A to Z guide for a Mekong Delta Trip (P3)


Must try food

For those who are looking to get a taste of the local culture, cuisine in the Mekong can be quite interesting. Local favorites include:

– Tropical fruits: Mekong Delta is not only famous with rice but also tropical fruits as the majority of Vietnam’s fruits come from the many orchards of the Mekong Delta. Visitors can enjoy the seasonal fruits all round year. The real treat is the price of fruit here. Some suggestions for visiting Mekong Delta fruit orchards: Phong Dien orchards (Can Tho), Cai Be (Tien Giang), Tan Quy (Tra Vinh), Tam Binh (Vinh Long), Cho Lach (Ben Tre) with the famous brands of fruits like Vinh Kim star apples, tangerine Cai Be, Vinh Long grapefruit, Cai Mon durian, Hoa Loc mangoes, Hau Giang oranges… The region offers some of the world’s most interesting eco-tours of rice paddies, fruit orchards, flower growers, and riverbeds. Taking tours in this area supports the local economy and encourages responsible environmental stewardship.

Elephant’s Ear Fish via Quan oc Minh Huong Quan 11

– Elephant’s Ear Fish: You’ll find Elephant’s Ear Fish as a speciality dish in the Mekong Delta. So-called because of its appearance, the lightly fried, crispy fish is served upright, with its scales and teeth still attached and a flower in its mouth. You assemble a spring roll yourself with the fish meat and herbs.

– Coconut candy in Ben Tre: Coconut candy is not only a specialty but also a traditional handcraft product of Ben Tre Province. Food artisans in Ben Tre have created and developed the technique of making coconut candies. For a long time, coconut candies have become a major commodity which bring economic benefits as well as introduce Ben Tre food cuisine to the outside world.

– Steamed coconut rice in Ben Tre: Vietnamese at least once listen to the song: “Who is standing in the charming posture of a coconut tree Her hair is flying in the breeze?”

– Pia Cake in Soc Trang: Coming to Soc Trang, tourists not only have chance to take part in bustling festival but also enjoy specialties of three ethnic: Kinh, Hoa and Khmer.

– Grilled “climbing” fish in An Giang: Two branches of Mekong Delta have brought An Giang rich and abundant source of fish among which “climbing” fish are the most delicious ones with toned flesh and tasty crunch. “Climbing” fish are most available in August and September.

– Purple Tet Cake in Can Tho: Purple Tet Cake is one of the most colorful and beautiful cakes in Vietnam Cuisine. Its outside appearance is quite similar to other kinds of Tet cakes; however, its inside is absolutely gets you amazed.

– Hu Tieu My Tho Originating as an age-old Chinese noodle soup, Hu tieu My Tho was changed to suit My Tho people’s taste and became a famous dish in both the north and the south. The main ingredients of Hu Tieu My Tho are meat, pig’s intestine, pig liver, sliced barbecue pork, dried shrimp, noodles and broth but the feature to distinguish Hu Tieu My Tho from Hu Tieu Nam Vang (Cambodia Kuy teav), Hu Tieu Tau (Chinese noodle soup).

– Snake: For the more adventurous try snake. This local delicacy tastes, believe it or not, a lot like chicken. What makes it interesting though is the wide range of dishes that can be produced from the animal such as “thit con ran” which is snake blood mixed with rice wine.

Banh Bo via Blog travel

– Banh Bo: These tiny rice flour and tapioca cakes are not unique to Vietnam, however the Delta puts a special twist on them by sweetening them with coconuts, sweet potato, sweet onions and mint.

– Ca Kho To: This speciality of Can Tho consists of sea bass caramelized in a clay pot served with steamed rice and clear soup. Simple, yet delicious.

– Bun Rieu: Again, this dish can be found throughout Vietnam, and in some variation in neighboring countries. However, in the Delta this dish is served with a wider range of choices than usual. Choose from soft shell crabs, prawns, fish and the ubiquitous blood pudding. Combined with the freshest vegetables you’ll ever find and it’s a mouth watering surprise.

In general, the Mekong Delta is truly a unique experience, unlike anywhere in Vietnam. One of the most attractive features of the Mekong is the local hospitality. Whether you want to come and discover a charming river town or enjoy the most fascinating landscapes in Vietnam, the Mekong Delta will never make you disappointed. A camera is a must in your pre-departure list when travelling to this land.

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