Understanding “ốc Gạo”: Weight, Buying Tips, and How to Select Delicious Ones

Curious about snail rice? Read on to find out more about this unique type of snail.


Rice snail is a popular species in the Mekong Delta known for its sweet, fatty meat and distinct aroma. Dishes made from rice snails are always in high demand. If you’re unfamiliar with this type of snail, let us provide you with more details.

1 What is rice snail?

What is rice snail?
What is rice snail?

Rice snail, scientifically known as Assiminea lutea, is a species of snail mainly found in brackish water in the southern regions of Vietnam.

The snail has a white and green shell, round spiral shape, and a pointed tail at the back. It is as small as the tip of a little finger and has a bright and shiny multicolored shell.

Rice snail got its name because when cooked, a small fat lump similar to a grain of rice appears under its skirt. This snail species is also known for its lack of slime, making it exceptionally delicious and healthy compared to other snail species.

The snail has translucent white meat that is sweet and fragrant. For the best taste, it is recommended to purchase rice snails around the month of May on the lunar calendar.

2 How much does rice snail cost? Where to buy?

How much does rice snail cost? Where to buy?
How much does rice snail cost? Where to buy?

The price of rice snails varies depending on the season and size of the snails. However, the price difference is not significant, so you can enjoy them without worrying too much about the cost. The current reference prices for rice snails are as follows:

  • Small rice snails: around 120,000 – 135,000 VND/kg.
  • Large rice snails: around 140,000 – 160,000 VND/kg.

Rice snails can be easily purchased at big markets, supermarkets, or seafood specialty stores. It is important to choose reputable places to ensure the quality and safety of the snails.

3 Tips for choosing delicious rice snails

Tips for choosing delicious rice snails
Tips for choosing delicious rice snails

To ensure delicious and nutritious dishes made from rice snails, it is essential to choose high-quality snails. Here are some tips for selecting delicious rice snails:

  • Choose rice snails that have a natural scent and touch the protruding part of the snail meat with your hand. If any snails retract, it indicates that they are still alive, ensuring freshness.
  • Avoid selecting snails with strange odors, as they may be dead or spoiled. Additionally, snails floating on the water’s surface should be avoided.

Above, we have provided information about rice snails. We hope this article helps you understand more about this particular snail species, enabling you to choose and prepare delicious dishes using rice snails.