Spain may have its tapas bars and Japan its izakayas, but in Vietnam, there are quán ôcs. Literal translation: snail eateries. Quán ôcs are often informal street-side stalls with nothing more than plastic chairs and cooks slaving over propane-fueled woks. You go to a quán ôc to drink lots of beer and eat clams, snails and crabs—pretty much anything that comes in a shell. But just as yakitori is to most izakayas, it's the snails that get top billing. Harvested from rice paddies, rivers and the ocean, there's often a taxonomy's worth of snails to choose from. Grilled, boiled in soups, stir-fried with flavorful sauces, snails were popular in Vietnam even before French colonizers came around... More >>>