Snails Stir Fried in Butter
Snails Boiled in Spices
Hanoi people love paddy snails. These snails thrive in the wetness of the paddy fields. I suppose that is one good way of getting rid of garden pests that eat the food you grow. You turn the garden pests into accompanying dishes. Hawkers set up mini tables and stools along the side walks. They have huge vats of boiling water filled with herbs and spices. Snails are boiled and the served to customers in bowls together with a dipping sauce augmented with garlic and herbs. In one shop, the snails were served fried in garlic and butter.
The Husband and I aren't squeamish about snails. I used to hunt garden snails in My Someone's veggie patch in spring and early summer deep in the French countryside. Then after, I would go and play. A few days later, we would be served "escargots au beurre persillé". Yummy!
Snails have the texture of fish balls. Springy. The meat is quite bland so it helps to augment the taste with some strong herbs or aromatic butter. Ya gotta cook them good though 'cos they have something called zoonotic nematodes that can make you quite ill.