Slipper lobster – a specialty food of Phan Thiet

Slipper lobster (Tôm vỗ, Tôm mũ ni) is a broad lobster which has a total length up to 23 centimeters. It has reddish-brown shell, the tail fan can be a browner or a yellower hue. It occurs around the coast of Phan Thiet city (Binh Thuan province), Nha Trang city (Khanh Hoa province), Quang Ninh province, Vung Tau province, Phu Quoc island (Kien Giang province) in Vietnam. They call this kind of lobster Tôm mũ ni (Tôm means lobster, mũ ni means hat in English) because the tail fan looks like a hat on its hat. Coming to Vietnam, do not miss a big chance to enjoy dishes from slipper lobster which has white, tender, sweet-tasty, smelling and rich-nutrient meat. Vietnamese fishermen catch this lobster by hand or using a net. Slipper lobster is rich in proteins, calories, calcium, and omega 3.

Slipper lobster has attracted most of the local people as well as visitors including travelers. There are various slipper lobster recipes: Steamed slipper lobster, Boiled slipper lobster, Grilled slipper lobster. The dishes mentioned above are simple and easy to cook but outstandingly delicious thanks to the great taste of the lobster meat. Besides simple dishes which are usually served at not only restaurants but also street food stalls, there are some complex slipper lobster recipes which are only served at luxury restaurants. For example, the crispy, greasy, yellow, smelling Fried slipper lobster with butter and Steamed slipper lobster with snow fungus are famous dishes from Tôm mũ ni. Some other popular dishes from slipper lobster: Toasted slipper lobster with salt and chili, Toasted slipper lobster with garlic, Steamed slipper lobster with beer, Grilled slipper lobster with salt and chili, Grilled slipper lobster with salt and lemongrass, Grilled slipper lobster with cheese, Hot pot with slipper lobster, Slipper lobster in lime juice sauce.

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