Spade fish salad, pho fish, grilled squid teeth… are famous dishes that you cannot miss when visiting this well-known sea city. Let us start this food journey to Phan Thiet to know more about the Best Vietnamese Food.
Spade fish salad (Gỏi cá mai)
These fish are abundant in the China sea near the middle of Vietnam. Its shape is similar to Long-jawed anchovy but there is are silver fish scales and these fish have no blood so they do not smell at all. Preparing this dish is quite simple, but very flavorful which is why we can call it one of the Best Vietnamese Food. First, you clean the fish and remove the scales, cut off the head and tail, use a knife to dissect the fillet, remove the bone, and cook the fish briefly in vinegar or lemon juice. The vegetables are varied: sliced carrot, shallot, basil, minced laksa leaves, roasted peanuts… Next, you can mix all the ingredients together, add a little bit of fish sauce with lemon, garlic and chillies… Finally, you can adjust the taste and enjoy the salad with rice paper. This is a great salad and well worth a trip to Phan Thiet just to enjoy this flavourful dish.
Deep fried loi fish in pork grease (cá lồi xối mỡ)
This is such a simple dish with just one steamed Loi fish with rice paper and yet it isalways the very first dish to appear on the menu’s in Phan Thiet. One tip for the food lovers, you should only choose those fish that weight from 1 to 2 kilogram. They have the best flavors. If your going to prepare the food then First, you use the knife to shave off the grease and crush the citronella. Next, you need to remove all the fish guts, wash it with salt water. Third, slice the fish then steam it. Fourth, fry the minced spring onions. Finally, when you serve the dish, you can put the fish on a plate, pour grease and onion on top, sprinkle some roasted peanuts and eat with rice paper, vegetables and sauce. This is a traditional seafood dish, and it is so delicious and fresh. It’s well worth taking some time to try when you go to visit Phan Thiet.
Căn Cakes (Bánh căn)
Căn cakes are made using many different flavors or styles including shrimp, meat, and green bean. The miniature fried cake has shrimp on the surface of the cake. People here have many sauces to enjoy Căn Cakes like sweet fish sauce, seasoning sauce or broth with peanuts and they usually eat it with herbs. It’s another simple, but flavorful dish that is healthy and easy to eat.
Grilled squid teeth (răng mực nướng)
You may be surprised by the main ingredients but we guarantee once you try grilled squid teeth (răng mực nướng), you will understand why it should be on your list of Best Vietnamese Food. The cook will grill, fry or stir fry, depending on what you like, but anyway you eat it, the grilled squid teeth will quickly become one of your favorite things about Phan Thiet.
Grilled Vietnamese iguana (dông đất nướng)
In Phan Thiet, the most famous restaurant is on Nguyễn Đình Chiểu street named Viet Nam Home and this place serves one very famous dish. It is called grilled Vietnamese iguana (dông đất nướng). Once you taste it, you would understand why it is one of our Best Vietnamese Foods. Besides grilling you can try other delicious variations such as: Vietnamese iguana sausage, salad or porridge. They are all delicious and unforgettable.
How do you feel? There’s many amazing foods in my country, especially in this beach city, right? If you love the beach and are visiting Vietnam choose this city as your destination. And enjoy some squid teeth and grilled iguana, how could you ever live with yourself if you went home without trying at least one of those. Hope you will have an amazing time with family and friends in my lovely country.