Phu Quoc always brings enjoyable experiences to travelers. One of its attractions is its cuisines that cannot be ignored when visiting the island.
Grilled oyster with salt and chili
There are so many cooking styles of oysters: Sautéed with shiitake, mushroom, onion and green cabbages. However, food enthusiasts always want to enjoy the original taste of the sea- that’s why they cannot overlook grilled oyster with salt and chili. The taste of the salt combined with the spiciness of chili elevates the sweet taste of the oyster. And only by this style of cooking that one can preserve the oyster’s crisp texture that nobody can complain about.
Boiled Ham Ninh crab
The price of one kilo Ham Ninh crab is around 100,000 to 150,000VND, depending on the size of the crabs. However the big crabs in Phu Quoc have only the same size with the small ones in the central part of Vietnam. The too big crab will not be delicious whereas the small ones will not have much flesh. Therefore the tastiest size of crab is about 6 to 7 crabs/ kilo. If you like the orange stuff (so called the roe or egg) inside the crab then you choose the female ones, but if you like to have more meat then the male crab should be your choice. The more meat the crab has, the more delicious it will be. If you visit Phu Quoc and you haven’t tried the boiled crab, your journey should be considered incomplete.
Fried rice with fresh crab
Don’t be surprised if you can encounter fried rice with crab in every restaurant in Phu Quoc. There was one tourist who commented that if you tried fried rice with crab in Phu Quoc, you can feel the essence of the island, the quintessence of the sea and the rustic simplicity of Phu Quoc people.
Fried rice with crab is the combination of fragrant rice, tasty boiled crab meat, slices of fried eggs and spicy sliced chili sauce. All of these ingredients are blended to create a very idyllic and tasty flavor that mesmerizes every demanding guest.
Herring salad is a popular idyllic specialty that people of the island loved so much which is also frequently ordered by visitors during their meals. The fresh herrings were caught and cleaned alive then sliced. Then all the slices will be dipped into pure lemon juice. Those fillet slices will be rolled with rice paper combined with spring onion, sliced red onion, herbs, grated coconut, chili and minced fried peanuts. This dish can be tasted best with fine Phu Quoc fish sauce and wild blueberry alcohol.
Melo melo salad with mango
Melo Melo salad with mango is one of the most intriguing dishes in Phu Quoc which is extremely attractive by its fragrance which mesmerizes all visitors at their first encounter. The taste and nutrients of Melo Melo salad with mango became the favorite delicacy in Phu Quoc cuisines. It is always listed in the menu of almost all restaurants and even sold in every street eatery in this panoramic island.
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