Food for Vung Tau food tour

Stingray hot pot, and cake Khot… are the must-try dishes in your weekend discovery journey to Vung Tau.

About 100 km from Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau is one of the famous tourist destinations in the South, attracting many people every weekend and short vacation. Besides entertainment and relaxation activities, visitors to this city can enjoy many typical dishes such as cake khot, salted egg sponge cake, stingray hotpot, and snail dishes… this city has the following dishes you should try.

Hotpot Stingray

This is one of the favorite specialties of diners when coming to Vung Tau. Stingray has tough flesh, only the big ones have bones, but soft, crispy like cartilage, and easy to eat. A hot pot will have stingray meat cut into pieces, and marinated with spices. The broth will taste sour, spicy… thanks to the combination of many ingredients. Served with the hot pot are sour bamboo shoots, water spinach, mint, seasoning vegetables with a characteristic aroma, fresh vermicelli and chili fish sauce. Since stingrays in Vung Tau breed all year round, you can enjoy this dish no matter the season.

5 must-try dishes when coming to Vung Tau
Soft stingray mixed with rich, sweet and sour hot pot. Photo: Khanh Thien

Suggested address: 18 Hung Vuong, 15 Nguyen Truong To, 68 Nguyen Truong To, 1 Hoang Hoa Tham, 44 Truong Cong Dinh…

Khot cake

Banh Khot Vung Tau is shaped like a cake can of the Central people, made from rice flour with shrimp paste. Cakes are poured in aluminum or stainless steel trays with small concave shapes. When frying the cake, the chef will fill the tray with oil, then add the flour and shrimp until golden and fragrant. When placing the cake on the plate, will add burnt shrimp, onion fat.

Khot cakes when served will be hot, crispy crust, fatty middle layer, coconut milk flavor, served with papaya, rolled with broccoli, lettuce, herbs, dipped with sour fish sauce sweet.

Suggested address: 3 Ly Thuong Kiet, 42 Tran Dong, 14 Nguyen Truong To, 1 Hoang Hoa Tham, 59, Ba Trieu, 19 Hoang Hoa Tham…

Salted egg sponge cake

The journey to experience Vung Tau cuisine will be incomplete if you miss the salted egg sponge cake. The dish scored with a soft, buttery flavor, with salted eggs with a rich, salty and fatty taste.

Besides enjoying on the spot, the small salted egg sponge cake, just eaten, is also a gift that can be bought for friends and relatives on every trip to Vung Tau.

5 must-try dishes when coming to Vung Tau
The cake is small, just eaten, wrapped in a box, can be used as a gift. Photo: Khanh Thien

Suggested address: 17B Nguyen Truong To, 6 Do Chieu, 14B Nguyen Truong To, 129 Le Lai, 11 Nguyen Kim, 36 Ba Trieu…

Delicious dishes from snails

Seafood is also something that should not be missed because Vung Tau is a coastal city. There is a whole world of diverse seafood here.

Snails in Vung Tau are fresh and processed in a variety of ways. You can choose dishes such as grilled, steamed, fried with tamarind… such as fried fat snails with tamarind, fried lentils with coconut, fried nails with garlic butter, grilled oysters with cheese, steamed snails with lemongrass, grilled scallops with onion fat, snails roasted tamarind flavor… Served with snails will be sauces such as chili salt, lemon pepper, salt and pepper, sweet and sour fish sauce…

Snails fried with tamarind - one of the favorite dishes of many diners.  Photo: Khanh Thien
Snails fried with tamarind – one of the favorite dishes of many diners. Photo: Khanh Thien

Suggested address: 3 Tran Phu, 121 Ly Tu Trong, 23 Pham Ngoc Thach, 32 Le Quy Don, 37 Nguyen Truong To, 89 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, 2 Hoang Dieu…

Crab soup cake

Still one of the dishes related to seafood, crab soup cake has a special feature that each piece of cake is opaque white, soft and chewy, eaten with shredded crab meat (in some places to keep whole), crab cakes, Blood, quail eggs and raw vegetables… The soul of the dish lies in the broth that is thickened and fragrant with seafood.

Suggested address: 62 Tu Xuong, 73 Le Lai, 125 Vo Thi Sau, 109 Vo Thi Sau, 88 Le Lai, 33A Hoang Hoa Tham…

Squid noodle soup

The dish attracts customers from far away thanks to the highlight is white noodles combined with fatty egg yolks, lean meatballs, shallot leaves, fresh squid, rich broth simmered from bones… for a special flavor. Accompanying this dish are sauces such as green chili salt, soy sauce…

5 must-try dishes when coming to Vung Tau
Fresh squid blends into the traditional noodle dish, creating a unique flavor. Photo: Di Vy

Suggested address: 1 Vo Van Kiet, 19 Ly Thuong Kiet, 32 Dong Khoi, 73 Hoang Hoa Tham, 3 Le Hong Phong…