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The best food in Can Tho



Every place has its own gift from the land that it sits on, and Can Tho is famous for its unlimited gift from the Mekong Delta. But what makes it special is the unique cuisine that is made from the region’s rice bowl, and vast amounts of things from the river and land.


The most recommended food to eat in Can Tho


1.Banh Cong in Can Tho


It’s a kind of cake that people can’t never forget after only one try. From simple ingredients such as flour, green beans and shrimp to going through many carefully made processes by the hands of locals. The result is the little cakes with a cupcake shape and a softy crispy texture, specially containing a mixed flavour. But for eating to feel like a local, you must take it with sweet and sour sauce and combine it with vegetables. That’s the unforgettable taste that I mentioned.


2. Banh Xeo in Can Tho


The name came from the loud sizzling sound it makes when the rice batter is poured into the hot skillet. It’s a traditional cake and famous for its exceptional taste. If Banh Cong is an island, Banh Xeo will be the ocean. And you will find within that ocean pork, shrimp, diced green onion, mung bean, and bean sprouts. And remember, when you are sailing on the ocean don’t forget to bring fish sauce that mixes with carrot, chilli, garlic and a squeeze of kumquat.


3. Rat in Can Tho, Kentucky Fried Rat


Yes, you read it right. In fact, rat is a very popular food in some countries like China, Hong Kong, Cambodia,…, and here in Viet Nam we have a very clean source right from the field, and not the ones in dirty places like you might have heard. After cleaning, it can be made into very special dishes such as boiled rat, grilled rat…they are all strangely tasty and also very organic. Sometimes we call them with very cute names: KFR (Kentucky Fried Rat).


3. Food made from Snake


The snake can be very rude to you on the outside, but when lying on a plate and sleeping, they can be very friendly and tasty. We have many kinds, even the poisonous one like a cobra and make them into a specialty such as: Sauteed snake with curry or lemon grass, boiled snake with coconut… After you finish, don’t ever forget that in every rude person, there is a loveable soul. 


4. Banh Hoi


Also known as question cake or pie, “Banh Hoi” is a specialty in most regions of Vietnam, including Can Tho. It’s a must in every kind of party, festival and a long live tradition of our people. To make it, it is a multistep process, because the dish consists of rice vermicelli woven into intricate bundles and often topped with chopped scallions or garlic chives sauteed in oil from only two simple ingredients, rice and water. So eating a bundle of “Banh Hoi will be like experiencing a Vietnamese tradition. And I’m sure you’ll have nothing but love for it.



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