Cuisine in Phan Thiet

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Sensing flavors of Phan Thiet Seafood

Sensing flavors of Phan Thiet Seafood
Phan Thiet City is famous for its stunning beaches, white sand dunes and many tourist attractions. It has also gained a reputation for its cuisine, especially seafood specialties, and for its trademark fish sauce.
Muc mot nang is fresh squid that has been dried in the sun for one day. The squid, grilled with chilies and lemon and served in fish sauce, is available anywhere in the city but one of the best places to try this tasty specialty is Cay Bang Restaurant.
Another local favorite is steamed bo hom fish, nicknamed “Thiet giap bien” (sea armour) because of its square shape and the patterns on its body. It is sweet, juicy and nutritious, especially when combined with the flavors of aromatic herbs, salty fish sauce and sweet Phu Long griddle cake. Revelers can enjoy bo hom at many of the eateries on Pham Van Dong Street along Ca Ty River.

While steamed bo hom fish is typically a low-priced dish, steamed mu fish, mixed with fravegetables and fish sauce prepared with lemon, sugar, garlic and chilies, is more expensive and provides high nutrition. Toan Duong Restaurant near Doi Duong beach and Sao Bien Restaurant are two of the more popular venues for this dish.
Mai Fish Salad
Mai Fish Salad
There is a dish best "Phan Thiet" and is extremely attractive fish salad ( Cá Mai) is sure not everyone was enjoying. Raw fish may be made with a variety of fish such as herring, carving, cleaning fish, spring fish ... but not as good as any kind of fish is not fishy Cá Mai  for fresh meat. As the name implies, fish mai delicate slender, about equal to the index finger, covered with a layer of sparkling silver-white scales.
Very fresh fish flakes had bought, cut off the tail and abdomen breast, spinal withdrawal re-done as the vinegar and squeeze it dry. People like to eat less fat, then add chopped bacon is that there was a raw fish dish you wanted.
But if only that they may not be good. By also an "additive" is important sauces. Phan Thiet fish sauce ( nước mắm) is the land should be used in salad fish sauce apricot and more sophisticated techniques. Garlic, chilli, seeded nine stab me with fine sugar. Pounding roasted peanuts, powdered gold, porcelain few ripe bananas, all the air with pure fish sauce into a viscous sauce sweet, sour, sweet, salty flavor and sea.

Cá Mai salad need some fresh vegestables: lettuce, basil back, beating the fish, corn, cilantro girls with banana ( the one still can not eat like normal way when we eat banana), star fruit, thinly sliced cucumber.

By this time the new thin rice paper to take effect: we packed fish, vegetables neatly into the roll, put sauce that enjoy the sweet taste of fresh fish, the fat of peanut, taste the sauce along with strong fresh taste of green vegetables. Females usually have more in the last months. This opportunity to Phan Thiet, Mui Ne, a beach, where tourists can taste the fish apricot salad of local tradition.
Grilled lizards
Grilled lizards
Dong are lizards with a similar shape but larger size than tac ke bong (geckos). They are very tasty grilled. A plate of grilled Dong is a popular dish in many restaurants in Binh Thuan.
Grilled Dong has a distinctive flavor. To make the lizards juicy, people have to boil giong and soak them with banana leaves before washing carefully. Then they are spiced and mixed with lemongrass to grill. Dong can be cooked in variety of ways including fried giong served with grilled banh trang (dried pancake) or goi Dong (Dong with vegetables) or lau giong (hot pot).
Dong is thought to have medicinal qualities as the lizards eat herbal leaves and grasses. In traditional medicine they are used to cure aching bones. People go hunting for giong on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month when the early rains wet the dry sand hills and giong start to hatch.

Minced fried dong with banh phong tom

Minced fried dong with banh phong tom
Mui Ne is not only famous for its stunning beach, splendid sand dunes, Cham towers but also well-known for a number of tasty dishes - of which dong is one of the best. The small reptile, which lives in sand areas, is an edible species and a must-try specialty for tourists to Phan Thiet City.
Dong is a reptile shaped like a lizard and stands about 20-30 centimeters long. The dish of minced fried dong with lemon grass and chili, eaten with banh phong tom (glutinous rice chapati mixed with powdered shrimp) is worth a try.

To make the dish, you need to choose fat, older dong in order that its meat is more fatty, sweeter and tougher. After peeling off its skin, cut its tail and four legs, clean it carefully with warm water to clean off the fishy smell. Later mix the meat with garlic, onion and the main spices of salt, sugar, fish sauce, pepper and honey. You should put the dish in banana leaves to maintain its fragrance.

After thirty minutes when the meat has absorbed the spices, you grill them at medium heat. Sometimes it is better to use charcoal. When the meat is yellow and done, take it out and mince it together - and finally fry the meat with lemon grass and chili for some minutes.

With banh phong tom, you can buy the cake in any market as they are very popular and cheap, you then put the cake deep into oil in a large fire. After some seconds, the cake will bloat and you take it out.

Put minced fried dong inside the cake and enjoy with some aromatic leaves such as coriander, perilla, Thai basil, fish mint or cucumber. Diners will be lured by the sweetness of dong, fragrance of lemongrass and crisp of banh phong tom.
Dong can also be served grilled or as a dong salad, dong rice soup, dong pasty and dong spring rolls.
The dish is available at most restaurants in Phan Thiet City, especially in Mui Ne. So if you visit Mui Ne, give it a go.

Sweet snail – Precious gift from the sea

Sweet snail – Precious gift from the sea
Sweet snail is considered one of the most delicious seafoods. As its name suggests, oc huong, or sweet snail, is unique becaof its natural and enchanting fragrance. Sweet snail is a precious, exotic seafood becait is difficult to find and buy. So everyone should try to enjoy it once in his or her life.
Sweet snail catches the eye with its light yellow shell garnished with brown spots. Unlike other kinds of snails, which are named after their shapes, the sweet snail’s name comes from its scent. You will feel relaxed while enjoying sweet snail. The sweet snail’s strange and aromatic smell encourages appetite. 
Sweet snail can be made into different mouth-watering dishes, like steamed sweet snail with onion and ginger, baked sweet snail, grilled sweet snail, and roasted sweet snail with garlic. No matter how sweet snail is prepared, it always has a delicious flavour. 

It is easy to prepare these dishes. After the sweet snail is cleaned, the chef mixes the meat with some ingredients, like fresh mushroom, ice cream, and cheese, and then puts the mixture into the oven. In a few minutes the sweet snail releases a scent and is ready to serve guests.

Experience Food Street in Phan Thiet

Experience Food Street in Phan Thiet
Tuyen Quang Street’s reputation as an avenue to satisfy culinary desires has recently caused it to be dubbed Pho Am Thuc (Food Street) which is located between Nguyen Tat Thanh Boulevard and Thu Khoa Huan Street in Phan Thiet City. While crowded every evening, the street is especially bustling with customers on the weekends. Local residents and tourists come to enjoy the specialties of the town, also famous for its beautiful beaches and scenery.
One of the dishes that bring prestige to Tuyen Quang Street is banh xeo, or rice pancake folded in half and filled with shrimp, fat pork and bean sprouts. Along the street, customers will find a dozen banh xeo restaurants with simple names such as Cay Xoai (mango tree) or Cay me (tamarind tree).
One of the best-known banh xeo restaurants is Cay Phuong (flamboyant tree). It was the first restaurant of its type to appear on this street and has existed for some decades now. The restaurant owner says preparing banh xeo looks simple, but making a good pancake is really an art.

Making the perfect banh xeo requires, above all, high-quality rice. The rice is soaked in water overnight and then ground into fine flour. To make the banh xeo batter, the cook usually adds little salt and thinly sliced scallions to the flour, though each family has its own secret recipe.

Banh xeo is traditionally prepared on a small, flat pan with a long handle placed on an open fire. When the pan becomes hot, shrimp, fat pork and bean sprouts are added. A thin layer of batter is then poured into the pan and covered. After just a few minutes, it is ready to be folded in half and enjoyed.

Nowadays, many people have replaced the pan with a set of four or more miniature pans to make many small banh xeo at once, good for impatient customers.

Banh xeo is served with rau song, a plate of different types of fresh vegetables including lettuce, mint, perilla and thinly sliced banana flower, and nuoc cham, a dip made from fish sauce, sugar, chili, garlic and lemon.

After enjoying banh xeo, you can try many other Phan Thiet food specialties along Food Street. Among the choices are banh can (rice cake baked on a clay stove and served with nuoc cham). Unlike many other regions, banh can in Phan Thiet is also eaten with boiled duck eggs or braised fish and sliced carambola or mango.

Some dishes that get the thumbs-up from both local and foreign tourists are bun ca (fish and vermicelli noodles), usually prepared with ca loc (mullet), and bun rieu gio heo (crab noodle soup with pig leg).

But that’s not all. On other downtown Phan Thiet streets, such as Ngu Ong, Bo Ke or Hai Thuong Lan Ong, visitors can taste such regional specialties as goi ca (fish salad), goi oc (shellfish salad), muc mot nang (fresh squid dried in the sun for one day), banh re (deep fried pancake), banh quai vat (fan-shaped flour cake) and thit heo cuon banh trang (boiled pork and fresh vegetables wrapped in rice paper). If visitors’ sense of adventure is still craving something different, try dong nuong muoi ot, a type of lizard broiled and served with chilly salt.

Sizzling cake – Banh Xeo

Sizzling cake – Banh Xeo
Bánh xèo (literally “sizzling cake”) are Vietnamese savoury pancakes made of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, and, in the southern region, coconut milk, stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts and then pan fried.
They are served wrapped in mustard leaf, lettuce leaves or rice paper, and stuffed with mint leaves, basil, fish leaf and/or other herbs, and dipped in a sweet and sour diluted fish sauce. In the Central region, the pancake is also dipped in a special sauce which consists of fermented soy bean sauce called Cu Da sauce (named after Cu Da village where the sauce originate),liver, ground and toasted peanut and seasonings.
Southern style Bánh xèo are larger compared to the small pan-fried versions in the Central and Northern regions. In Hue, the former imperial city, it is called “banh khoai” (literally delicious cake) and is served open faced instead of being folded in half. Banh khoai is always served with the fermented soy bean sauce mentioned above. In the central region, it is considered cold weather food because of its greasiness. Therefore, most families only make them from scratch during the winter.

Quai Vac cake

Quai Vac cake
Quai vac tran cakes have been a popular dish in the coastal city of Phan Thiet for as long as people there can remember. To make the cake, locals start with a transparent wheat-flour dough, which is then boiled and wrapped around deheaded prawns, fatty pork, fish sauce and salt and sugar.
Cauldron strap cake can be seen as one of the items light meal flavor of the Central region. It uses refined wheat flour to make crust. Powder was stuffed for so clammy, then cut small pieces and use glass bottle forming laminated piece of dough shell clear. Corn is mainly fresh shrimp and bacon. The color pink shrimp pie, green fertile look of that new customers want to eat right now. 
The soup with Quai vac cake is Phan Thiet fish sauce with lemon juice, garlic, sugar, pepper. Cake was presented in the disc, with a few slices of lemon next to the cup with the golden onion. When eating, take the cake into bowls, sprinkle with the sauce, onion and a little lemon juice. Toughness of cauldron strap cake of Phan Thiet is making elements unique flavor. Guests will feel the sweet, tough, fatty, spicy, strong attraction.

Traditional Tamarind Jam in Phan Thiet

Traditional Tamarind Jam in Phan Thiet
Xuan Phong village is well-known for grilled rice, there is the most delicious tamarind jam in the area of Go market” (previously Dai Nam and Xuan Phong villages in Ham Thuan district, today Ham Thuan Bac district).
To make tamarind jam, chosen tamarinds are green, straight, and thick pulp. Peeling their shell is skillful to avoid breaking tamarinds. After shell removal, tamarinds are soaked in salt water to reduce acidity. Take seeds out of tamarind pods with a pointed knife and prick them after parboiled tamarinds. They are continuously soaked and washed. Then, tamarinds and sugar are mixed for 24 hours. 
Next, arrange them into a sugar basin which are boiled down and place on a stove. Simmering is the most important step. So, workers must be sit next to the stove and ladle syrup to sprinkle tamarinds continuously, which avoid well-done and sugar-coated tamarinds before they absorb syrup. Once tamarind jam absorb syrup, it becomes smooth and is exposed to the sun. If the scorching sun makes tamarind jam dry, put more syrup in jam. In short, to have end-product jam, jam is implemented 10 different steps. Each step needs worker’s patience and skillfulness.

Tamarind jam has become a spring product of Phan Thiet for a long time. It not only presents in Binh Thuan people’s house but also follow overseas Vietnamese’s steps to go abroad.
Lau tha Phan Thiet
Lau tha Phan Thiet
Lau tha, a seafood hot pot, is a very popular dish in the central coast city of Phan Thiet City which is a must for visitors to the area. And there is no place better to try it out than the Sea Horse Resort and Spa, 16 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ham Tien Ward, Phan Thiet City.
 
 
 
 
The delicacy is based on typical materials and flavors of the coastal area. Lau tha is made of fish, shrimp, pork, vegetables, green mango, banana flowers, rice paper cake, rice noodles and fried eggs. The fish is mixed with lemon, shrimp and pork which are all sliced into small pieces and put into the soup. The fish sauce is flavored with fried peanut and chili, which gives the dish that snappy taste.

At the resort the meal is prepared wonderfully – like a beautiful flower with ten petals. The banana flower petals are filled with vegetables, green mango, cucumbers, fried eggs and sliced steamed pork. The base of the plate is the fish and the dish is completed with a bowl of soup, rice pan cake, noodles and fish sauce.

The finished article can be enjoyed with or without water. After putting all your ingredients in a bowl you can put in water to make it a soup or just have it dry. Either way it is delicious. The attractive dish has the savory flavor of fish, fat of peanut, crisp of paper cake, sweet of pork and aroma of vegetables.
 
 
 

 
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