One of my favorite things to do when enjoying some beach time is to eat some fresh seafood outside while feeling the beach breeze and hearing the waves hitting the shore. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something truly endearing about it in Vietnam. An experience that is very different from enjoying seafood at Redondo Beach Pier in California, Old Bay seasoned blue crabs in Maryland, or fresh clams in Washington.
The north end of the Mui Ne strip has a row of outdoor restaurants called Quan Bo Ke. Live seafood is housed in tanks waiting to be picked and cooked right on the spot. The Bo Ke restaurants are very casual, and it is common to sit on small plastic chairs and metal tables. If you are there before the rush, you may be able to score the concrete picnic tables. We ordered five dishes to share between the two of us (sea bass not pictured), which was plenty to fill our hungry tummies!
Grilled scallops with green onion oil and ground peanuts on top
Steamed tiger lobster to share
Grilled sea crabs brushed with butter. The meat was super sweet and naturally seasoned by the salty waters that the crabs came from. I ordered an additional crab because one was just not enough!
Stir fried yu choy with crispy shallots on top
Tip: When the menu doesn’t have the price, ask for the price when ordering. We forgot to ask the waiter, and assumed the price would be similar to Cay Bang restaurant. Though Si was speaking Vietnamese, we think they charged us tourist prices because the bill came to $60; nearly double of Cay Bang! We would go to a Bo Ke again, but will be mindful next time and ask for the prices up front!
Grilled scallops with green onion oil and ground peanuts
Thanh Oanh Bo Ke Quan
118 Nguyen Dinh Chieu
Ham Tien, Mui Ne