Photo Essay: Seafood in Mui Ne, Vietnam
One of the great pleasures of visiting any coastal destination is indulging in piles of fresh seafood.
And Mui Ne has plenty of seafood, served from open-air restaurants and incredibly delicious!
On our first night in Mui Ne, we stopped to look at a tank of red snapper. Ste quickly noticed that one of the fish was being aggressive to the others.
He couldn’t resist.
“I WANT MY BULLY FISH! I want the one beating up the dumb-looking ones! That’s my bully fish!”
Ste was so excited to eat that fish. He even got to fish it out of the tank!
(He also tried to serve Darren one of the dumb-looking ones.)
We started with some scallops. As you can see, they were so delicious, they were half gone before I could even take a picture!
Mussels were next. As you can see, most seafood in Mui Ne is served with a sauce of salt, pepper and lemon juice. The sauce is popular in Cambodia as well. Personally, I’m addicted to the stuff!
Look at those gorgeous king prawns. They were enormous — and just moments before being served, they were thrashing wildly in the tank!
I am crazy about oysters — I can tell you everywhere in Boston that serves dollar oysters at which times, and whenever I want to have a really special dinner, I go to Neptune Oyster for some buttered popcorn-scented Katama Bays.
These, though, were a whole new beast. Giant Vietnam oysters — some of the biggest I’ve ever seen — served with wasabi. Though they were even better with the salt-pepper-lemon sauce.
And yes, Ste got his bully fish.