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Saturday, January 3, 2015

VIE: Golden Lotus Cruise [Part 2: Dinner]

Enjoying dinner after a day of fun, especially during cave exploration!

After we had our lunch onboard the cruise ship, we went to explore Sung Sot Cave. Literally means 'Amazing Cave' in English, it features spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, bathed in colourful illumination of lights that are strategically placed. We also went to watch the sunset at one of the islands at Ha Long Bay.

Prior to the dinner, we had a short cooking class. Well, I suppose it wasn't exactly a cooking class, simply because we only learnt how to fold spring rolls. Pika's advice: Meals onboard the cruise are to be shared with other people. However, you can request beforehand for a private table as what we did for the trip.

Soup Dish
Taste: 8/10

We started off with a bowl of thick broth, which was garnished with coriander. While I'm not a fan of the said herb, the soup was wholesome.

Spring Roll Dish
Taste: 7.5/10

The spring rolls were slightly crispy on the exterior. The ingredients inside, such as mushrooms, carrots and turnips, could be moister. 

Fish Dish
Taste: 7.5/10

The fish for the evening came in the form of fried cakes that were quite chewy. They went pretty well with the chili sauce provided on each table (not shown).

Seafood Dish
Taste: 8.5/10

The steamed prawns were truly sweet, while the lightly fried crab cakes stuffed into the shells were adequately succulent.

Beef Dish
Taste: 6/10

While the pineapple brought out the sweetness of the sliced beef, it was kinda regrettable that the red meat was dry.

Pickled Dish
Taste: 7.5/10

The pickled cucumber slices were slightly better than the ones served during lunch as the former were refreshingly sourer.


While the fruit had a nice sweet and sour balance, it wasn't that juicy.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 7.5/10
Ambience: 8/10
Overall: 7.5/10

I was glad that the dinner was somewhat better than the lunch. Anyway, below is one picture that I snapped inside Sung Sot Cave.

We really had a lot of fun with Singaporeans, Malaysians, Taiwanese, a British and a Ukrainian onboard. Good night, everyone!

Golden Lotus Cruise

Ha Long Bay
(Daily: 7.00pm - 8.00pm)

*No separate price given as the meal is included in the cruise price.

Have a nice meal,

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