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Best Famous Food in Sapa to eat before you live


Being favored by nature, Sapa is known as the paradise for tourists to relax. People those who come here will be enchanted by its fresh air, cool climate, range after range of mountains, outstanding scenery and especially the amazing culinary scene. If you have a chance to visit Sapa, plan ahead to fullfil your belly with these 10 local foods in Sapa.

1. Sapa Cap Nach Pork (Thịt heo cặp nách Sapa)

Cap Nach pork is a specialty of this mountainous region. The ways to make this dish is diverse. The locals usually roast a whole pig directly on charcoal so that the skin covering the pork is very brittle while the pork inside is very delicious and fleshy. Others stir-fry thie pork with little or no water and herbs. No matter how does you cook it, make sure the pork is soft with a hint of spicy.

Where to eat:

Anh Dung restaurant

  • Add: 69 Xuan Vien st, Sapa town
  • Opening hours: 8.00 AM- 10.30 PM

Hoang Minh restaurant

  • Add: number 23-24 Sapa food court (the corner of Xuan Vien st and Fansipan st)
  • Opening hours: 9.00 am- 10.00 pm

2. Com lam (Sticky rice cooked in bamboo)

Sticky rice cooked in bamboo is the featured dish of the ethnic groups in the Northwest of Vietnam. The main ingredient of this dish is sticky rice, which is cooked in a bamboo steam. When the dish is well-cooked, the burnt bamboo steam outside will be removed.

“Com lam” is very popular and is a favorite dish of the locals and tourists, thanks to the delicious taste of the sticky rice, the fragrance of bamboo and the harmonious combination of rice, stream water and bamboo.

Where to eat:

Khu Do Nuong (BBQ area)

  • Add: Along Cau May st, Sapa
  • Opening hours: 4.00 pm – 10.00 pm

3. Smoked meat

When visiting the houses of H’Mong people in their villages, you can see many pieces of meat gathered on a tray. The meat comes from the horse, buffalo, and pig and they are smoked to store. This method of storing food can keep the food usable up to a few years. When eating, the meat is carefully washed and fried with tomato, and bamboo sprout. The dish will have a unique fragrance and featured taste when it is done.

Where to eat:

Fansipang Restaurant

  • Add: 25 Cau May, Sapa
  • Opening hours: 9.00 am – 10.00 pm

4. Hot Pot with Salmon (Lẩu Cá Hồi) – Street Food for Cold Days in Sapa

This destination is gifted with the best salmon in the country, arguably. The Sapa’s salmon is fresh, sweet, and nutrient enough to make up the fantastic hot pot. Especially in the chilly town, nothing can replace and compare to the dining experiences in which you gather at the roundtable and share the delicious and well-spiced hot pot whose major ingredient is the salmon. The addition of various herbs enhances the taste and the remedial effect. It is definitely good for health and helps you regain the lost energy.

Hot Pot with Salmon (Lẩu Cá Hồi)

Where to eat:

Hoa Dao restaurant

  • Add: 48 Le Van Tam st, Sapa
  • Opening hours: 9.00 am-10.00 pm

Lotus Sapa

  • Add: 34 Cau May, Sapa
  • Opening hours: 9.00 am-10.00 pm

5. Seven-color Sticky Rice (Xôi Bảy Màu)

This is the traditional food of the Nung ethnic group in Muong Khuong area of Lao Cao Province. The seven colors of the sticky rice include pink, plain red, strong red, yellow, green, blue, and yellowgreen are all extracted naturally from the leaves. The natural extraction brings this dish the sense and flavor of the Mountain. According to the hill tribes’ belief, eating the 7-color sticky rice will bring lots of luck and health. So, catch the opportunities to taste this memorable street food in Sapa!

Seven-color Sticky Rice (Xôi Bảy Màu)

6. Grilled Dishes – Most Popular Street Food in Sapa

What could be more wonderful than eating the hot grilled food in the chilly Sapa? The destination owns a rich collection of the barbecued dishes of beef, pork, fish, sausage, potato, root vegetable, bird, quail, etc. Several ingredients will be combined on the stick which will be grilled directly on the coal stove to serve the customers on the spot. The prices for the stick of food depends on the ingredients you want. Just wait a bit, and you receive the hot, succulent, and fragrant barbecued pieces.

Grilled Dishes in Sapa

7. Thang Co (Thắng cố)

Thang Co is the traditional food of Hmoong people and it has been cooked for hundreds years. Thang Co is a type of soup which is made of horsemeat, horse’s viscera and horse’s bone. You might feel a little bit panic-stricken when hearing about the ingredients but that feeling will be blown away once you taste it. Cooking this dish not only requires time but also the skill of cooks. The seasonings comprises of 12 spices from cardamon, ginger, citronella, anise to cinnamon twig.


The locals stew horsemeat with these 12 spices in a big pot within a couple of hours. To elevate the flavor of Thang Co soup, they serve it with fresh vegetable and a special red hot pepper name Muong Khuong.

Where to eat:

Thang Co A Quynh restaurant

  • Add: 15 Thach Son st, Sapa district
  • Opening hours: 7.00 am – 22.00 pm

8. Black-Bone Silky Fowl

The Black-Bone Silky Fowl of Mong people is very special because its bone and meat are in black. The crunchy skin and the black chicken meat offer such a refreshing taste. The scientists have proven that eating black-bone silky fowl can help you increase your sexual ability and treat heart diseases.
The most famous dish processed from the Black-Bone Silky Fowl is grilled Black-Bone Silky Fowl with honey. The delicious and excellent taste of this dish will surely meet your need.

Where to eat:

Hoa Dao restaurant

  • Add: 48 Le Van Tam st, Sapa
  • Opening hours: 9.00 am-10.00 pm

Sapa Cuisine Restaurant

  • Add: 17 Xuan Vien, Sapa
  • Opening hours: 9.00 am- 10.00 pm

9. Cai meo Sapa

Cai meo, which is a popular vegetable of Sapa, is processed in various ways to create different dishes. The locals usually stir-fry, cook, and boil the cai meo or serve it with the hot pot. In general, the simplest way to process this kind of vegetables is to slice it into small pieces, mix it with ginger and boil them together to have a nutritious soup. This soup is often served with wine.

10. Wild Chestnut (Hạt Dẻ Rừng)

The quality and taste of the Sapa’s wild chestnut are different and more outstanding than the ones of elsewhere. The Sapa Chestnuts are roasted with salt and cheese in the high temperature so that the delectable snacks come to life. The visitors tend to buy kilograms of the local well-spiced wild chestnuts as the eminent souvenir of the land. Also, some people prefer chewing this snack along their journey. That said, the wild chestnuts are good for the heart and provide vitamin E to the body. Just pinpoint the carts selling the Sapa’s wild chestnuts, try some reddish-brown nuts, and decide whether or not you love them.

Wild Chestnut (Hạt Dẻ Rừng)

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