KIEN GIANG – Bun trumpet and vermicelli are two dishes with strange but attractive names thanks to their unique flavors.
Visitors to Ha Tien not only have the opportunity to visit many beautiful landscapes but also have the opportunity to enjoy countless typical dishes. In addition to silkworm cakes, steamed noodles, fried rice cakes… if you have the opportunity to come to this city, do not miss the two noodle dishes below.
The dish originates from Cambodia with the main ingredient being one of the types of fish such as barracuda, sardines or yellow shrimps… to cook the broth. According to Ha Tien people, these fish have fragrant, firm meat, creating a characteristic flavor for the dish. In addition to fish, vermicelli noodles of Ha Tien people cannot lack curry powder, cloves, coconut milk, and cashew color. Served with herbs, cucumber, bean sprouts, chili garlic fish sauce…
The Ha Tien people make vermicelli noodles with many sophisticated stages. To have a pot of broth to eat with vermicelli, the fish will be carefully prepared, skinned and boned, steamed and pounded. Then, fry the onion and garlic until golden, add the right amount of curry powder, cloves, earrings, cinnamon and stir-fry with the crushed fish. Next, add fish broth, season to taste. To make the broth have a rich fatty taste, you can add coconut milk, cook for about 5 minutes, turn off the heat and add a little chili.
Put vermicelli in a bowl, add papaya and grated cucumber, raw bean sprouts, herbs, then pour the hot broth on top and a little fish sauce.
The bowl of vermicelli looks eye-catching with the color of the curry, the vegetables… When eating, diners will feel the aroma of the curry, the fatty taste of coconut milk, the crunchy vegetable sprouts mixed with the sour taste of the water. chili garlic sauce. This dish is eaten while the broth is still hot.
The dish that often appears with vermicelli but is made in a dry way includes fresh vermicelli, crushed dried shrimp, coconut milk, bean sprouts, herbs of all kinds, grated papaya and cucumber, and garlic and chili fish sauce.
The way to prepare the dish is quite simple like dried shrimp puree, and squeezed coconut milk. However, Ha Tien people believe that chili garlic fish sauce is the decisive factor to create the attractive flavor of vermicelli. The seller will use delicious fish sauce mixed with lemon, garlic, chili, and sugar to create a mixture with a harmonious sweet and sour taste.
Put fresh vermicelli in a bowl, add little bean sprouts, papaya and grated cucumber, herbs and top layer of crushed dried shrimp, mixed with coconut milk and fish sauce to enjoy. The noodle dish scored thanks to the fatty taste of coconut milk, the sweetness from crushed dried shrimp, sweet and sour in fish sauce, the crunchy taste of papaya and grated cucumber, bean sprouts, and herbs.
Ha Tien people often sell two noodle dishes at the same place. If you have the opportunity to come to this city, you can visit the noodle shops on Mac Thien Tich, Chi Lang or in the food market to enjoy. The price for each bowl is about 25,000-30,000 VND(1$).
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