6 delicious dishes that are unmatched in Phu Quoc

Herring salad, vermicelli, Ham Ninh crab… are typical dishes of Phu Quoc that visitors should try when coming here at the end of the year.

Phu Quoc begins in a beautiful season for the year-end vacation trip. Along with the rest and relaxation experiences, visitors should not miss the cuisine with many dishes that are not mixed with other locales.

Herring salad

Fresh herring mixed with onion, grated coconut, fried garlic... rolled with herbs dipped with spicy fish sauce.
Fresh herring mixed with onion, grated coconut, fried garlic… rolled with herbs dipped with spicy fish sauce. Photo: Ha Lam

Herring salad is a rustic dish but sophisticated in processing. Fish salad must be very fresh to keep the meat sweet, not fishy. The fish is made carefully and the bones are removed, and the meat on both sides is removed. Then, mix fish with sour sauce with onion, grated coconut, peanuts (peanuts), spices… Depending on the restaurant, the chef will make salad dressing with lemon juice or vinegar.

Salad rolls with all kinds of herbs, salads… Fresh fish meat for fat combined with grated coconut, herbs mixed with sour and spicy dipping sauce, makes diners nostalgic forever.

Suggested address : 40 Mac Thien Tich, 261 Nguyen Trung Truc, 217 30/4 street (Duong Dong).

Bun trumpet

Bun trumpet impresses with the aroma of fish mixed with the fatty taste of the broth and eye-catching colors.
Bun trumpet impresses with the aroma of fish mixed with the fatty taste of the broth and eye-catching colors. Photo: Ha Lam

Bun trumpet (also known as vermicelli) attracts diners with the typical rustic features of the sea. The dish is prepared by people from barracuda or silverfish, giving it a sweet and fragrant taste. After steaming, the fish meat will be stir-fried with coconut milk, add curry powder, and cashew oil, taste spices and stir well. This broth will boil over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens, then season to taste.

A bowl of vermicelli noodles consists of vermicelli, papaya and grated cucumber, herbs, then the broth has just been cooked, adding a little fish sauce and lemon to enhance the smell. It is the aroma of fish mixed with the fatty taste of the broth, and the crunchiness of the papaya and cucumber strands in the vermicelli bowl to give diners a delicious feeling.

Suggested address : 87 street 30/4; 4 Nguyen Trai, near the night market (Duong Dong).

Mai Bien

Whistle of Bien Mai grilled with fragrant chili salt.
Whistle of Bien Mai grilled with fragrant chili salt. Photo: Ha Lam

The bien mai bud is the part of a sea scallop the size of the back of an adult’s hand. This type of scallop has soft meat, so people in the coastal areas usually only use the coin-sized round core to prepare the dish. If you want to get the stem, you have to break the shell and remove the slimy part.

The coco can make all kinds of delicious dishes such as stir-fry, porridge … but the most popular is still salted chili grilled on embers. In particular, when baking, it must be skillful, not too long to make the whistle dry, hard and tough. Just the whistle just turned yellow is nine. The sweetness of the bien mai tree mixed with a little saltiness of salt, the spicy of chili gives you an unforgettable taste experience.

Suggested address : 334 Nguyen Trung Truc, 343 street 30/4 (Duong Dong), restaurants in Sao beach.

Ham Ninh Crab

Ham Ninh crabs have firm, sweet and fragrant meat.
Ham Ninh crabs have firm, sweet and fragrant meat. Photo: Ha Lam

Nature favors Ham Ninh sea with a mild and cool climate all year round, so the seafood here is diverse and fresh, especially crabs. The crab here has firm, aromatic meat, so it can be processed into many delicious dishes such as roasted tamarind, crab rice, spicy and sour crab soup, roasted with salt and pepper… the best is still steamed because it keeps its fresh taste.

Phu Quoc people share, if you choose steamed crab, you will have about 5-6 fish per kilogram. If you like to eat soft meat but have a lot of bricks, you should choose female crabs, and male crabs for firm and fragrant meat. Before steaming, use a sharp object to pierce the hollow of the crab, then wash it so that it does not fall off when steaming. Steamed crab dishes served with salt, pepper soup, chili salt stimulate the taste.

Suggested address : Ham Ninh fishing village, Ngoc Han seafood raft house (Ham Ninh commune).

Fish cake soup

Mackerel cake soup has a sweet broth with a characteristic aroma.
Mackerel cake soup has a sweet broth with a characteristic aroma. Photo: Ha Lam

Banh Canh is one of the familiar dishes in Phu Quoc because of the fragrant taste of fish and the distinctive aroma of the broth. And it would be remiss if you come to Ngoc island without ever enjoying mackerel cake soup.

When putting out the bowl, the vermicelli is put in first, then add a few pieces of fried and steamed mackerel, blood, a little fried garlic, onions – thorn mounds… then pour the broth. Served with bean sprouts, chili and lemon. The aroma of the whole cake, the sweet taste of the broth, a little spicy from the dangerous chili… attracts the taste buds.

Suggested address : Phung cake shop 27 Bach Dang, Thu Hanh shop on Bach Dang street, shop on 30/4 street (Duong Dong).

Vermicelli

Stir-fried vermicelli with squid, shrimp paste and fish cake... clear broth served with homemade dipping sauce.  Photo: Lan Huong
Stir-fried vermicelli with squid, shrimp paste and fish cake… clear broth served with homemade dipping sauce. Photo: Lan Huong

This famous specialty includes squid, shrimp paste and fish cake… with a clear broth and a homemade dipping sauce consisting of salt, monosodium glutamate (main noodle), sugar, kumquat (kumquat), ground chili. All in a bowl and must be stirred vigorously so that the spices combine, turning red-orange.

A special feature at many noodle shops in Phu Quoc is that you will make your own dipping sauce, balance the taste as you like. If you want a special dipping sauce, you can ask the staff to guide you on how to mix the spices in the most harmonious way.

Suggested address : 28 Bach Dang street, 77 street 30/4, 141 Ly Thuong Kiet street (Duong Dong).

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