Phu Quoc has long been a must-visit attraction for international tourists when visiting Vietnam. It’s quiet, peaceful, and a heaven to get away from the hustle and bustle life. But besides the beautiful white beaches, Phu Quoc attracts tourists by its solitude is the food. In Phu Quoc, they also have some amazing cuisine that is found nowhere else, so don’t forget to try these dishes and prepare to be amazed.
Herring salad is not only a specialty but also a culinary pride of the local in Phu Quoc island. The dish is served with homemade rice paper and fish sauce which is an amalgamation of garlic, onion, ginger, ordinary Phu Quoc fish sauce.
The raw herring salad is a traditional dish was created by the local many years ago and is a must-try dish when coming to this island. It is called salad but the way people eat this dish is quite different. First, they put raw fish, shredded coconut, Vietnamese mint, spring onion, nuts together. Next, lay a leave of lettuce on a piece of rice paper, they are the outer shell wrapping the amalgamate above. Finally, roll the shell and dip it into the fish sauce and enjoy the perfect combination.
Flower crab is the king of all seafood in this island, luckily, it is not scarce at all, but available in all restaurant. The fresh red flower crabs will bring the taste of ocean along with rich of flesh texture. To hold the original flavor, the crabs will be boiled alive with a lot of herbs, it is served with the fish sauce made by special recipes.
Top tips for you:
A large crab is not as delicious as the smaller one. Therefore, you should select the medium size crabs, in addition, a female crab would be richer in protein and calcium.
Tram mushroom or boletus mushroom is both planted and collected in nature. The most famous dish made from this mushroom is boletus soup which is a truly marine symphony because it is cooked with shrimp, squids, fish meatball, and a lot of herbs, sometimes, the chiefs add pork or chicken meat into the soup in case the customers cannot eat seafood. At first, eaters will find mushroom is a little bit bitter but very crunchy, and chewy. Even if you come to Phu Quoc, not in the mushroom season, you still can try it in eateries although it will not be fresh instead, the dried or frozen mushroom will be used as a replacement. In addition, small boletus mushroom together with abalone and sea cucumber are often used to make stir-fried dish which is very popular and cheap price.
Sticky rice cake Mat Cat
Mat Cat cake or sticky rice Mat Cat cake is a feature of Lunar New Year in Phu Quoc in contrary to Banh Chung (square cake) in the Northern or Banh Tet in the southern, Mat Cat cake is wrapped by Mat Cat leave which is smaller than Dong leave or banana leave. So that it requires the cooker must be very skillful to tighten to cake not too strong or loose. This is an art that is passed from generation to generation. The way people wrap this cake will affect its flavor, color, and shape, besides, the package also differentiates Mat Cat cake from others New Year cake. The cake has a jade color and a distinct aroma thanks to the essence of Ngot and Dua leave, together with the tasty fat of the pork and green beans that make up the cake.
Phu Quoc fish sauce
Phu Quoc island has long been famous for its high quality of fish sauce which is exported worldwide and is the majority earnings of the island beside to the tourism. Fish sauce or, in Vietnamese “nuoc mam” is a dipping sauce that is indispensable in most of the Vietnamese meals to add a salty and sweet flavor. In Phu Quoc, fish sauce is made by fermenting the mixture of anchovies specially grown in this marine, salt, water, Phu Quoc black pepper. The fermentation process lasts for at least 6 months and goes through various stages. After all, the sauce will be drained from large barriers and divide into different kinds from high quality for exportation to basic types for home cooking. No matter what kind it is, the sauce is always rich in protein. There is fish sauce tour always available helps tourists to learn about this specialty of the island.
So Phu Quoc is not just an Island paradise, but a place to try some new and interesting Vietnamese Cuisine. Also, don’t forget to pick up a bottle of their delicious fish sauce after touring the factory where it’s made.
Note: In addition to the list of 5 most famous dishes in Phu Quoc above, there are a lot more specialties you should not miss such as:
- Nhum (sea-urchin): Nhum is tasty and healthy. It is not only an original dish of Phu Quoc, but also a natural virility and kidney tonic, … very good for men.
- Baked egg squid : It is an idyllic and rustic dish of Phu Quoc people.
- Sim wine: A specialty of Phu Quoc made from ripe red sim fruit only growing in Phu Quoc, is popular with a lot of the tourists who have ever visited Phu Quoc Island as it provides the very fantastic taste which is pretty similar to cocktails.
- Crab pudding: The dish is a very hot dish of the pearl island, it is worth for those who are gourmet to try.
- Ham Ninh swimming crab: a famous taste of Ham Ninh fishing village.
- Coi Bien Mai salt and chill grilled: Coi Bien Mai is the muscle layer connecting two pieces of Bien Mai oyster shell, the cream of the species.
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