tu hai salad, steamed tu hai, tu hai soup, but the local favorite is grilled tu hai with oil and onion.
To make a dish of tu hai is simple. You put your portion in hot water for about five minutes then clean up the shells, but remember to find the freshest meat to make the dish delicious.
Tu hai meat is very sweet and its flavor if mixed with spices and aromatic vegetables is delightful.