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Must-eat Vietnamese foods in coastal Phan Thiet

Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 13:19 GMT+7
Must-eat Vietnamese foods in coastal Phan Thiet
A dish of ‘rang muc nuong sa te’ (grilled squid beak with shacha sauce) is served in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

Apart from the gorgeous white sand dunes and breathtaking coastal routes, Phan Thiet City in Binh Thuan Province also entices travelers with its exquisite delicacies.

Phan Thiet, a coastal city in Vietnam located approximately 210 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, attracts tourists with its deep blue sea, white sand dunes, and golden sunshine.

Notable attractions include Bau Trang White Sand Dunes, Ong Dia Rock Beach, Mui Ne Fishing Village, and more.

This is also a place where visitors will be surprised by the rich cuisine, with dishes such as ‘muc mot nang Phan Thiet’ (Phan Thiet sun-dried squid), ‘rang muc’ (squid beak), ‘cha rang muc’ (squid beak patties), ‘mi quang vit’ (noodle soup with duck meat), ‘banh can’ (mini Vietnamese pancakes), ‘cha cuon ca trich’ (herring spring rolls), flan cakes, and ‘lau tha Phan Thiet’ hotpot.

People eat ‘banh can’ at night at a vendor stall in Phan Thiet City, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

People eat ‘banh can’ at night at a vendor stall in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

Each appetizing food in this coastal land will provide visitors with amazing experiences due not only to its unique flavor, but also to the friendliness of the locals.

Available all day in Phan Thiet, 'banh can’ are prepared from a white mixture of rice powder that is poured into a pan made of pottery and placed on a coal stove.

‘Muc mot nang Phan Thiet’ is made from bigfin reef squid found in the local sea.

A dish of ‘muc mot nang Phan Thiet’ (Phan Thiet sun-dried squid) in Phan Thiet City, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

A dish of ‘muc mot nang Phan Thiet’ (Phan Thiet sun-dried squid) in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

This delicacy's name reflects its procedure, as ‘muc mot nang’ signifies that it will be sun-dried for only one day.

After being caught, the squid will be washed, the skin and innards will be removed, and the squid will be exposed to the sun from morning till afternoon.

The crispness, freshness, and sweetness of each thread in 'muc mot nang Phan Thiet' leave diners with an unforgettable taste.

‘Lau tha Phan Thiet’ is a rustic delicacy produced with fresh, easy-to-find ingredients, resulting in a flavorful, inexpensive dish.

A ‘lau tha’ hotpot is served in Phan Thiet City, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

A ‘lau tha’ hotpot is served in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

‘Lau tha Phan Thiet’ is distinguished from other forms of hotpot by its harmonious and attractive presentation.

Phan Thiet's native white sardine, pork, fried eggs, cucumber, and banana blossoms are included in a set of hotpot ingredients.

‘Cha cuon ca trich’ is cooked using herring and jicama, two locally available ingredients.

‘Cha cuon ba Dung’ is a 40-year-old stall in Phan Thiet serving a peanut sauce that cannot be found anywhere else.

A ‘cha cuon ca trich’ is served in Phan Thiet City, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

A ‘cha cuon ca trich’ is served in Phan Thiet City, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

Grilled squid beak with chili salt, grilled squid beak with shacha sauce, and steamed squid beak are all exquisite dishes of the squid portion that appears to be thrown.

Skewered squid beaks are being grilled at a stall in Phan Thiet City, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

Skewered squid beaks are grilled at a stall in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

Locals in Phan Thiet have masterfully transformed it into a crunchy, flavorful meal that visitors will cherish forever.

‘Cha rang muc’ are created by dipping squid beaks in flour, placing them in a pan of hot oil, and frying them until crisp.

This exquisite specialty is typically dipped in a fiery, crispy chili sauce.

Squid beak patties are being fried at a stall in Phan Thiet City, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

Squid beak patties are fried at a stall in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

Different from ‘mi Quang,' a noodle specialty of the central province of Quang Nam, ‘mi quang vit’ in Phan Thiet is still obscure to many people.

However, ‘mi quang vit’ is a local hit in the coastal city with sweet broth and tender duck meat.

A bowl of ‘mi Quang vit’ (Quang noodles with duck meat) in Phan Thiet City, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

A bowl of ‘mi quang vit’ (noodle soup with duck meat) in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

Flan cakes from the Mong Cam stand in Phan Thiet is well known for its sweet, milky flavor, and the stall's pleasant atmosphere.

This location is renowned as the best flan pastry shop in the city, probably not just because of its deliciousness, but also the unique atmosphere created by the stall's decor.

A dish of flan cake at Mong Cam stall in Phan Thiet City, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

A flan cake at the Mong Cam stall in Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Ha Manh / Tuoi Tre

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