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Vietnam’s Mekong Delta delicacies hold on to tourists

Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 15:05 GMT+7
Vietnam’s Mekong Delta delicacies hold on to tourists
Chicken grilled with kaffir lime leaves, which is famous in the Seven Mountains region in An Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: By courtesy of An Giang Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism

Food is among the things that make An Giang Province in the Mekong Delta region attractive to tourists in and outsidde Vietnam. 

Chau Doc City in the province, some 182 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, is known as a land of mam, or fermented seafood paste.

Lau mam, or fermented fish hotpot, has become one of the most sought-after dishes in the city.

Visitors can easily find a truly traditional fermented seafood sauce hotpot at all restaurants there. 

Moreover, Chau Doc's bun ca (fish rice noodle soup) has recently become popular with locals and tourists.

Some well-known restaurants include Bay Bong 1 and 2, Truong Phat, Co May, and Ha Gia fermented seafood sauce hotpot.

A bowl of fish rice noodles. Photo: An Giang Department of Culture, Sports, Tourism

A bowl of 'bun ca' in Chau Doc City, An Giang Province, located in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Photo: By courtesy of An Giang Department of Culture, Sports, Tourism

On Cam Mountain in Tinh Bien Town, tourists are recommended to have a bite of banh xeo (Vietnamese sizzling crepes) served with wild vegetables.

More than ten kinds of forest vegetables that are picked from the mountain are available all year round, but they are more abundant in the coming rainy season.

In addition, this place also has flavorsome seasonal fresh specialties with fruits in the dry season and forest vegetables, bamboo shoots, and mushrooms in the rainy season.

Foodies should also try the Khmer people’s chicken dish grilled with kaffir lime leaves.

This is a specialty in Tri Ton District. The way chicken is grilled and the flavor of the leaves will entice visitors back to An Giang. 

Tourists can enjoy banh canh tep, or rice flour-based noodle soup topped with shrimp, at the Ong Thoai lake bed tourist area in Sap Mountain Town in Thoai Son District. 

Furthermore, Cham ethnic villages in the province serve various delicious dishes.

Among them is Chau Phong beef rice. The dish is only sold in the morning.

The unique processing method keeping the freshness of beef surprises and satisfies diners.

An Giang Province’s beef rice has long become an unforgettable out-of-this-world dish.

Tung lo mo (the Cham’s beef Chinese sausage) is not a strange dish to tourists who love food.

Unlike other beef Chinese sausages elsewhere, the Cham people have their own distinctive traditional recipe, using a little leftover rice to create a sour taste.

Other delicacies are banh bo thot not (steamed palm sugar rice cake) and various dishes using ca linh (cyprinid fish that is bountiful in the floating season) as the main ingredient.

Tasty and eye-catching steamed palm sugar rice cakes. Photo: An Giang Department of Culture, Sports, Tourism

Tasty and eye-catching steamed palm sugar rice cakes. Photo: By courtesy of An Giang Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism

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