In Phu Quoc islands, the herring appears in years and months; fishers catch many and throw them away and no one wants. Whenever you remember the herring salad, the herring made in the way of Phu Quoc islands, eating them is excellent.
Visiting Mr. Ba (3) family in at Red land in Phu Quoc pearl islands, we see him and guess that he has returned from a fishing trip and caught some kilograms of herring. Welcoming guests, his wife – Mrs. Muoi (Ten) expresses his ability to make the herring salad to serve visitors. The herrings are large and big as if being two fingers and their flakes are white and fresh. Only with two sharp slices, Mrs. Muoi took two fillet pieces easily along two sides of the small herring, washed the vinegar so that the fish piece changes the meat’s reddish – brown to light white.
The vinegar herring decorated with slices of melon, mixed again with the chopped onion, chopped parsley, peanuts, a little of grasped white coconut. At that time, Mr. Ba went out his garden, wave and show many baskets of cassava vegetable, flowers, vagary, sprout warts, traumata, etc combined with the wrapped herring salad with the paper rice. Quickly, the dish was laid, decorated attractively with many different colors of five basic elements. The silver color with the shiny fish scales, the white coconut, the wood color of green forest vegetable, the water with blue color of chopped parsley, the fire of red chili, the earth with brown of peanuts, fired onion, etc adding a little forest vegetable with their familiar and strange names to decorate. All things are also interesting enough to eat, making our stomach be active.
We roll herring salad into paper rice, use with the Phu Quoc famous sauce compounding the sweet flavor with chili, sugar, onion, garlic, biting the submerged teeth. We chew enough flavors from the sweet and cool taste of the herring, the crispy and aromatic taste of peanut, the pungent onion, the aromatic dried onion, the fatness of coconut, then a lot of sour, bitter, spicy flavor of tapioca, flower, vajra, sprout warts, insects, etc. The feelings are absorbing enough to make the herring salad to impress experts in eating everywhere. In actually, two simple letters “herring salad”; however, it gathers everybody to island’s interesting food disk.
Eating the herring salad, there is need to have spaces, of course, in Phu Quoc Pearl Island’s space, there is no as good space as long – stretching white and impossibly charming to describe beach corner. On the other hand, the top level of the herring salad is short if there is no a few “puffs” to make spices. You must spend time seeking the “wine crow mouth” which people in everywhere whisper each other that using the “drink” is remove all body aches, adding its strange ability is that one drinks, another praises. Nobody knows its answer, the delicious rural dish like the herring salad. Eating with a variety of mixed forest vegetable, combining with the cloud, sky, sea, water, charming mountain water love, special delicious wine is interesting enough for first – class guests or poorer to come there and hit their thigh impressively, their kindled spiritual face. Then we put a glass of wine down a table to “verbally asked” in love a question: “Mèn đét ơi, bá cháy, bá cháy hoa bằng lăng” – The herring salad is extremely delicious.