What to eat in Tra Vinh at the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Tasting the local food makes your trip more interesting. How is the famous food to taste when you travel to Tra Vinh, Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

Banh Tet Tra Vinh

Banh Tet is popular for the Vietnamese people. Coming to Tra Vinh, visitors will enjoy a special Banh Tet that is delicious and strange. The cake is made from sticky rice, a kind of delicious rice which is harvested early and undergone a complicated process to get the rice flat. That is the main ingredient of the cake. The fillings are green peas which are cooked, added sugar and vanilla to create the fragrant smell. Cakes can be wrapped in banana leaves.

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Banh tet Tra Vinh. Photo by Internet

When you eat it, you will feel the aroma of coconut milk in a nutmeg, fatty fat, the smell of sticky rice and mung bean sweet in the mouth. Coming to Tra Vinh at Mekong Delta if you do not try this pastry dish, it is a great omission. Especially, this is the food that can be bought as gifts for relatives and friends during 3 to 7 days.

Chao Am Tra Vinh

Chao Am Tra Vinh (snaked-head fish porridge) has another strange name – “testing porridge”. Tra Vinh people often challenge their daughters-in-law when she comes to their husband’s house with this porridge. It’s because overcoming this challenge is not easy, it is called the testing porridge.

Chao Am Tra Vinh, Mekong Delta
Chao Am Tra Vinh -photo:tintucmientay

This porridge requires a thorough preparation process, from selecting snaked-head fishes to processing to add spices. The fish is boiled in a large pot, and then added fried onions, shrimps and squids. To cook the porridge delicious, the local people usually take the fish eggs separately, then put them into the pot. This dish is delicious, special and tasty. The porridge is often served with a cup of spicy fish sauce.

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Suong Noodle

Tra Vinh is the land of interference between cultures, so the Suong Noodle dish is rich in protein and flavor. Many tourists coming to Tra Vinh are enthralled with this noodles, and they will come back here.

This dish is made of vermicelli, fresh shrimp paste, and pork bones for broth. Some people add dried shrimp or dried squid to the soup for extra flavor.

Suong Noodle
Suong Noodle. Photo by Internet

Each piece of long noodles is soft and fragrant, and crispy shrimp ball made from fresh shrimp creating the noodle dish more delicious. The taste of broth is quite special; it has a brownish color because of tamarind which also makes it sour.

Chu U Crabs roasted with tamarind

Just hearing the name of Chu U roasted with tamarind will make people feel appetite. Chu U is a kind of crabs living in the alluvial grounds, especially, at the coastal districts.

Chu U Crabs roasted with tamarind. Photo by Odacsan
Chu U Crabs roasted with tamarind. Photo by Odacsan

It is not easy to catch Chu U Crabs because they live in the caves in the forests along the beaches.  To keep it alive is also difficult, because they only live for a day since they come out of the caves. The dish of these crabs is tasty, especially when it’s roasted with tamarind. The sweetness and freshness of their meat mixed with the sour taste of tamarind create a great taste.

Coming to Tra Vinh, visitors will enjoy the delicious and unique local food which they will never forget. (Minh Yen/ Vietnamdrive)

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