Le Mat village
Located in the north-east of Hanoi, about 7km from the city center, Le Mat village became an attrctive place for anyone curious about catching and raising snake as well as want to have a taste of the unique cuisine: snake meat.
8:30 AM : Pick up at Ocean tours, No 82 Mã Mây Str, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hà Nội
9h15 AM - 10h30 AM: Explore special village, Le Mat
Le Mat Village (Viet Hung, Long Bien) is 7km from the heart of Ha Noi, no one know since when it became a well-known place for cuisines made from snakes. As an Old story told, in 1072, Princess Ly Ngoc Hoa, the daughter of King Ly Cong Uan, was attacked by a giant snake while she was wandering on Thien Duc river (nowaday called Duong river). At that moment the monster was about to swallow her, it was killed by a snake catcher lived nearby. Refused to be rewarded with gold and silver, the young man only asked for a piece of land in the north of the capital for reclaiming and formed a village called "13 camps". Then the village became specialized in snakes catching and snake breeding, lunar March 23 also was choosen to be annual village festival.
There was a period of time breeding snakes became the main occupation of the villagers, both old and young villagers could capture snakes and snakes become economic enrichment items for Le Mat. Through many ups and downs, losing farmland and crops, snakes turned into a delicious cuisine of Le Mat
11h00 PM – 12h30 PM: Tasty dishes made from snakes in Trọng Khách restaurant, Alley 161, Lệ Mật ( Hoa Lâm) Str - Việt Hưng - Long Biên - Hà Nội
Thinking of eating snakes is thinking of Le Mat. Pass Long Bien Bridge to Viet Hung is arrive to the village. The village doesnt have bamboo, water stations anymore, but it got paved road running through the village with a lot of tall, well-built houses on two sides.
Snakes for making foods mostly is cobras and ratsnakes, normally about 1kg weigh. Everyone can come and pick which snake will be cooked, and wait until foods are served up
One snake is enough for preparing up to 10 dishes. The first is snake soup, then snake with piper lolo, stirred snake guts, snake Salad with banana flower, sticky rice with snake, snake rolls, fried snake skin, snake breaded, stuffed snakes ... snakes meat tastes sweet and made to be easy to eat with spices.
For a long time, snake meat has been recognized as a valuable medicine. From snake meat can be processed into food with nutritions, and healing effects. Snake meat is classified as a high-end food and nutritious. But it is not for everyone, with small children and women, it may cause allergic.
Snake meat is considered as a noble dish in Vietnam. If you go for snake meat as a group of four people, the price is about 300000-600000 VND per person. Quy Khanh Restaurant is one of the famous restaurants in the village of Le Mat, with a tradition of snake breeding, the restaurant has built infrastructure and services to serve tourists from everywhere. Space is chic, modern, cool, combined with beautiful architecture fringing field is an attraction of it. Especially, their talent of cooking foods is very worthy to be eulogied. The restaurant has more than 10 dishes made from snakes. Regardless of winter or summer, you still will be charmed with their wine and dishes, and the restaurant always leaves an dêply impression for diners