November 22nd, 2011. Ha Long Bay Boat Tour
Our major adventure here is the popular Ha Long Bay Tour. Despite the ominous clouds we were told it would not have an effect on the tour, so we promptly arrived at the dock and was presented with our very own tour boat!
Lunch was a really cool experience!! We docked at a floating fish market and were able to walk down and examine the variety of goods and buy what we’d like to take on board with us!
The fresh goods were surprisingly lively! They definitely were alive, kicking and very jumpy!
Some of our group tried catching them in nets…and were not very successful. Hahaha!!
Afterwards we brought our haul onto our boat which the crew took back into the kitchen and start prepping our very fresh lunch
It’s just cool to see sea-to-table unfolding right before your own eyes. And these boat people are clearly very good at what they do because it takes them no time to turn the catch into something that looks very yummy!
Let me tell you, being out on the sea really makes you hungry!
Super fresh sashimi with a soy sauce and spicy chili paste dipping sauce.
Now, I know these look creepy crawlies look a bit scary….but you pull the shell and legs off and you just get into some delicious, tender, shellfish goodness!
Again, just super natural crabs cooked in their own juices. I’d say they weren’t the best crabs I’ve ever tasted, but they were juicy on the inside and had great natural flavor.
Now these clams? Delicious! I’m not generally a fan of them…but these were really great. With the seasoned soy sauce over them they were plump, tender, clean and yummy!
Yeah, it was a great spread! Fresh from the sea, simple, natural, no frills seafood. We were full without feeling heavy and were quite ready for our next adventure!