Western Vietnam is famous for its harmonious nature as well as diverse and rich cuisine. If you have the opportunity to come here, you should not ignore Can Tho cuisine – one of the places with bold flavors of genuine Westerners.
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About Can Tho Cuisine
Western Vietnam is favored by nature for its mild climate and poetic beauty, which is one of the places that attract a lot of tourists. The most prominent of which must be mentioned is the rich cuisine, which has its characteristics compared to other regions.
Unlike the pungent taste of the Central region or the bold taste of the North, Western Vietnamese cuisine has a sweet taste because the people here are quite sweet. That is also the reason this land is the birthplace of many famous sweet gruels such as pomelo tea, sweet green bean gruel, Mrs. Ba sweet gruels,...
Besides, because it is a river area, the dishes here are also seafood-oriented. If you have the opportunity to come here, you should not miss the dishes made from eel, carp, snakehead fish, linguine fish,… and especially the famous braised fish dish. One of the most attractive tourist attractions in the West is defiTho – a place with beautiful nature and rich and diverse cuisine. To be able to discover all of Can Tho cuisine, it is certainly not possible in just 1-2 days, but there are special dishes that you should not miss. Find out below!
Top 10 delicious dishes of Can Tho cuisine
Vịt nấu Chao
- Address: Alley 1, Ly Tu Trong, next to Area III of Can Tho University
- Price: From 45,000 VND – 220,000 VND
Referring to Can Tho cuisine, it is impossible to ignore Vịt nấu Chao, a specialty that once entered the top 100 typical dishes of Vietnam announced by the Vietnam Record Organization. The highlight of this dish is white Chao and red Chao cooked with duck to make it softer and more flavorful, combined with taro and mushrooms to create a sweet taste for the broth.
Lẩu mắm miền Tây
Lẩu mắm is one of the typical dishes of Westerners, which is a harmonious combination of different types of fish sauce, which the most special is the Linh fish sauce which is brewed for a long time when cooked with water. Bone broth creates a rich flavor of fish sauce and sweetness from the bones.
Snakehead fish rice porridge
One of the delicious dishes in Can Tho must be mentioned next is snakehead fish porridge. This dish has two types, snakehead fish porridge with bitter vegetables and snakehead fish porridge with spinach, each with completely different flavors but both impressed by the rich sweetness of the fish. In addition, you can serve with straw mushrooms or green vegetables if you like.
Bánh tét lá cẩm
Banh tet with mixed leaves is one of the traditional dishes of Can Tho and you will not find it anywhere else with such a preparation. The cake is used with Camellia leaf juice to stir-fry sticky rice, add coconut milk, and then use meat and salted duck eggs as the filling, all of which blend to create an unforgettable taste.
Cá linh bông điên điển hot pot
Can Tho can be said to be the “cradle” of lẩu cá đặc sắc và lẩu cá linh bông điên điển is one of the must-try dishes when it comes to Can Tho cuisine. This dish is famous for its sweet taste from young reishi, combined with the sour and crunchy taste of wild bougainvillea.
Grilled fish rolled in young lotus leaves
Freshly picked young lotus leaves are washed, rolled with grilled fish, wild vegetables, dipped in sweet and sour tamarind sauce, which is the flavor you can feel when enjoying grilled fish wrapped in young lotus leaves. This is one of the delicious dishes in Can Tho that must be tried.
Going to the West of Vietnam, you will have the opportunity to enjoy pancakes with a very strange taste. It is a combination of the sweet taste of coconut tofu with whole green beans in the crust, the filling is ground meat, shrimp, bean sprouts,… The pancakes have a very strange taste, both rich and fragrant.
Mudskipper grilled reed tube
Mudskipper is one of the specialty fish of the West River. Mudskipper, after being washed, marinated with spices, will be placed in a reed tube grilled on a charcoal stove. When the reed tube is golden and flattened, the fish is also cooked. This way of direct baking makes the Mudskipper softer, and sweeter making the taste more appealing.
Bánh tằm bì
Talking about Can Tho cuisine, it is indispensable that bánh tằm bì sounds strange, but when you try it, you just want to eat more. A plate of the cake consists of white silkworm cake, covered with crispy skin, and a few herbs, raw bean sprouts, pickles, and greasy coconut milk.
Vietnamese grilled pork sausage Cai Rang
- Address: 17 Hoa Binh, Tan An, Ninh Kieu
- Price: 50,000 VND – 110,000 VND/person
If Da Nang has Nem Lụi, Nha Trang has nem nướng (grilled pork sausage), if you come to Can Tho, you must try Cai Rang grilled pork sausage. Grilled pork sausage is made from pork, strung into round balls on a bamboo stick, and then grilled over charcoal to bring out an unforgettable flavor when enjoyed.
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