During my many visits to Vietnam, one of my favourite place to visit is 'Quan oc', literal translation- snail shops. Where they serve up the most lip-smackingly delicious grilled cockles and sea scollops with shallot oil.
Scattered through out Vietnam, these snail joints offer an extraordinary variety of delectable snails, mollucs and crustaceans. While, what may seem like a strange snack food for most foreign visitors. These delectable delicacies are extremely popular with locals.
For the more adventurous eaters and foodie traveling to Vietnam, these snail joints are a must to visit. A Sampling of the grilled cockles and sea scollops with shallot oil may help explain why. Perfect with an ice cold beer, it's a place I find myself coming back again and again.
Grilled cockles with shallot oil- by foodaffairvietnam
1 kg cockles
1 cup of shallots oil
1 cup of nuoc cham
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
1/2 cup crispy Asian eshallots
1. To cook the cockles, Place it on barbecue or under the grill until it starts to open up. Transfer onto a plate. Remove and discard the upper shells (use a tea towel when handling the cockle to avoid burns).
2. To serve, spoon a little crush peanut, shallot oil and crispy Asian eshallot over the cockles. Enjoy!
To make the shallot oil- makes 1 cup
Ingredients1 cup 1 cup shallot, roughly chopped
1/2 cup olive oil