A bay in the central province of Quang Ngai attracts tourists with its simple yet beautiful beach and delicious, cheap seafood.
Situated some 60 kilometers south of Quang Ngai Town, Chau Me is a bay that still looks rather wild, regardless of coastal eateries’ presence.
It boasts a yellow bow-shaped sandy beach, crystal blue sea, clear blue sky, rows of casuarinas along the beach, rocks with different shapes, mountains covered with green forests, and beached wooden boats.
In short, the bay with three kilometer long coast does not look as grand as other famous bays in the central region like Nha Trang and Van Phong.
But, “the beauty of the sea,” as one local called it, still attracts tens of people from adjacent localities like Binh Dinh Province every weekend.
They come to Chau Me not only to bathe in the cool water, or to revel in the feeling of having a nap in a hammock under trees close to the sea without being disrupted by harassing vendors, but also to revel in seafood at reasonable prices.
Le, who runs an eatery on the beach, said local eateries’ owners are farmers who want to increase their incomes a little to support their families, not true business people.
She said they do not dare rip off tourists for fear that the practice will scare them away.
Tourists can order dishes at coastal eateries, or buy fresh seafood directly from fishermen who would dock their boats in the morning and then ask the eateries’ owners to cook for them.
As the seafood is fresh, it is good enough with simple styles of cooking like cooked flower crabs and steamed prawns.
One of recommended dishes is grilled ranina ranina or spanner crabs. Then, there is raw tuna eaten with soya sauce, mustard paste, and mustard greens.
If tourists still want to have something more to fill their stomach after all the seafood dishes, they can order rice porridge cooked with oysters and lots of green onions and chives.
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