flavor in Tuy Phong
BTO – Tuy
Phong’s waters is not only well-known for its beautiful natural landscape, the
location get good reputation for seafood specialties, including the Huynh De
crab (king crab) with superior quality.
Fit for the
As the south wind
starts blowing, the king crab season reaches its peak. During these months, both
male and female king crabs carry heavy bellies with full of eggs. The fact is
that king crabs are only the types of crab that live up to their name. The red
crab was renamed “Huynh De” instead of “Hoang De” which means King in
Vietnamese” because of the best finest tasting crab offered for the Kings at
senior fisherman Tran Van Hue in Lien Huong, the king crab has been special food
for a long time, but the crab is now increasingly rare. Formerly, king crabs
used to be abundant in number in Tuy Phong’s waters.
At that time, the
fishermen peddled the crabs to all the corners of village for sale in some
places. Based on fishermen’s experience, Tuy Phong’s waters has many species of
such crab because the seabed is full of yellow sand and clean water, that is a
suitable habitat for the king crab.
with other species of crab, king crab is much wiser and knows how to camouflage.
Thanks to its special shape (the shell with numerous beards, the back full of
thorns, pincers and short legs), the king crab can easily conceal itself and
merge into the reef to hunt preys and avoid its rivals. Therefore, it is so hard
for a skilled fisher to catch a king crab. It requires the fishers to be clever,
experienced and high patient enough when hunting for king crabs. The usual tools
to catch the animal are net and hat-shaped traps with baits.
This season, the
off-shore fishing boats often start returning home at the end of the day with
full of big and fresh king crabs on board. The fishers are required to keep the
crabs alive for high quality and delicious flavor.
As the local
tourism season goes to the peak, tourists come here not only to visit Co Thach
pagoda, but also sightsee wild landscape and enjoy seafood specialties. If
walking around some seafood markets on those days, visitors can find out a
variety of fresh seafood like: scallops, oysters, clams, sea crabs,
shell-fishes, squids and especially the celebrated crab of the King. King crab’s
price is not very expensive, just at about VND 450 to 500,000 per kg (3 to 4
The king crab’s
flesh is very delicious, nutritious and ranked as the first-grade seafood
species. There are many dishes processed from king crabs that can enhance
vitality for men and fortify strength for women, especially women who are
nursing young child.
Don’t miss to try
king crab or King of crabs whenever you have chances to visit Tuy Phong!
My Thien (Source:
Binh Thuan Newspaper)