Nhum is a Phu Quoc Island delight

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Nhum is a Phu Quoc Island delight

People will hesitate when offered nhum (sea-urchin), a specialty of Phu Quoc Island due to its spiky, prickly black outer shell. But once you have tried it, you will wonder why it took you so long as the delicacy consists of a sweet, greasy and delicious taste.

Nhum is a Phu Quoc Island delight

By Kieu Giang in HCMC

Nhum (sea- urchin) grilled with onion and cooking oil is a popular choice - Photo: Kieu Giang
People will hesitate when offered nhum (sea-urchin), a specialty of Phu Quoc Island due to its spiky, prickly black outer shell. But once you have tried it, you will wonder why it took you so long as the delicacy consists of a sweet, greasy and delicious taste.

Nhum or also called cau gai or nhim bien usually live in groups at coral reefs and caves in the coastal areas of Ca Na in Ninh Thuan Province and Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province.

The most delicious part is its flesh and eggs in light yellow color attached on the skin inside the shell. After you cut it into two parts, sea-urchin will be served in two ways. The first is by squeezing lemon juice or wasabi into the food to enjoy the fresh taste but this can be dangerous and give you stomachache.

The other, safer option is grilling nhum with fried onion and oil which delivers an irresistible smell and taste. Some people say it tastes the same as foie gras but others compare it to crab-roe. No matter, this is a nutritious and healthy treat that perks you up.

So, do not forget to note nhum on your notebook as a must try for your next trip to the Pearl Island. Tourists are advised to enjoy the dish which is priced from VND20,000 at Dinh Cau night market or on boat trips to south island.

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