Bun rieu cua (Vietnamese: Bún riêu cua) (Vietnamese rice vermicelli soup served with tomato broth and topped with crab paste or shrimp paste). Com tam (Vietnamese: Cơm tấm) (broken rice/made from rice with fractured rice grains). Muc nuong sa te (Vietnamese: Mực nướng sa tế) (squid seasoned with chili oil and broiled). These three are the most popular dishes you should try if you have chance to come to Con Dao.
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In spite of appearing in many regions and areas throughout Vietnam, these three still have have their own flavor in Con Dao which nowhere has.
Bun rieu cua
‘Riêu’ is the Vietnamese word used for the broth. In addition to tomato and many other ingredients, the most important thing to make Rieu is the crabs, especially the crabs are in Con Dao so the flavor of this dish has its own attractiveness here.
The dish’s flavor is the combination of the broth, crab paste, tomato, fishcake, tofu, meat scraps and many other ingredients. It is usually served with lemon, coriander and many fresh vegetables… If you it to be spicy, you can add chili seasoning .
There is only one bun rieu place in Con Dao so you can ask anybody, well of course local people. They will show you how to get to the bun rieu place of Mrs. Hai Khiem.
In Con Dao, when a tourist ask about a com tam place, he/she will be immediately guided to the com tam place: Ms. Thuy near a primary school. Com tam of this place is famous for being delicious with a hot, tender, tasty grilled slice of meat.
The meat is seasoned delicately and very tasty. In addition to meat, there are also many options to choose to eat with the rice, such as delicious ‘bì’ ( which is made from the skin of a pig), fried egg or ‘chả trứng’. And it’s a must to use the sauce (originally from fish sauce, but after some steps of process so it has a little sweet and maybe spicy at the same time).
Muc nuong sa te
After swimming in the water, playing on the beach, the tourists can choose to eat some snacks at the seaside food stalls.
Here the squids which the fishermen caught in the morning are extremely fresh, creating a delicious dish to eat with a great sauce from chili oil, paprika, fried garlic, a little grinded lemongrass and fish sauce.
You also see more Con Dao Islands travel guide at here.