Cuisine plays a very important part in Phu Quoc’s culture. Travelling to Phu Quoc, you will not only have opportunities to admire beautiful sightseeings there, but also enjoy delicious foods. These are must-try dishes in Phu Quoc Island.
1. Raw herring salad
Raw herring salad is a rustic dish but also the favourite one of the locals on Phu Quoc. The locals call it salad but the way they eat this dish is pretty different from the other normal Vietnamese salads. Shredded coconut and raw fish will be mixed with mint and onion, then wrapped with fresh vegetables in rice paper and dipped in fish sauce.
2. Ham Ninh Flower Crab
Flower crab is the specialty of the island and readily available in many local restaurants. The fresh red flower crabs get an amazing taste and rick texture when being boiled and dipped in the sauce made from black pepper, salt and lime juice.
The price of Ham Yen Flower Crab is from 100,000VND- 150,000VND/ per kilogram.
3. Grilled Bien Mai Scallop Sinew
Bien Mai Scallop includes two flesh layers connected with its two pieces of shell. Compared with the blood cockle which is so familiar and live on mainland with the two small toothpick- shaped sinew, Bien Mai scallop is much bigger. In spite of its size, the flesh of Bien Mai scallop is not as tasty as its sinew. All of its quintessence is at the sinew. There are a lot of cooking recipes for Bien Mai scallop sinew such as stir- fried with shiitake mushrooms, straw mushrooms, onions and mustard greens.
4. Flower crab rice
Flower crab rice in Phu Quoc has a beautiful yellow colour and is served with sliced cucumber, vegetables, sliced tomato and prepared fish sauce. It is a delicious and nutritious dish which hosts a mouth-watering flavour. Main ingredients of flower crab rice are cooked rice, shredded flower crab meat, minced garlic, thinly sliced onions and a liitle of ketchup. Cooked flower crab meat is shredded and sauté with minced garlic then well-seasoned and thoroughly mixed with cooked rice.
5. Fried squids with fish
Fried squid with fish sauce is also one of the best food choices of tourists in Phu Quoc. Squid is a little bigger than a human thumb and contains a lot of nutritious egg squid in their belly. Squid which is fried with fish sauce, sugar and seasoning powder is chewy, toothsome and unbelievably incredible.
6. Thick noodle soup with mackerel cake
Thick noodle soup in Phu Quoc is famous for its chewy fish cake which is totally made from mackerel and well- seasoned. More, the broth dish is made from simmered pig’s bones and minced pork. Thick noodle soup in Phu Quoc is a perfect combination of sweetness of white chewy thick noodle, flavourful broth, tasty mackerel cake, spicy dipping sauce and fresh vegetables.
7. Grilled Abalones
Grilled abalones in Phu Quoc are quite expensive, but they are worth trying because of their delicious taste and nutritious values. Abalones are really soft, sweet and juicy.
8. Fresh crab blood
Fishermen often take the fresh crab blood which is extracted from the pincers to drink. Later, the fresh crab blood is cleverly processed to create a very impressive dish called Phu Quoc fresh crab blood. A delicious and nutritious fresh crab blood dish must be made from sea crabs which have roe.
9. Bailer Shell (ốc giác)
Bailer shell is a nutritious food. Bailer shell meat is divided into two edible parts- chewy white meat and rich soft brown part called roe. The cooked white meat is thinly sliced and mixed with diced banana flower, Vietnamese mint leaves, chilli peppers, cooking oil and other spices. Roe is then placed on the top and the dish is sprinkled with roasted peanuts at the end.
10. Boletus soup
Boletus soup is a special dish and it only appears in deep forests in rainy season so it is difficult to plant them. Moreover, these special mushrooms grow and die quickly so they must be picked within one week after the rain. The soup which is made from boletus, fresh squids, shrimps, minced meat and spicy black pepper is definitely an unforgettable dish.
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