Ca Mau cuisine is not only famous for crab or honey of Melaleuca forest but also makes diners love with the hot pot of U Minh fish sauce that has a strong country flavor.
U Minh fish sauce hot pot – from the rustic to the famous specialty
U Minh land is favored by nature for the vast U Minh Ha mangrove primeval forest, with abundant resources from plants to animals and aquatic creatures such as fish and eels, so it seems that All delicious specialties in Ca Mau come from here, mam hot pot (potted fish sauce in hot pot) is such a dish.Attractive dishes from the look to the portion (Photo saonguyen0126)
According to the elderly, braised fish sauce has existed for hundreds of years in the process of reclaiming the southern land and is a familiar dish in the daily meals of the Southern people. After that, people learned how to make and eat Chinese dishes to make hot pot dishes. The seemingly “out of place” combination creates a strangely harmonious taste that makes people fall in love.
Today, U Minh fish sauce hot pot is not only considered a trademark of Ca Mau cuisine but also included in the ” top 100 Vietnamese specialties ” by the Vietnam Record Institute. Therefore, anyone who comes to Ca Mau Cape without enjoying this “masterpiece” dish will regret it.Delicious can’t refuse (Photo @gom.miu.home)
The passionate and irresistible taste of U Minh fish sauce hot pot
You come to any western province, you will have a hot pot with fish sauce, but hot pot in Ca Mau has a unique flavor that only the land of U Minh Ha has. Because the main ingredient to make this dish is butterfly fish sauce – a special fish that lives in the lagoon in the mangrove forest, with super fragrant and fragrant meat.
And to reduce the strong smell of fish sauce, people have added minced lemongrass leaf hot pot with crushed lemongrass root, fresh coconut water to leave the aftertaste fresh and sweet, monosodium glutamate to reduce the salty taste and especially Fresh cow’s milk instead of sugar so that the finished product will be thick and have a greasy taste.Mixed fish sauce (Photo @trucngoc.phan)
The ingredients served with U Minh fish sauce hot pot are also extremely diverse, from typical products of the West such as: gizzard perch, white catfish, gala fish, thick fish, snakehead fish, eel, field crab, snail … to familiar things such as: bacon, beef, shrimp, crab, squid… which are preliminarily cleaned and beautifully displayed around the hot pot.Full of fish and shrimp (Photo @truongvan87)
However, the most special is probably the accompanying vegetable dishes, because it gathers almost all the flavors of wild domestic grassland, most typical of the U Minh region in particular and the West in general such as water lily, buds. zucchini, spinach, mussels, spinach, cottonwood, longan sprouts, rafter, tubs, squash flowers, spinach, corn (flowers) bananas, spinach, airships, bitter vegetables, coconut vegetables, eggplant… with broccoli, spinach, okra, straw mushrooms, water spinach.Typical vegetables of the West are indispensable (Photo @tieukhanh.02)
It would be no exaggeration to say: there is no dish in the world, or even “friends” such as Thai hot pot, kimchi hot pot or Hong Kong hot pot… that are served with a variety of vegetables like fish sauce in the U.S. Minh , especially without them, the taste of the dish will be completely changed.
As soon as the hot pot was displayed, there was no need to “turn on fire”, we were immediately attracted by the vibrant colors of vegetables, fish, meat and the passionate aroma of fish sauce. Like durian, many people will find the smell of hot pot with fish sauce a bit difficult to smell, but try it once because you will immediately be “addicted”, but once “addicted”, it will not be possible to quit.Full flavor of hot pot (Photo @zuzu_libra)
Dish hotpot sauce U Minh “wake up” all the senses of diners with the crunchy texture of lilies, in close proximity of the banana, so bitter stick stick of broccoli, you hang hang of Peperomia pellucida, aroma faintly of coriander, cilantro, cilantro, along with the sweetness of meat, fish, shrimp, crab, the fatty taste of milk, the sweetness of coconut water and the rich salty taste of fish sauce…makes anyone unable to stop chopsticks.The flavors blend harmoniously (Photo @choueatgolove)
The best places to eat U Minh fish sauce hot pot in Ca Mau
Coming to Ca Mau, you will encounter many restaurants from popular to luxurious serving this dish, each place will have different dips but the unique flavor of the hot pot is all the same. offers a “very U Minh” taste, so you can choose any restaurant according to your needs and the thickness of your wallet. In particular, some famous restaurants about hot pot sauce that you can refer to are:
– Dong Que fish sauce hot pot restaurant
- Address: 91A Ton Duc Thang Street, Ward 5, Ca Mau City, Ca Mau Province.
- Opening hours: from 10am to 10pm daily.
- Reference price: about 100,000 VND to 200,000 VND / person.
– Real crab cuisine and Ca Mau specialties
- Address: No. 57 Ngo Gia Tu Street, Ward 5, Ca Mau City, Ca Mau Province.
- Opening hours: from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
- Reference price: about 300,000 VND / pot.
– Phuong Vi restaurant
- Address: 346 Phan Ngoc Hien Street, Ward 9, Ca Mau City, Ca Mau Province.
- Opening hours: from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
– Ngon Restaurant
- Address: 37 Hung Vuong Street, Ward 5, Ca Mau City, Ca Mau Province.
- Opening hours: from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Food that awakens the taste buds (Photo @pe_audi)
Ca Mau tourists often jokingly say that “Eating hot pot with U Minh sauce , just looking at vegetables makes you crave”, so visiting Mui Dat without enjoying this rustic dish is indeed extremely flawed. .