Arriving in Sapa, visitors will not only feel the fresh air, the weather is “cry” like a young girl. Instead, the Northwest hot pot dishes, hot in the cold winter will make you feel more in love here. A hot pot dish that has become a trademark, a specialty every time visitors come here is Sapa sturgeon hot pot. Follow Dung Ha Dry Food to learn more about Sapa sturgeon hot pot and how to make this dish.

1. What is Sapa sturgeon hotpot?

Sapa sturgeon hotpot is a traditional dish of the H’Mong people living in the highlands of Sapa, Lao Cai – Vietnam. This dish is made entirely from sturgeon – a freshwater fish that lives mainly in streams and rivers in the high mountains. The characteristics of sturgeon make people feel much better than other fish they have ever eaten. Sturgeon is completely boneless. Instead, they have only cartilaginous bones, which are crispy and delicious when eaten.


The main ingredients to make sturgeon hot pot include: sturgeon (indispensable), vegetables, red onion, reishi mushroom, garlic, chili, cinnamon leaves, and longan leaves. Other spices such as pepper, fish sauce, scallions,…
Sturgeon will be pecked, cleaned and sliced into thin slices, arranged on a very beautiful plate. The hot pot part is prepared in a very special way. The chef will use all the cardamom of the Northwest. When eating sturgeon hotpot, diners will clearly feel the aroma from the broth. A little bit of mild sourness from the additive ingredients mixed in.
Don’t keep people waiting any longer. Let’s go to the kitchen to make the Northwest sturgeon hot pot right away!

2. How to cook Sapa sturgeon hotpot?

Sturgeon hotpot today has become very popular and diverse. Not only in Sapa but also in the North and other places can cook this hot pot. Called sturgeon hot pot, but the chef can process it into many other hot pot dishes such as:

  • Mixed sturgeon hotpot
  • Spicy and sour sturgeon hotpot
  • Sour and sour sturgeon hotpot

Each hot pot dish will bring you very different flavors of water. But just cook Sapa sturgeon hotpot, you can easily cook the above hotpot dishes. Let’s go to the kitchen to cook sturgeon hot pot.

2.1 Preparation materials:

  • Fresh sturgeon: 2-3kg
  • Tomatoes: 5
  • Green onion: 5 branches
  • Garlic: 1 bulb
  • Onions: 2 pieces
  • Fresh chili: 3
  • Dried onions: 2 bulbs
  • Ginger: 1 piece
  • Sour bamboo shoots: 500gr
  • Pineapple: 1/2 fruit
  • Coriander, Chinese smell, dill
  • Water spinach, celery, banana
  • Spices: sugar, monosodium glutamate, seasoning, fish sauce, cooking oil, ground pepper,…


2.2 Preliminary preparation of hot pot ingredients

– Put the sturgeon in a large pot. Put salt in the fish bowl and then shake it up so that the fish gets rid of the slime as well as the fish
– Rinse the sturgeon under clean running water to remove salt and slime. Let the fish drain
– Put the fish on the cutting board, use a knife to remove the gills, fins and intestines
– Wash the fish again to clean the blood
– Filter into thin pieces from 1-2cm thick enough to eat. The fish head is put in the stew to get hot pot broth
– Tomatoes washed, thinly sliced
– Onions peeled, washed, cut areca
– Dried onion + dried garlic peeled, smashed and minced
– Fresh chili, washed, thinly sliced
– Ginger + lemongrass cleaned, smashed and chopped
– Coriander + Chinese coriander + dill pick up damaged leaves, wash and finely chop
– Water spinach + celery + bananas are picked up, washed with water and drained
– Pineapple cut into small pieces just enough to eat
– Sour bamboo shoots are stripped into a fiber forest just enough to eat. Soak the sour bamboo shoots for about 5 minutes in a basin of cold water, pick them up and drain. Take a pot of boiling water, pour over the bamboo shoots until the bamboo shoots are cooked, and then remove the bamboo shoots into a bowl


2.3 Fried fish (with or without preference)

– Put the pan on the stove, add cooking oil, boil the oil
– When the oil is hot, you add minced garlic + minced shallot and fry until fragrant
– Put each piece of sturgeon just prepared above and fry with garlic + minced shallot
– Fry on medium heat, fry until golden brown on both sides. When the fish is cooked, take out the oil absorbent paper
Fighting fish may or may not depend on each person’s preferences. Called to eat fish hot pot, you just need to dip the fish in the hot pot to enjoy. Each processing method brings a very different taste and experience

2.4 Making hot pot sauce

– Put the pan on the stove, add cooking oil + finely chopped tomatoes, beat the tomatoes
– Add the dried onions to the island with the tomatoes to increase the aroma
– Add sliced pineapple and stir-fry together with tomatoes and dried onions to create a fragrance for the broth
– Put about 2 liters of clean water in the pot, bring to a boil
– Boil water, add ginger + red onion + onion to boil and lower the heat to simmer until these ingredients are cooked.
– Add seasoning + fish sauce + seasoning seeds + monosodium glutamate, stir well and taste to see if it’s just right for you.
– The broth is mouth-watering, you put the dried onion + tomato + fried pineapple at the top into the hot pot, stir well.
– The broth is just right, lower the heat to low, put the prepared sour bamboo shoots into the pot of hot pot broth


2.5 Enjoy the finished product

-The sturgeon hotpot is ready, you scoop the water out of the hot pot to enjoy your finished product

– Where the sturgeon eats, you put it in the blanched hot pot (Because the fish is thinly sliced, it cooks very quickly)
– In order not to get bored, you can add clean prepared vegetables to eat with the fish
– Dipping sauce, you can dip it with garlic chili sauce or seasoning
– Because it’s a hot pot, it’s very easy to eat, you can eat more noodles or noodles, it’s also great
Sapa sturgeon hotpot with sweet and sour taste mixed with sweet and chewy taste from sturgeon will bring you an extremely quality and attractive hot pot. Although, have not had the opportunity to come to Sapa to experience this specialty dish, you can also apply this recipe to cook sturgeon hotpot at home, which is not inferior in Sapa!


Good luck and have a delicious meal.

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3. Check out the hottest Sapa sturgeon hotpot restaurants when you come here

3.1 HotPot Center – Xuan Vien

HotPot Center is definitely the best sturgeon hotpot restaurant in Sapa when you come here to travel. The shop is located in a special location in the center of Sapa town. The interior space is beautifully designed, bearing the modernized beauty of Sapa in recent years. Delicious food, variety, excellent service. The staff here seem to be “Training” in an extremely methodical way. “Take Care” customers are very standard, support all difficulties of customers.


With spacious, airy space, great view. Surely this is the base where couples in love can both eat and experience the beauty of Sapa at night. Best of all, HotPot Center can also welcome groups of up to 100 people. Going higher, the shop has a play area for children as well as a coffee restaurant to enjoy modern music.
HotPot Center is not only famous for sturgeon. The menu here is very diverse, including dishes such as: salt-roasted chicken, steamed goat, kitchen buffalo meat, …
  • Address: 71 Xuan Vien, TT. Sapa, Lao Cai
  • Opening hours: 11h00 – 15h00/18h00 – 22h00
  • Price: 280,000 VND – 2,500,000 VND
  • Phone number: 089.9999.300

3.2 Thang Co Restaurant A Quynh

Thang Co A Quynh is the address specializing in extremely delicious and quality Sapa sturgeon. Located in a beautiful location, in the center of Sapa town. The spacious design space of 3 floors as well as the interior layout of the house is very warm with bold ethnic identity.
In addition to sturgeon hotpot, Thang Co A Quynh restaurant also has other local dishes such as: pork underarms, rice lam, thang co (famous dish of H’Mong people) and other dishes.
Convenient restaurant location on Cau May street. About 1.5km from Sapa town center. After eating, it is very convenient to walk to the Homestay.
  • Address: 15 Thach Son Street, TT. Sapa
  • Reference price: 250,000 VND/person
  • Opening hours: 10:00 – 14:00 / 17:30 – 22:00
  • Phone number: 0214.3873.055

3.3 Sapa TV Restaurant

The Sapa Tv Youtube channel must be no stranger to young people. Sapa Tv restaurant will bring you back to the right rustic, simple and simple space of the Northwest mountains. Sapa restaurant is extremely large and beautiful, with an extremely luxurious design that makes anyone who comes here have to be surprised. Sapa tv has a strong point that they not only specialize in sturgeon but also specialize in many other dishes. Sapa’s menu is often clearly divided into sets to suit each person’s conditions.


At Sapa Tv, you will be immersed in the menu space including dishes such as: ethnic specialties, horse dishes, sapa specialty vegetables, salmon, chicken, Ban pig,… a lot of fun. selective. Not just a restaurant business. The brand and popularity of Sapa TV are also many people come here to buy gifts such as: kitchen buffalo meat, wild honey, roasted chestnuts, kitchen pork, …

  • Address: 19 Hoang Van Thu Street, TT.Sapa, Lao Cai
  • Phone number: 0974686389
  • Opening hours: 9:00 – 23:00
  • Reference price: 180,000 VND – 3,000,000 VND

3.5 Minh Tam Sapa Restaurant

Minh Tam Quan is a shop specializing in sturgeon that many people visit here. Convenient location, has 3 floors, extreme view. Sitting on the 2nd floor of the 3rd floor, you will have a full view of Sun Plaza. That’s why Minh Tam Quan is booked by many customers early. If you don’t book a table on the weekend, you will definitely come back here.
Interior design is 100% solid brick, not plastered. The floor is also paved with red brick to create a sense of cleanliness. The ceiling space is decorated with chandeliers, creating a beautiful and warm scene of an ancient Northwest countryside.
In terms of food, this Sapa restaurant specializes in sturgeon. Sturgeon here is not inferior to other establishments in Sapa. Skilled chefs, beautifully prepared and extremely clean. Besides, other pork dishes such as: bacon, wild horse meat with garlic sauce, .. are very suitable for those who are curious to try once.
  • Address: 09 Fanxipang, TT.Sapa, Lao Cai
  • Phone number: 0367.371.431
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 23:30
  • Reference price: VND 50,000 – VND 900,000

3.6 Sang Meo Restaurant

Sang Meo is an emerging name in recent years. Sang Meo is designed with an extremely modern interior space, not the wild Northwest mountains. When you step in here, you will be overwhelmed with the extremely large space, there are groups and retail tables depending on the needs of customers. Not only that, the restaurant space is extremely warm, noble and luxurious. With warm tones thanks to the yellow light is the highlight arranged everywhere. Eating sturgeon hotpot while looking at the lights will help you love this restaurant more.
A hot and spicy sturgeon hot pot with thin slices of sturgeon meat that is light pink, but not friable and broken. In addition, you can choose outside some dishes made from: salmon, black chicken, ban pork,… Especially the green pepper chicken, you should try them once in your life.
  • Address: 29 Fanxipang, TT. Sapa, Lao Cai
  • Opening hours: 9:00 – 23:00
  • Phone number: 088.8681.221
  • Reference price: 200,000 VND – 1,000,000 VND

3.7 A Phu Quan Restaurant

A Phu Quan is located on Fanxipang Road. With a spacious design space of 3 floors. Each floor can accommodate about 200 tourists. The restaurant has a nice view. The 2nd and 3rd floors are very suitable for guests who are passionate about virtual check-in. The staff here are very enthusiastic, they are ready to take the car up and down to help customers. Eating at A Phu Quan, you will be back to the story of A Phu couple by author To Hoai.


The sturgeon hotpot at A Phu Quan is sliced into thin slices by the chefs and arranged on an extremely eye-catching plate. Dip a slice of sturgeon into the hot pot with a strong broth flavor that is hard to resist. Each piece of fish is chewy, crunchy and crunchy, extremely mouth-watering.

  • Address: 15 Fanxipang, TT. Sapa, Lao Cai
  • Opening hours: 9:00 – 23:00
  • Phone number: 086.8159.900
  • Reference price: 250,000 VND – 2,000,000 VND

3.8 O Quy Ho Restaurant

Extending the list of delicious Sapa sturgeon hotpot, it is impossible not to mention the famous O Quy Ho Sapa restaurant. The restaurant has a 2-storey design with an ancient design. With earth tone is the main color tone. Stepping into the restaurant, you will be warmly welcomed by the reception staff. Going deeper, you will see that all the staff here are working in extremely lovely Northwest ethnic costumes.
If using sturgeon hot pot. You will receive a hot pot seasoned with rich spices. Accompanying the outside is a vegetable plate + a package of shrimp noodles. And certainly not without a plate of fresh sturgeon beautifully displayed. In addition, this place has pumpkin chicken which is also loved by many people. If you have a chance, you should also enjoy this dish.
  • Address: 8 Thach Son, TT. Sapa, Lao Cai
  • Opening hours: 9:00 – 23:00
  • Phone number: 0214,3866.866
  • Reference price: 30,000 VND – 900,000 VND

Sapa sturgeon hotpot is a specialty dish every time you set foot in this foggy city. The weather is cold, the persistent drizzle is very suitable for all members of our family to sit together around the delicious, sour and spicy sturgeon hotpot, while eating and praising. Not only that, the stores that deliver delicious sturgeon hotpot in Sapa are also listed in the most detail here by Dry Food. Please try to experience it.


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