Hand-ground chaû möcï , a speciality of Haï Long
and visitors, and business boomed.
The dish wasnt born over night though, the couple tried various recipes up to 1946, when it finally reached perfection.
In 1954, the couple handed the restaurant down to their sons, who began selling squid cakes in Haï Long Market. Their food was a best seller in the market for almost 25 years, before one of the sons died.
The remaining son Taøi Khang had another go at the job in 1982, This time he made the squid cakes more sweet and crispy compared with his parents recipe, said Möøng.
When Khang died in 1994, his children continued to make squid cakes, right up to the present day. Khangs business Hoaøi Phöông is one of the biggest squid cakes suppliers in the city.
In 1993, Hoøn Gai Town had its name changed to Haï Long City. Since then the dish has been known as chaû möïc Haï Long.
Nguyeãn Thu Ngaø, a visitor from the northern province of Cao Baèng, said her family loves squid cakes, especially from Hoaøi Phöông.
The hand-made squid cakes here is crispy and delicious. We often eat the dish with xoâi (white sticky rice) or baùnh cuoán (steamed rice rolls) dipped into fish sauce from Quaûng Ninh. Its very nice! said Ngaø.
She said that sometimes she tries to make squid cakes at home, but she cant make it in the same way, because in her home province of Cao Baèng there is only frozen squid available.
I have to order the dish from Haï Long and have it shipped to me once a month, she said.
Herbalist Traàn Vaên Vinh from the Quaûng Ninh Centre of Traditional Medicine noted that fresh squid contains protein, fat, iron, zinc, and magnesium, making it a healthy choice to put on the dinner table.
The nutrients in squid help to promote a strong immune system, said Vinh, particularly with regard to clearing the body of radiation. Many ailments are treated using medicine made from squid.
The presence of omega 3 in squid helps to reduce the chance of heart disease and lowers blood pressure. Healthy fatty acids in omega 3 can also help to improve muscle, eye and brain health. It is also frequently recommended to be consumed by pregnant women.
He warned however that those faced with heavy gout aliment should not eat seafood, including squid, due to the heavy presence of protein in it. VNS
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Delicious: Chaû möïc is a must-try dish in Haï Long City.