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.

Con Dao island

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.

Bun rieu cua with the price 20,000 VND. Photo: Phuong Thu Thuy
Bun rieu cua with the price 20,000 VND. Photo: Phuong Thu Thuy

Com tam

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).

Com tam also has the price 20,000 VND. Photo: Phuong Thu Thuy
Com tam also has the price 20,000 VND. Photo: Phuong Thu Thuy

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.

The squids caught by fisherman in the morning. Photo: phuot.vn
The squids caught by fisherman in the morning. Photo: phuot.vn

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.

Muc nuong sa te with the price about 30,000 VND. Photo: ivivu.com
Muc nuong sa te with the price about 30,000 VND. Photo: ivivu.com

You also see more Con Dao Islands travel guide at here.

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