Top 7 best specialties that you must try in Quy Nhon

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Every regional cuisine has its own characteristics and Quy Nhon also. You definitely have to try the top 7 delicious dishes in Quy Nhon below when you come to the place to have the best culinary tour in Vietnam ever!

Lagu Bread (Banh mi Lagu)

This is a long-standing favorite dish in Quy Nhon. Lagu bread is served with lagu sauce, which is made from a variety of ingredients such as sweet potatoes, red beans, lotus seeds, carrots, and stewed pork. Thus, the sauce has a sweet scent, moderate softness, which is not too soft or too tough. The bread is covered with a thin layer of butter on the face, baked on a charcoal stove to create a sweet smell, cut into small pieces to eat. It is not strange to say that Lagu bread is an ideal dish to enjoy on the cool days.

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Lagu bread

Crispy Vietnamese shrimp pancakes (Banh xeo tom nhay)

You will see Vietnamese pancakes are sold in many places but crispy pancakes in Quy Nhon have a special taste compared to other places. There are so many differences just among the sauces. With the delicious sauce, the normal pancakes are also enough for diners to remember. There will be many kinds of ingredients for a pancake, but especially here, there are red and round shrimps.

Through the skillful hands of bakers, you will have a chance to enjoy crispy yellow pancakes with fresh shrimps, soft beef along with green onions, bean sprouts, onion inside wrapped with raw vegetables such as lettuces, chives, mango slices, cucumbers, etc. They are so tasty that a lot of visitors considered them as the highlight of their Vietnam culinary tours to Quy Nhon.

Grilled Nem (Nem nuong)

Nem is made from ground lean pork and mixed with grease and other spices such as salt, pepper, sugar, garlic, etc. then rolled into round sticks and grilled on the charcoal stove. However, grilled nem in Quy Nhon is totally different from elsewhere because the rice paper to wrap nem are made directly from the rice flour of Binh Dinh rice. You just need to wrap grilled nem with rice paper, add some lettuce, cucumber, starfruits or green mango, chives, basil, pickles, garlic or sliced chili and then dip into a bowl of sauce, put on your mouth and feel.

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Grilled nem

Banh hoi with pork intestine (Banh hoi long heo)

This is one of popular dishes in any culinary tours in Quy Nhon. Banh hoi is almost like vermicelli, but instead of vermicelli noodles we usually see, the noodles are very small, made from rice flour, through a lot of steps. Banh hoi is much better when applied a layer of oil above and added some chopped chives to color the dish.

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Banh hoi with pork intestine

This dish is called banh hoi with pork intestine because when you visit any banh hoi restaurants here, you will enjoy it with one more accompanied dishes – pork intestine. Having banh hoi with boiled pork or pork intestine will make the dish become sweet and fragrant.

Fish rice noodles (Bun ca)

For a long time, fish rice noodles have become symbolic dish bring the essence of Quy Nhon. It is special because of the way making noodles, how to fry fish and especially the broth. The broth is not from pork bones but from fresh fish bones, added a little bit of purple onion, pineapple, etc. to have clear broth without being fishy. Enjoy the delicious bowl of fish noodles is a combination of noodles, broth, crispy fried fish, vegetables together with a bit spicy-sour flavor of lemon and pepper. Only by tasting it once will you remember its flavor forever in any Vietnam culinary tours.

Water Fern Cake (Banh beo)

One of the delicacies in Quy Nhon that must be mentioned in any Vietnam food tours is water fern cake. The cake has a harmonious color thanks to small chives on the top of the white powder, smashed peanuts and a little shrimp or crumbs of bread. No words can describe the feeling of eating water fern cake when it is still hot along with the sauce except “great”.

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Water fern cake

Vietnamese rice pyramid dumpling (Banh it la gai)

Known as a famous gift every time to visit Binh Dinh, it is not an exaggeration to say that this pyramid dumpling is one of the best specialties of Quy Nhon. People wrap this dumpling with Vietnamese special leaves called “la gai” and stuff it with coconut flesh, green beans and ginger. Just take a piece of this rice dumpling, you will be able to feel the softness, smoothness of the cake, the fragrance of sticky rice, the sweetness of coconut flesh.

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Vietnamese rice pyramid dumpling

Top 5 famous specialties of Hau Giang – Vietnam

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With the fertile soil, it is not strange to say that Hau Giang is a potential land of ecotourism. However, this land is also famous for its many delicious regional specialties.

Featherback fish (“Cá thác lác”)

As a common type of fish of Mekong Delta cuisine, the featherback mainly live in ponds, lakes, muddy and cloudy water. This fish is made into many different dishes such as stir-fried with lemongrass and chili, steamed, sour and spicy raw fish, stewed with pineapple and tomato, etc.

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Featherback fish

The simplest and easiest to make is the stir-fried featherback fish with lemongrass and chili. The fish is cleaned, lightly cut and then marinated with salt, sweeteners, chili, finely chopped lemongrass, then put into the hot frying pan. When the fish is crispy and turns golden, the aroma is mixed with the aroma of lemongrass and chili, then the fish is finely cooked and ready to serve. When eating, stir-fried featherback fish also has a sweet flavor on the tip of the tongue with the feeling of the pungent and aromatic flavor of lemongrass and chili.

Gray eel – catfish (“Cá ngát”)

Gray eel – catfish is very wise, omnivorous and it lives in the deep water, even 2-3 meters in depth. Therefore, it must be very sophisticated and time -consuming for the fishermen to catch this fish and its taste is definitely worth to try once in your Mekong Delta tours.

Gray eel – catfish can be processed into a variety of tasty dishes such as grilled with banana trunk, steamed, cooked sour soup, braised or dried to eat with the pickled onions, etc. However, the simplest way is to roll it with the banana trunk and grill on the charcoal stove in order to keep the original flavor. When being served, you can eat this dish with some wild vegetables, or dip in chili salt.

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Gray eel catfish

Furthermore, the braised gray eel – catfish is also often appeared in the meal of the people living in the West Region. The fish is cleaned, marinated with the delicious fish sauce, added a little bit of sugar, pepper, chili and cooked under small heat. Currently, gray eel – catfish is the sought-after specialty at any small food stalls or luxury restaurants with the price ranging from 70,000 to 120,000 VND per kilogram.

Polypody plant (“Đọt choại”)

Polypody plant is one of the wild vegetables in Hau Giang. This is a new species of fern plants and only grows in the West Region. This plant has curly, rolled leaves with lightly sweet flavor, fragrant, crispy. It is prepared as a necessary ingredient for gray eel-catfish hotpot, or else you can totally eat it raw with the garlic vinegar fish sauce or soy sauce, stir-fried with tiny shrimps, etc. A small bunch of polypody plants costs about 10,000 VND, which is very reasonable for this specialty, isn’t it?

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Polypody plant

Cai Tac pig’s tripe congee (“Cháo lòng Cái Tắc”)

Those who have been in Hau Giang Vietnam food tour and enjoy Cai Tac pig’s tripe congee certainly cannot forget the taste of it. Unlike many other places, Cai Tac pig’s tripe congee is cooked quite watery because the local people have the habit of adding turnip cakes or rice noodles when eating.

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Cai Tac pigs tripe congee

Pig’s tripe congee is a simple but very popular dish, which brings the unique flavor, characteristic for Hau Giang area. A bowl of congee is full of pig’s heart, liver, which looks attractive and tastes delicious. The side dish that comes with this congee is water hyssop, banana flower, and bean sprouts, creating a new taste of porridge.

Stir-fried snails with coconut (“Ốc len xào dừa”)

This kind of snail is a famous specialty in any Mekong Delta tours and it is usually stir-fried with coconut or with lemongrass. Especially if you are a true foodaholic of snails, then this mouthwatering dish cannot be ignored because this type of snails has both the sweet and fatty taste of the snail meat.

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Stir-fried snails with coconut

Hau Giang is a land of the Western Region with many delicious dishes. The above is just the top 5 typical specialties of this land, and there are still many other dishes that you have not discovered at all. Hence, why don’t you have a Mekong Delta food tour to discover by yourself.

What to know about Vietnamese fish sauce

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We might have all had the taste of Vietnamese fish sauce at some point, be it ladled over noodle salad known as bún bò xào, stirred into soup, or slathered on Vietnamese grilled pork and noodles (bún thịt nướng) on your Vietnam culinary tours. But how many of us actually know where it comes from? This quick guide will help you unearth a few secrets behind fish sauce or nước mắm – the mother sauce of classical Vietnamese cuisine.

What Is Fish Sauce Made of?

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Fish sauce appears in all Vietnamese meals

Good fish sauces are the water or juice, in the flesh of fish that is extracted in the process of prolonged salting and fermentation for from 1 year to 18 months. Anchovies (cá cơm) are typically used, however, some fish sauces are also made from small fish that would otherwise have little value for consumption.

The basic ingredients of a good fish sauce – small fish and/or fish blood, and innards are packed into large barrels, jars, or crocks with water and layered with salt. Then, these barrels are set out under the hot sunlight for at least 12 months. A whiff from the bottle of fish sauce reveals its strong aroma and alludes to its very distinct, incredibly potent taste and you might notice a small difference when using one for the other. In case you are not yet familiar with nước mắm, it is that salty smelly rich translucent reddish-golden brown liquid made from fish that is the single, most important flavoring ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine.

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How is fish sauce made?

Used like plain salt and pepper in Western cuisine and soy sauce in Chinese and Japanese cuisines, good-quality fish sauce adds a unique character to Vietnamese dishes and imparts a distinct aroma and flavor. It is used liberally in nearly all Vietnamese dishes since Vietnamese food would not be quite the same without it.

It is indispensable in all the Vietnamese kitchens. Ever tried fried spring rolls and noodle salad known as bún bò xào? The small bowl of sauce accompanied by your dish is fish sauce. And going a culinary tour in Vietnam as you quickly learn, Vietnamese cuisine is all about the fish sauce. By itself, fish sauce is very salty, which is why it is usually cooked with other ingredients and used as a finishing sauce.

This kind of sauce packs tons of flavors and enhances whatever it is served with. In the culinary arts, fish sauce is essentially delicately flavored, well-balanced fish sauce, which is the starting point for making various secondary sauces or “small sauces.”

How to make nước chấm or nước mắm chấm?

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Nuoc cham recipe

Fish sauce is usually not consumed in its original state, it is often used as a marinade for fish and meat or can be made into many secondary sauces called Vietnamese dipping sauce (nước chấm) to be served with nem or chả giò (fried egg rolls), gỏi cuốn (spring rolls or summer rolls), bánh xèo (sizzling cake), bánh hỏi (steamed rolls made of rice-flour), bánh cuốn (Vietnamese rolled rice cake), thịt nướng (grilled pork), and cá chiên (fried fish) just to barely name a few. Nước chấm is made by adding water, citrus (lime juice and/or vinegar), sugar, spices, chopped chilies, finely chopped garlic, or other ingredients into the bottled fish sauce.

Fish sauce is a base to open up a world of culinary possibilities. When combined with other ingredients like sugar, lime juice, and chilies, the “fishiness” mellows out and its ability to add richness and a layer of flavor to everything it touches becomes apparent. It is interesting to know is that not all fish sauce is created equal and the way to prepare nước chấm can vary from region to region throughout Vietnam. Depending on the kind you use, you will need to put your own twists on this recipe or adjust the amount used. This nước chấm deal is all about making it fit your taste. The quality is different among different brands of fish sauce. And Red Boat and 3 Crabs are the most popular brands of Vietnamese fish sauce.

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Fish sauce is so important to Vietnamese cuisine

Both a flavoring element and providing the salt for the dish it is included in, fish sauce is so important to the cuisine of Vietnam that almost all known Vietnamese recipes call for it. You have been mystified by Vietnamese cuisine and wondered what is in it that makes it so good. Wonder no more! Let’s go on a Vietnam food tour!

TROPICAL FRUITS IN VIETNAM

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When mentioning special things in Viet Nam cuisine, we cannot miss some delectable tropical fruits. Viet Nam has the characteristics of tropical climate, good soil, an abundance of water resources suitable for crops to achieve good results.

To help foreign tourists traveling to Vietnam with the wish of enjoying the fresh fruits know more about them, I would love to indicate a list of the fruits in Vietnam.

Milk Apple, from Vinh Kim province, is famous for sold with large output in the domestic market. When planted in this province, Milk Apple was given the high productivity since the land here is characterized by fertile alluvial soil, which is the preferred species. Normally, they have thin covers, small seeds, thick pulp that are very sweet and fragrant. Milky Breast is rich in vitamins, fiber, minerals which are essential energy for the body and antioxidants. Especially, women who eat a lot of these fruits will have a beautiful skin and be look really young. These days, Vinh Kim not only presents Milk Apple in the market of Vietnam but also exports them to the international market.

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Milk Apple

Langsat which has a little bit sour and sweeter when it ripe is also one of the favorite fruits in Vietnam. It is actually original from Philipines, when coming to Vietnam, we call it by the name “Bòn Bon”. It is much easier to seek out them in the local markets or from street vendors in the summer.

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Langsat

Mangosteens in Cho Lach is the next fruit that you should try in Vietnam, the specialty of Ben Tre has been well-known for a long time. Although being a big fruit, Mangosteen has a few seeds. The local people in Cho Lach district have the area of 1,200 hectares to plant them. This kind of fruit is easily planted since you do not care much about them but they still grow strongly with less disease. However, Mangosteen is still limited in Vietnam that why its price is a bit expensive. It ranges from 80,000 VND to 120,000VND per kilogram.

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Mangosteens in Cho Lach

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Ri6 Durian

Durian which was brought from Thailand to Vietnam was first planted in Tan Quy, Bien Hoa then in the South and Central Highlands. However, Vinh Long commune of the Mekong Delta is well-known for this fruit most. For many residents who have never tried or are unfamiliar with them, they will find the smell” horrible” as scary as its thorny appearance. For diners, it has very exceptional taste and fragrant smell.

The name of Ri6 Durian is named after Mr. Sau Ri, who has the merit in planting this durian. Ri6 Durian is a special fruit, which consists of the higher amount of carbohydrate, protein, lipid, mineral compared to the other fruits. A durian with weight from 3 to 5 kg has a few pods. They are usually yellowish in color, which is very eye-catching.

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Lychee in Thanh Ha

Referring to the lychee, people often think about Luc Ngan lychee, Bac Giang lychee; however, Thanh Ha or Hai Duong lychee is the best one. Thanh Ha is surrounded by two large rivers, Red River and Thai Binh River. Beyond that, with fertile soils, rich in nutrients and an abundance of water resources, this land is really suitable for growing litchi. Lychee is also the pride of Thanh Ha land for bringing income to the local people.

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Sapodilla

Chau Thanh district is on the banks of the river so this land is for growing fruit trees. One of the specialties here is Sapodilla. In fact, taking care of this plant is quite simple, not too laborious and laborious but you can harvest them all year round. It is a big fruit with beautiful shape and sweet fragrant meat inside. This kind of fruit is used to be made smoothie, a favorite and nutritious drink in Vietnam cuisine.

The last one is Tangerine in Lai Vung. With the fresh and succulent cloves, Tangerine has created its own brand near and far. The best harvest season is also near the Lunar New Year, yellow tangerine fruits swinging sway in the sunshine. Pink tangerine also has the same nutritional value as other citrus fruits. Nothing can be better than enjoying the fruit in the garden, spoiled for choice the most delicious, succulent ones. This is also the highlight of these gardens attracting lots of visitors.

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Tangerines

Hopefully, this information is useful for tourists who intend to have Vietnam culinary tours.

Some delicious dishes that you have to try when coming to Saigon

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Saigon – the biggest financial and commercial center of Vietnam is the lodging of an abundance of people coming from all regions. That contributes to a diverse cuisine of this land. Today, we would like to introduce you guys some well-known and delicious dishes in Saigon with our Vietnam culinary tour.

Broken rice

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Broken rice is one of the delicious dishes in Saigon

Being in the first place on the list is broken rice which is originated in the South of Vietnam. This is one of the best dishes in Saigon and very popular to most Saigoners. Thus it is said to be an integral part of Saigon from the past until now. People living in this city can eat this dish all day from breakfast to dinner. It is even the perfect choice for late night meals, especially for those who have to work overnight.

A plate full of rice with many things will make you overwhelmed. The grilled ribs with a layer of fat cover the cooked rice are extremely eye-catching. The dish looks more attractive with eggs, sausage and a little bit of sour. The buyers also add some golden fried onions depending on your taste. Surely that you will be craving to eat with just a glimpse.

Not only delicious and healthy, broken rice also brings a special taste that visitors will never forget once having a try. The most highlighted one of this dish is a cup of fish sauce with some sliced carrots, chopped red chilly and garlic. Beyond that, the marinated meat carefully grilled on the charcoal with the fragrance spreading for miles is also one of the reasons making visitors love broken rice.

The price of a plate ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 VND. There are many food stalls selling this dish in Saigon. However you can pay a visit to some street food stalls in Nguyen Tri Phuong, An Duong Vuong, Xo Viet Nghe Tinh,…to enjoy the tasty broken rice with the quite cheap prize.

Saigon waterfall fried chicken

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Waterfall fried chicken rice different from any other rice

Waterfall fried chicken rice is also a considerable dish for your culinary tour in Saigon. You will be surprised since the chicken in this dish does not like any ordinary one that you have ever eaten. It is fried in hot oil by a waterfall fryer. The pieces of chicken still remain the flavor, softness, and ripeness, especially since they are not too ripe nor dry. The skin is crispy in combination with the soft meat inside. This dish much better when eaten with little lettuce, some slices of cucumber and spicy soy sauce. Some visitors coming to Saigon and eating this food have to admit that it is extremely delicious, even no less than Saigon broken rice. There are some kinds of chicken fried with different tastes for you to choose from. And one more thing, do not forget to order a cup of seaweed soup cooked with chopped pork. Its prize is from 45,000 to 60,000 VND for a person. You can drop by 402 Tran Phu, Ward 7, District 5; 1067 – 1069 Hoang Sa, Ward 11, District 3; ….

Trang Bang soup

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Trang Bang soup originated from Tay Ninh

Another food that cannot be missed on your food tour in Saigon is Trang Bang soup. This soup is originated from Tay Ninh Province. However, it rapidly becomes the indispensable dish of the people in Saigon. Not only the local people, the foreign visitors also love this dish and want to enjoy this when coming here.

Trang Bang soup is a Vietnamese rice noodle soup. The highlight of this soup is the broth. It is usually cooked from pork bones, pork legs, and other vegetables like carrot, daikon. The sweetness of these stewed bone and vegetable is the key to this dish. To have the best bowls of this soup. Sometimes they can add squid, shrimp depending on the need of clients. The thick noodle after soaking in boiling water will be served with the flavorful broth and plenty of toppings.

To enjoy Trang Bang soup you can come to Hoang Ty (No. 70 – 72 Vo Van Tan, Ward 6, District 3), or Ut Dung (No. 441 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Ward 8, District 10), or Co Ba (No. 269 – 271 Hoang Sa, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1), and so on.

These are some favorite dishes in Saigon that you must try. Hope that you will have an exciting food exploring in Saigon with our Vietnam culinary tour.

Specialties in Southwest of Vietnam cuisine

Due to its topographic and economic characteristics, southwest of Vietnamese cuisine has been created by the river’s waterways, where the main food source is rice, fish, and vegetables. A unique feature that you cannot ignore when taking part in Vietnam food tour.

Southwest land of Vietnam is the place where both people and nature are so rustic and simple. This reflects clearly on their cuisine. Today, Vietnam food tour will introduce you to some must-eat dishes in this land. Once trying the southeast delicacies, surely that you cannot forget.

Mekong Delta cuisine mixed with river

Those who have lived in the Mekong Delta or the southwest will not forget the familiar taste of freshly caught snakehead fish in the field, crispy pancakes roll in the garden, or bowl or sour soup bowl only found in the floating season.

The dishes of southeast people ingrain in the visitors’ mind with its special flavor, the harmony between the sour, salty and sweet taste.

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Western delicious dishes in a meal with beef squeezed salad, pancake rolls of vegetables, sour soup fish.

Each dish is presented like a little wind from the lotus pond, the smell of plants in the garden through the nose, through the ears.

It also comes with many vegetables. Especially, there are some specialties leaves such as sesame leaves, wild vegetables, when you eat with them fried dishes, they will leave a fresh sour taste.

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Salad of dried fish with cherry leaves from the garden

Grilled dishes with a delicious fresh taste

The soul of southwest delicacies lies in the raw materials, simple processing, it is not too picky but still retains the freshness of fish meat, vegetables.

Dishes with the harmony of river fish, garden-raised chicken, vegetables planted in ponds is always in the meals of each farmer family. These dishes are associated with the childhood of those who were or are living there.

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Grilled chicken with salt grains

Two of the southwest favorites are beef and chicken. The meat is marinated well, wrapped in banana leaf then baked till it gets a golden color. These leaves will be an indispensable ingredient mixed with the fresh sweet taste of meat and make the dish more delicious. Meat still remains tender, when you bite it, surely you cannot stop another bite.

Fresh items with young lotus leaves

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Young lotus leaves are characteristic food in the Dong Thap Muoi

The young lotus leaves after being picked and washed will be served with grilled fish, wild vegetables, and tamarind sauce. The crispness of grilled fish and the freshness of raw vegetable is unforgettable.

The southeast people prefer to enjoy fried fish as well since it is crunchy and fragrant. Fresh sweet fried fish which is rolled with green vegetables, sliced green young banana, fresh noodles all are placed in the thin layer of the lotus leave. Then add a little pepper garlic sauce, spicy hot pepper, they will make your dish more attractive and contemplating. Day by day this become one of the specialties in Vietnamese cuisine.

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Fried fish with wild vegetables and lotus leaves

Vegetable boil served with special sauce

From a very rustic dish with simple ingredients, this dish has appeared in many famous restaurants. This simply includes a mixture of fish sauce, sugar, pepper, pineapple, the onion that is cooked under a small fire, after a while, until it turns to the golden brown color and fragrant. Diners can eat with rice or take a piece of fried rice and quickly soak it into that sauce.

If you want to try the more “modern” style, the chef can add shrimp, dried fat. You can eat it with noodles and vegetables to verify your meals when you take part in Vietnam culinary tour.

Grilled mouse with salt

This dish is a specialty in Mekong Delta cuisine. Each harvest season, the field is full of smoked and have many mice. The mouse that is favored in the restaurant is “rice mice”. That means the mice have eaten rice after harvest.

The fat mice will be well prepared (cleaned of fuzz, removed feet, head) then soaked in salt water and vinegar several times to remove the smell.

This dish does not require many ingredients. The main one is mice meat – it is enough. After being chopped, seasoned with chili, sugar, and spices, they will be roasted on the charcoal stove. However, in the rural area, the locals like to use the straws to bake it. Mice meat will have the golden color, the fragrance, sweetness, and softness just like chicken. You can taste it when you take part in Vietnam food tour to the southeast.

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Southwest people favor this dish and also named “chicken roasted with salt pepper

OVERWHELMING WITH MUI NE SPECIAl FOOD

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Mui Ne – Phan Thiet is one of the most unique tourist destinations in Vietnam, where you have just been immersed in fascinating beaches, experienced the desert on the vast sand dunes.

Mui Ne is also traveling spot known by a huge number of foreign people. It is attractive to tourists not only by its beautiful scenery but also its special cuisine. The following are the top Mui Ne specialties which we should not miss out

Dishes from Basilisk

When being asked what we should eat when taking Mui Ne tours, people often think of seafood dishes. However, there are some delicious, cheap and attractive dishes in Mui Ne, the land of sandy beach with sun and wind. These dishes were made from the basilisk, a reptile living in the sand. Basilisk is quite similar to lizards in larger and longer size. They mainly eat young shoots and drink night dew, so their meat is very sweet.

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Grilled basilisk

Locals can process basilisk in seven different ways such as grilling, steaming, and so on. Each way of the process makes distinctive tastes. As the experience of tourists who had tried Mui Ne Vietnam cuisine many times, grilled basilisk dipping chili salt would be the best, especially when eaten and drunk with rice wine.

When having Mui Ne food tour, tourists can drop in Vietnam Home restaurant at 125B Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Phan Thiet city to have the food from basilisk. You will satisfy with their food as well as the price of it.

Seafood hot pot

Reaching the land of seas, it will be a big regret if we do not enjoy hot pots whose main ingredients are various kinds of fish. The broth has the sweet taste of some fresh fishes, fresh vegetables and the sour flavor of star fruit or tamarind. It is commonly combined with vermicelli, spinach.

The interesting point of Mui Ne hot pot is that all the ingredients are put in the cover of banana flowers. When eating, you just select what you want to eat and then pour the broth into your bowl.

Seahorse Bistro, at 11 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ham Tien, Mui Ne, a restaurant often offering this special hot pot for Mui Ne food tours, is a place for seafood fans.

Tapioca cake

Tapioca cake was made from tapioca flour and some ingredients such as shrimps, pork, bean, … depending on eaters’ preferable fillings.

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Tapioca cake

The sweet dipping sauce seems to be an important element of the tapioca cake.  If visitors try them without the sauce, its taste likes no flavor.

It is easy for you to find this delicious and cheap dish from food streets to restaurants on your Mui Ne culinary tours.

Fried snakehead wrapped in rice paper

Cookers do not use any fried flour to make the fish crunchy, so when we fry the raw fish without scraping blisters as a way of processing usually do, it looks delicious and eye-catching. You should enjoy this dish with rice paper, vermicelli, raw vegetables, green bananas, star fruits and peanut spicy sauce.

On making the experience with  Mui Ne tours, let come to AH restaurant at 17 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Mui Ne to enjoy cheap and strange specialties.

Herring salad

There are many famous kinds of salad in each region of Vietnam such chicken salad in the North, papaya salad in the South, etc. Phan Thiet is also famous for its own salad, herring salad. This fish salad is one of the most attractive and famous salad tourists must eat on the tour to Phan Thiet.

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Herring salad

To make the best fish salad, people often choose fresh and big herrings. When processing, they scrap its blisters, head, tail, and bone. After about a half of hours in ice, herrings become fresher and harder. The combination of carrots, onion, hot mints, chili, garlic, peanuts, green banana, and herring bring an appetizing flavor to the salad. The peanut spicy sauce and rice paper are also factors help this dish become much better. For those who love sour, you can add star fruits.

Mui Ne cuisine is always highlighted attraction to domestic and international visitors. Let start your journey to the land of the sea to explore its beauty.

Finally, we hope that with these delicious dishes you guys will have an unforgettable food trip to Mui Ne this summer.

Explore a traditional hotpot of Vietnam – Mam hotpot

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Mam Hotpot – a traditional dish of Saigon day tours has long been a favorite dish for many people because of its taste which is very delicious, salty enough and its fragrance that can make you hungry from a distance. Mam hotpot is made up of rotten pork, fish, squid, shrimp … and especially hotpot is one of the few hot pot dishes can be combined with a dozen vegetables.

Here are some suggestions for you to enjoy the best Mam hotpot

1/ Mam hotpot of Vy Restaurant:

If you are looking for a clean place to eat and drink, or you do not like to sit in a crowded place, Vy Restaurant is definitely the right place to go.

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The menu of Vy Restaurant

The cooker of the Hotpot is a magnetic cooker hot pot, so you keep the peace of mind about safety when eating here with Saigon day tours. The price of a large pot of hotspot is 320,000 dong, and a small pot of hotspot is about 210, 000 dong. If you come here in a group of 2-3 people, you should order a small hotpot, because it is generally a small hot pot of Quan Vy is nearly a big hot pot in other restaurants.

If you go alone, you cannot finish a pot of hot pot, then you should order a bowl of Mam noodle to enjoy. This is an ideal restaurant for a Saigon food tour.

There is also a salad dish made of raw fish and vegetables and spring rolls which are quite good, so after eating a pot of hot pot, you are also recommended to try these two dishes.

2/ Mam hotpot of Ngoc Hanh Restaurant:

With only 350, 000 dong, you can have a large pot of hot pot for 4-6 people and still ensure full and satisfied.

Mam hot pot here cooked in the right Southwest flavor with aromatic sauce, a little salty that make its smell saved in your mouth.

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Lots of meat are served to eat with Mam hotpot

A hotspot (usually 350,000 Dong) consists of a large Lang fish, squid, shrimp, snails, beef and so on. The Mam hotpot with Lang fish is fatter then with Loc fish, but the smell is better than hotpot cooked with other river fishes.

About the space, this new restaurant is very clean, cool and comfortable since the number of guests coming is still not many. The food would be served quite quickly after being ordered. The staffs are thoughtful and enthusiastic. It is very convenient for you to invite friends to come here.

3/ Nam Bo Mam Hotpot – Cao Thang

A large pot of Mam hotpot is 290, 000 dong. It consists of chili with chopped fish, fresh fish, beef, pork, squid, and shrimp.

Many people admit that the hot pot at the restaurant is quite sweet, but actually, it is not. When the broth is boiled up, the salty taste of the sauce will match with the sweetness, at that time Mam hotpot is extremely delicious.

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Mam hotpot in Nam Bo Restaurant

To enjoy Mam hotpot, the vegetable is an important part that cannot be missed, so that the restaurant has a priority of free vegetables when you call for more, even many times.

4/ Phong Lan Mam hotpot restaurant:

The restaurant is in district 9, near the BCR playground complex. If after a day of fun with games makes you tired, come by Phong Lan Restaurant and enjoy a Mam hot pot with fresh vegetables to recharge energy and enjoy a good meal. This is the perfect restaurant for a Saigon day tour for family.

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A rich plate of vegetable in Phong Lan Restaurant

Mam hot pot here included much fresh seafood such as shrimp, squid, fresh fish, snails, beef … all of them are full of nutritious and delicious.

Especially, this restaurant has a special Mam hot pot with crayfish, its price is quite expensive, about 600,000 Dong, but it is very delicious, unique and attractive.

5/ Mam hotpot on Dien Bien Phu Street:

Only open from 16 hours to 21 pm but this Mam hotpot stall on Dien Bien Phu street without signs and decorating pieces of stuff picking up a lot of customers from a Saigon group tour thanks to its distinctive flavor and unique sauce.

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A pot of Mam hotpot on Dien Bien Phu Street

The Mam hot pot stall was opened from 1995 and until now its taste is not changed, still rich in fishes, meat, and vegetables, although the price increase quite fast. It still remains the taste of the first day. On Saigon rainy days, although selling on the pavement, the stall is still crowded. The warm pot of hot pot with charcoal inside keeps the flavor better and longer.

A small pot is about 150,000 dong with lots of food, attached is a plate of octopus and beef, inside the pot of hot pot has added fish, pork skin, eel and so on. Vegetables are also very rich, making many people of the Southwest miss their hometown.

Find something special in Saigon through peaceful alleys

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When you are outside the big streets in Saigon, you can find many shops, restaurants, or shopping places easily. You might wonder where to go in Saigon. Then give it a try to some of the unique alleys that a few people know about. This will be an extremely interesting experience for you.

In Saigon, there are many zigzag alleyways, winding but very unique, you can easily find a place which is the combination of restaurants, coffee shops, fashion shops, etc. or a small alley that has a diversity of the culinary world in the heart of Saigon. In this writing, you can find the most famous alley in Saigon.

Celeb alley

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Celeb alley

Situated on 59 Nguyen Du, next to the City Post Office, Celeb alley is one of the most beautiful alleys for you to take photographs in Saigon due to its pretty blue color. This blue wall was first painted by an Indian café when they just transferred here. From 3 to 4 years ago, almost every day there are a lot of young people gathered together here to take pictures. There is no place to squeeze at the weekend. Therefore, this alley is a suitable spot for your Saigon group tours at every weekend.

Not only teens but also celebrities like models, singers, actors have used to take pictures here. So this can be said this is the alley taken by many famous people in Saigon. This place is worth being a spot in your list of destinations on your south Vietnam group tours, right?

“Lazy Lane” – all in one

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Lazy Alley

The next point we want to introduce to you is the 158 alleys on Pasteur Street District 1. Many people commented that they can come here continuously for 4 to 6 times a week as they will never get bored. This alley is a gathering place for eating, coffee all night long and even shopping. This makes many people choose it as their nightly gathering point in their Saigon group tours.

The alley is quite dark, so many people do not notice and just passing by. But inside this alley, there are many interesting shops.

 This alley is made up of a small road, which separates the two old apartment buildings. Although it is not a long alley, along two sides and above two apartments in the buildings offer a restaurant, a pretty coffee shop and two fashion shops. Especially in front of the alley, there is a coffee shop opening all night, which is an ideal meeting place for many young Saigon.

This “lazy” alley is well known to many foreigners because it is located in the center of the city and it also has a famous Vietnamese restaurant in the building. For young people, this alley is enough for them to have a super lazy late at night.

This place is quite old and gathering many unique cafes in Saigon. Beside you can find here interlaced three restaurants and a lot of fashion shops. Because of the beautiful scene in the classic style, this place is also a top destination for you to take wonderful pictures.

Meditation alley

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An Tu pagoda in Meditation alley

 Listen to the name pretty strange right? The reason for this name is that there are five different temples in this alley. Besides, most of the people in this area are Buddhist, so gradually people around the area give the name of this alley as meditation alley.

You might find it very strange that this alley has so many temples. The reason is that according to local people, the land around the alleyway 498 Le Quang Dinh has been said by many monks that it is precious and rare land. Because of that, before the liberation of the country, not only many temples were built here, but ordinary people also like to rent or buy a house here even this area is not located near the center a bit.

Unlike crowded, noisy and busy traffic in the big roads of the city, when entering the alley 498, you can suddenly felt tranquil and cool.

The above unique three alleys are must-go destinations in your group tour in Saigon. Give it a try, you will like it for sure.

Explore what you can buy in Weekend Markets in Saigon

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If you ever try to take a South Vietnam group tours, you might want to go to Weekend Markets in Saigon to experience one of the unique events in this active city. In this writing, you will find the most popular and famous events at the weekend of this city. Give it a try.

The New District

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The New District

If you are wondering where to go in Southern Vietnam, the new district is definitely the event that you do not want to miss. The name must be mentioned first is “New District” – a newly established event that brings the new wind of youth to Saigon. The New District Market is organized weekly at Cargo Event Space (formerly Cargo Bar). Located in the most favorable location in District 4, this market takes you only 30 seconds from the center of the city. This is a fair gathering all the names familiar to young people on social networks such as Nosbyn, The Blue T-Shirt, Heverly, Urbanista, Pop Birdy, etc.

The New District invests heavily in inviting well-known DJs to play music to help people shop in an excited mood as possible. In addition, the fair also has shooting area that is really attractive to many young people. This area is decorated with white balloons making the interior of the house becomes a bit darker and shimmer.

The minus in New District is that this is a former bar area, so space is pretty tight and cluttered, especially in case of too many people gathering in one place. The price here is not too cheap, because most of them are the famous fashion shop.

  • Location: Cargo Bar, 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City.

Hello Weekend Market

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Hello Weekend Market

The second event you need to go to have the best group tours in Vietnam is Hello Weekend Market. It can be considered as one of the earliest weekend shows in Saigon and is the gathering place for many popular brands such as All ‘Bout Him, Dottie, Libé, Liti Warehouse, Floral Punk, etc. Located right in the Hoa Lu stadium, the area is very spacious. Plus the advantages of the most sold items are easy to wear, easy to buy at moderate prices, whoever comes to Hello Weekend can earn themselves at least one item at home.

The furniture is quite diverse, from clothing, accessories, cosmetics to decorations.

And, of course, not out of the flow, Hello Weekend Market has also “invested” a whole area for you to have the most beautiful pictures.

However, the point deducted here is due to overcrowding so the Hello Weekend is always in the heat, cramped. Not to mention, the status of pickpockets often occurs. In addition, the parking lot is often in full swing, going into quite a new stadium, and then having to walk a long walk to the fairground.

Overcrowding is a common occurrence.

  • Location: Hoa Lu Stadium, No. 4 Dinh Tien Hoang, District 1.

Saigon Flea Market

This is considered as the oldest fair in Saigon. Established in 2011, Saigon Flea Market has been an indispensable name when it comes to fairs in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam in general. This is also the first and only show now has its own website, updated full information about the time of organization, how to register to host the booth, news articles on the fair, etc.

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Saigon Flea Market

Although located quite far from the city center (District 7), it still an attractive destination for Saigon people. In the midst of the current wave of mushroom fairs, Flea Market always retains its own personality. Thanks to the reasonable price, this place is still in the top of weekend’s market in Saigon and becomes an ideal destination for those having Vietnam group tours when they go to Saigon.

However, setting up a booth for each booth without the tent for the whole fair makes the space quite hot, especially when guests have to move from one booth to another with no cover. Choosing District 7 as the venue can only serve the young people in the neighborhood, because of the sun in Saigon that makes a number of people ominous in the distant county.

  • Location: 107 Ton Dat Tien, Phu My Hung, District 7

Saigon Urban Flea Market

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Saigon Urban Flea Market

Located at Saigon Outcast, a familiar place of young people in Thao Dien, District 2, Saigon, Urban Flea Market has become a pocket address for anyone who wants to have a sale or rare items. Get yourself into the shopping atmosphere to find the interesting experience in Vietnam.

The fair is characterized by art space of “urban”, spacious, airy, close to nature. Coming to this place, you will get “lost” by the handmade items that are unique, vintage and retro direction or you can exchange new and old items that are still used well. You can even enjoy live music parties played by bands, culinary favors.

And you can also make friends with a lot of interesting Western friends because the main guests of the fair are the foreigners living in the region.

A difference compared to the fairs, and also the inconvenience of this place is the entrance fee with the price of VND 20,000 / person. In addition, the location of District 2 is quite far, unless you like it here, rarely anyone bears to go by motorcycle in the sun between the highways to get there.

  • Location: 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien, District 2