Nam O fish salad has caused memory to diners because of its chewy, fragrant fish meat, dense layer of hearing, and extremely attractive golden and iridescent fish sauce.
Nam O fish salad is a delicious dish named after the land where the dish was born: Nam O fishing village, Hoa Hiep, Lien Chieu, TP. Danang. Here, people make a living mainly by fishing and fishing. After each day of fishing and selling, if there is a surplus, people will process fish dishes, including fish salad. At first, it was just for a restaurant, but then it gradually became a famous delicious specialty.
Unlike many other dishes that can be brought to all regions, there are still delicious restaurants, the best and most delicious fish salad in Nam O must be eaten at Nam O itself. The reason is because the nature of Nam O fish salad is to use fresh fish for processing. Meanwhile, Nam O fishing village is considered a place to catch seafood, especially fish to process this dish. Therefore, Nam O fish salad when enjoyed in this fishing village will be much more delicious and attractive.
People often choose herring to make this famous delicious fish salad. Fishermen often go to catch herring early in the morning, so this fish is also called apricot herring. After the fish is brought back, people will clean the scales, remove the head and intestines and then wash them thoroughly. After that, the fish will be boned and chopped. One trick to get rid of the fishy smell of herring is to wash the fish with vinegar and white salt.
Although Nam O fish salad looks popular, it is simple, but in fact, it is not easy to prepare this dish. Herring is definitely fresh fish, fish meat must be few as soon as new boats arrive. Because, if using fish that is not fresh, if left for a long time, the fish will cause an unpleasant smell for people to enjoy.
If anyone comes to Nam O for the first time and enjoys this dish, they will be quite surprised when entering the restaurant to order. Because the owner will always ask customers if they want to eat dry salad or wet salad. Usually, for those who have just eaten for the first time, who are a little afraid, they should eat dry salad. If anyone is a gourmet and wants to experience it, they will enjoy the wet fish salad. Both types are made from fresh herring, but only in the final processing stage.
For dried fish salad, after preliminary processing, people will wait for the herring to be drained and then mix it with hearing, roasted peanuts, roasted sesame, hot rice paper and other spices. As for the wet fish salad, after being preliminarily cleaned, the herring will be marinated with galangal, ginger, chili, minced garlic. Then, all are soaked in broth mixed with delicious fish sauce.
Although different in the final processing stage, but dry fish salad and wet fish salad all have the same dipping sauce. The dipping sauce used to combine with Nam O fish salad is made from fresh fish juice (water secreted from fish while slicing as well as lightly pressed to dry before mixing hearing) cooked with Nam O fish sauce, chili, Tapioca flour adds sesame, ground peanuts, so it is very fragrant and fleshy.
Besides, in order for this dish to become more appetizing and delicious, a basket of fresh green vegetables is definitely indispensable. There are many types of vegetables to be eaten such as barbs, forest toads, stop leaves, brocade leaves, … These are the leaves that grow at the foot of Hai Van pass, so if you want to eat them, you will have to go up to pick them up. In addition, the familiar leaves such as cloves, apricot leaves, lettuce, perilla, cucumbers, bananas, … can not be absent when enjoying this dish.
When eating, people pack salad and vegetables into rice paper and then dip it in that fatty dipping sauce to enjoy. It’s so simple, but once you taste it, you’ll be addicted. Not everyone can eat raw food, but many people know to eat raw food because of trying Nam O fish salad. If you have the opportunity to set foot in Nam O fishing village, try this dish, maybe you will be stuck forever.