Can Tho is one of the most popular destinations in Mekong Delta for any visitor. Roughly 03 hours from Ho Chi Minh City, you will find yourself arrived in a charming peaceful place. These top five must-visit destinations in Can Tho should be on your list. And the top five special food listed below should not be ignored, either.
1/ Bánh xèo (lit. Sizzling Cake)
Bánh xèo is a Vietnamese-style savory crepe named for the sizzling sound made when rice batter is poured into a frying pan. Its batter has the yellow color of turmeric as well as green color of spring onions. A typical Bánh xèo is stuffed with pork, prawns, bean sprouts and garnished fresh herbs. In South-western Vietnam as Cần Thơ, you may find minced duck meat or minced pork with cassava or apical buds of adult coconut plants inside its yellow crispy batter.
Bánh xèo definitely loses its flavor in the absence of fresh herbs and dipping sauce. The herbs served with Banh xeo include lettuce leaves, coriander, mint, Thai basil leaves, piper lolot, etc. As for dipping sauce, it fundamentally contains fish sauce, water, fresh lime juice, garlic clove, long fresh red chilli and sugar. The best dipping sauce is a perfect combination of salty, sweet, and sour.
1/Bánh xèo Mười Xiềm: 13/3 đường 917, P. Trà Nóc, Q. Bình Thủy, TP Cần Thơ.
(13/3 No. 917 Street, Trà Nóc Ward, Bình Thủy District, Cần Thơ City)
2/Bánh xèo 7 Tới: Đường Cái Sơn Hàng Bàng, Q.Cái Răng, TP Cần Thơ.
(Cái Sơn Hàng Bàng Street, Cái Răng District, Cần Thơ City)
3/Bánh xèo Ngọc Ngân: 74 Đại Lộ Lê Lợi, Quận Ninh Kiều, Cần Thơ. (Đối diện Sân Vận Động Cần Thơ)
(74 Lê Lợi Avenue, Ninh Kiều District, Cần Thơ) (Opposite to Cần Thơ Stadium)
2/ Cá lóc nướng trui (Grilled Snakehead fish)
Grilled snakehead fish is processed by Southern farmers after work ends. When the men go fishing, the women go back to the fields to pick vegetables and then go home to make the sauces. The fresh fish will be washed and cooked in the middle of the windy field, then everyone will enjoy the delicious meal together. The grilled snakehead fish undergo preliminary treatment, which means no scaling, no scraping viscous, no eviscerate, not marinating. Snakehead fishes are caught from the rivers, washed, grilled using a long stick, and afterwards be buried in a dry haystack on fire. Then, the farmers plug the stick into the ground or cover it up with burning straws until there are only ashes.
- 2/11 Lê Lai , Ninh Kiều District.
- 78 Võ Văn Kiệt, Ninh Kiều District.
3/ Lẩu mắm (Mắm Hotpot)
One of the most famous dishes is lẩu mắm. Its ingredients include mắm cá linh (a kind of dried and salted fish), side pork, shrimps, squids, and cá hú (a kind of fish). The dish is served with two trays of various fresh herbs and vegetables like luffa, cucurbit, bitter melon, and so on. The combined taste of the hotpot soup, fresh seafood and vegetables, along with fish source makes customers truly feel the simplicity and diversity of Southwestern soul.
1/ Quán Dạ Lý: 89 đường 3/2, Quận Ninh Kiều, Cần Thơ.
(89 Street 3/2, Ninh Kiều District, Cần Thơ)
2/ Lẩu mắm 5 nương: Ngã 3 Lộ Tẻ, Phường Thới Thuận, Quận Thốt Nốt, Cần Thơ.
(Lộ Tẻ Crossroads, Thới Thuận Ward, Thốt Nốt District, Cần Thơ)
3/ Lẩu mắm Cát Tiên 2: số 264 Võ Văn Kiệt, Phường An Thới, Quận Bình Thủy, Cần Thơ.
(264 Võ Văn Kiệt Street, An Thới Ward, Bình Thủy District, Cần Thơ.)
4/ Pizza Hủ tiếu (Vietnamese Rice Noodles Pizza)
Pizza Hủ tiếu is a very special dish of Cần Thơ. It is fried Hủ tiếu (rice noodles) in the shape of a pizza, with different kinds of toppings for the customers to choose. This is a very interesting combination of Western and Eastern cuisines, a definite must-try when you come to Cần Thơ.
Address: Quán Sáu Hoài near Rau Răm Bridge, Cái Răng District.
5/ Bánh tét lá cẩm (Sticky rice cake wrapped in magenta plant leaves)
Instead of the green coat as other normal Bánh tét (cylindric sticky rice cake, a Southern vision of Bánh chưng in square,) Bánh tét lá cẩm has a magenta color, which makes it become more attractive to foodaholics. It was created and has been made by the Huỳnh in Bình Thủy District (Cần Thơ.) The cake has an unforgettably special taste of the combination of magenta plant leaves, green beans, pork fat and coconut milk. It is often seen on many special occasions, especially on New Year’s Day, when it is brought to the altar for ancestral offerings, a tradition of Vietnamese culture.