In Mekong, the water is the veins of life. And also in this delta, there are some cuisines that you should never miss when you are in this wonderful region.
Fried paddy field mice
Rat meat has been considered a delicacy for many years in southern areas of the south Asian country. It also reflects the lifestyle of people of the delta: just eat what you have. The mice that use to cook the dish are those have eaten the rice, so they are fat and rich in flavor. They are cleaned, marinated in spices for about 15 minutes, and then they will be hooked into the barrel. As the mice are being rotated, the chef will add in some grease, some spices until the mice are cooked, or have the color yellow. The meat is eaten with cucumber, lakas leaves, salt and chili. The meat tastes soft, sweet, fragrant and delicious, the skin is crunchy and the smell is awfully good. The deep fried mice do not only look eye-catching but it is really mouthwatering. Previously only eaten regularly by the southern Mekong River delta people, the taste for rat meat is spreading. Travel Indochina Vietnam
Grilled snakehead fish
Snakehead is one of the most popular culinary fishes in southeast Asia thanks to firm, fine-grained meat that stays together when cooked. Grilled snakehead fish covered in young lotus leaves is another specialty of Mekong. The fish is grilled in the genuine style of southern farmers. A bamboo stick is pierced through the fish before it is grilled over coal fire and then wrapped in a fresh lotus leaf. The fragrance of the grilled fish mingled with the pleasant smell of the lotus leaf is something tourists to the delta would not forget. After grilled, its skin will be crispy and help to create a spectacular flavor in your mouth. You can roll the meat with dry pancake and vegetable, basil, banana and cucumber which are sliced. Grilled snakehead fish is very simple but the taste of dish is very delicious. This recipe combines between fish and vegetable as a rolling dish. As a result, the flavour of this recipe can satisfy almost people even the people who do not like grilled dishes. Mekong river tours Vietnam
Vietnamese savory pancake
Banh Xeo is a savory Vietnamese pancake that has yummy stuffing in it, served with lettuce and dipped in fish sauce. Obviously named for the sound that they make when they hit the pan, vietnamese pancakes are a savory, healthy meal that can be packed full of a variety of ingredients. The cake is made from the rice flour, mixed with the coconut milk; add in some turmeric flour so the cake can have the yellowish outside. The inside is a mixture of bean shoots, cabbage and stir-fried vegetables. Tofu, cooked prawns or leftover diced pork roast can also be added to the mix. These pancakes are best eaten fresh straight out of the pan, the crispy thin edges are the best part. Served warm and filled with cool, crisp vegetables, herbs, and drizzled with a spicy-salty sauce, they will blow your mind with flavor and texture achieved with very little effort.
Come and enjoy these signature dishes from Mekong Delta.