Bac Son is a beautiful landscape of Lạng Sơn Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam. It is situated 160km northeast of Hanoi. One of the interesting things about Bac Son is its incredibly high mountains which are about 500-1200 meters high.
These mountains, together with the valley’s paddy fields, create a great scenic landscape that you can only see its best after climbing to the peak of a mountain which is located just a few minutes from the town. Visiting Bac Son in specific and Lang Son in general, you will be amazed at the local food here. Lang Son cuisine is the combination of Vietnamese cuisine and Chinese cuisine; therefore, you can see a lot of interesting food that cannot be found in other regions. Here are top 7 foods in Lang Son you should try in your Vietnam culinary tour.
Lang Son roasted duck
This is the iconic dish that people always mention when they come to Lang Son. The beautiful golden brown color of the whole roasted duck can make you mouthwatering. The secrets to making this food are choosing duck, using a special leave called ‘mac mat’ (clausena indica) and a special sauce. The ‘mac mat’ leaves are found on the mountains in Lang Son. They are stuffed inside the duck. The sauce is made of a lot of ingredients and is sprinkled on both the outside and the inside of the duck. The making of roasted duck is quite complicated. And that’s why this dish is so delicious with a lot of tastes and flavors.
In your Bac Son tour, you must try Lang Son roasted duck for once. It actually originally came from China but Lang Son people has changed the recipe and ingredients a lot to make it more Vietnamese style.
Banh ap chao
Banh ap chao
Banh ap chao is the name of a name of fried cake made of rice flour. It is the seasonal food that is usually eaten in the winter time. The filling of the cake is duck meat. The wrapper is made of rice flour and then deep-fried in oil. In the cold winter days, it is nice to have a dish of banh ap chao which is dipped in fish sauce and served with fresh herb and vegetable.
Pho chua (sour Pho)
Pho chua Lang Son
Pho chua or sour pho is a unique food that only has in Lang Son. In your Vietnam culinary tour, you should travel to Lang Son to try this special food. Pho chua is like the noodle salad. It is the combination of many different ingredients. And when you eat, you mix them together with a special sour broth to make it taste a bit sour.
A bowl of pho chua includes pho (rice noodle), fried sweet potatoes (cut in stripes), pork liver, chicken, char siu, Chinese sausages, fried onions, roasted peanuts, cucumber and other fresh herbs. The broth is made by using boiling duck meat broth and adding plenty of local ingredients to make it taste sour, fatty, a bit salty and flavorful.
Pho Chua is a special food that is usually served during Tet holiday. However, nowadays you can find this food in a lot of restaurants in Bac Son and Lang Son.
Banh cuon trung (egg steamed roll rice pancake)
An egg is rolled into the steamed rice cake
Banh cuon (steamed roll rice pancake) is one of the most favorite breakfast food in Vietnam cuisine. In Lang Son, instead of making a normal banh cuon dish with woody mushroom and minced pork like other places in Vietnam, Lang Son people add egg into the banh cuon. The interesting thing about banh cuon in Lang Son is that the egg yolk is still running when you put it in your mouth. This dish is usually eaten when it is hot.
Duck noodle soup (pho vit)
Roasted duck meat in the noodle soup
Duck seems to be the most popular meat when it comes to Lang Son cuisine. In your Vietnam culinary tour to Lang Son, you can try a lot of versions of duck meat. And one of them is duck noodle soup. Like other noodle soup in Vietnam, duck noodle soup is a delicious bowl of hot broth, noodle, fresh herbs and roasted duck meat.
Nem Nuong Huu Lung (Huu Lung grilled sausage)
Nem nuong Huu Lung is a drinking snack
Nem in Lang Son is fermented pork wrapped in banana leaves. After fermenting pork 2 or 3 days, it will be grilled on the charcoal fire. This food is served with Ming aralia leaves and dipped in sweet and sour sauce. It is a very famous drinking snack in Lang Son.
Cao Sang is a unique food of Nung people – the local ethnic minority people in Lang Son. The food’s origin is from China, but when it is migrated into Lang Son, local people made some changes in Vietnamese style.
Cao Sang is the steamed rice cake with pork and onion as the filling. It sounds easy to make but actually, the process of making the dough is very complicated. Especially, cao sang is served with pork bone broth and it is a breakfast food.
Lang Son has a lot of beautiful mountainous landscapes and also an amazing local cuisine. Bac Son, Mau Son mountain, Tam Thanh, Chi Lang are the top destinations in Lang Son.