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Can Tho street food

Can Tho street food

Local fruits
Can Tho is famous for its delicate cuisine and extra-fresh fruit and vegetables, and a good place to try and eat unknown fruits. Among the local produce, you may like to try the different varieties of mangoes, oranges, jackfruit, pomeloes, grapefruit, but also custard apple, corossol, longans or even durian. A place where the locals buy fruits are the markets like Xuan Khanh Market.

Can Tho Market

Can Tho Market

Hot Pot Alley
Hem 1 Ly Tu Trong dubbed Hẻm Vit Nau Chao, the Hot Pot Alley, is one of the attractions for locals and students in the Xuan Khanh Quarter that is still a kind of secret tipp in Can Tho even though it recently started to becoming popular with expats as well (especially with those who are not afraid of Vietnamese only menus). The alley hosts about a dozen restaurants all offering the same specialty, Can Tho Hot Pot in different styles with fresh fish from the Mekong river or with Duck (also a local specialty). Mekong river cruise
Hot Pots are served on a fire cooker on your table. As the soup gets cooking you can add different vegetables, leaves, egg noodles or rice noodles, tofu and eggs. You only pay for the side dishes you use and you can order more of any dish you wish. You also get free refills of the hot pot soup. Ask for “them nuoc” meaning more water. It might seem unusual to put in some of the leaves into the hot pot, but try and you will love it. The dishes you will find in most places are:
Vit Nau Chao (Duck hot pot)
Lau Hai San (Seafood hot pot)
Lau Ca Keo (Fish hot pot, small fish that looks similar to Eel)
Lau Chua (Sweet sour hot pot with river fish)
As the menu is usually only in Vietnamese, you can just look around at other tables when you enter the restaurant and point out, that you would like to order the same. You will also often find a friendly local who speaks some English or German and will be happy to help you. They will probably cheer to you with beer and will be glad to talk to you more afterwards.
Some places are very full. These are the best. Do not be afraid to enter a place that looks like there are no more tables available, just take your time, look out for the waiter and indicate the number of people you are all together (e.g. show two fingers and say “hai nguoi” meaning “two people”). They will then find a table for you or clean up some space.
A more romantic restaurant than the usual neon light places is located in the alley towards Ly Tu Trong street. They have some colorful lamps and you can also sit outside. If you are up for an even more local experience choose one of the restaurants further down the alley. South Vietnam tours
The Hot Pot Alley (Hẻm Vit Nau Chao) is located between Mau Than Street and Ly Tu Trong Street. As many of these small alleys do not show up on tourist maps or online maps, you might need to ask somebody on the street for directions, but it is also not difficult to find if you stick to the directions here: From Mau Than Street enter Hem 142 Mau Than opposite the yellow painted Hotel Xoai, after a hundred metres there is a bifurcation. Turn left here and continue on the alley when it turns right. You will cross a tiny bridge and see the first restaurant shortly after that. From Ly Tu Trong Street enter Hem 1 Ly Tu Trong close to Luu Huu Phuoc Park.
Special in this restaurant is snake and crocodile, chicken in clay pot with vodka, one of the best restaurant in Hai Ba Trung, price from 40.000VND to 130.000VND
Budget – Streetfood
Chao Long Vit Xiem (Yummy local style rice porridge soup), Mau Than street Hem 95 (Opposite Quang Duc Temple Pagoda in Mau Than Street at the corner of Hem 95). 10:00 – 24:00. This local place offers two tasty types of porridge (congee): Pork chitterlings and muscovy duck. Scary as they may sound, but the restaurant is one of the oldest ones on in town serving those local dishes.
Mi Vit Tiem – Mien Ga (24h local street restaurant with braised duck soup), Mau Than street (you find the restaurant opposite Mien Tay hotel and petrol station). 24h. This is a street restaurant that is opened all night long. The speciality here is Braised Duck in Egg Noodle Soup – “Mi Vit Tiem Cheap/50.000VND per soup.

Mau Than Bun Bo Hue (Located next to a gas station, but one of the best spicy Hue style Beef Noodle Soups in the city), Mau Than street (next to the petrol station). until 22h. While the location is not the best, the Spicy Hue style Beef Noodle Soup – “Bun Bo Hue” – is definitely very popular and attracts a lot of locals. Cheap/27.000VND per soup.
Char Siu bread (nice roasted bread), Mau Than street (next to the corner of 1A alley). until 22h. “Special combo of bread and Xa Xiu, Xa Xiu literally means “skewer roast” (char being skewer (both noun and verb) and siu being roast) after the traditional cooking method for the dish: long strips of seasoned boneless pork are skewered with long forks and placed in a covered oven or over a fire. Average cost is 10.000VND (0.5USD) per roasted bread.
30A Restaurant (Nice place for evenings and midnight snacks, if you want to experience local food on a budget. The place has backyard and an open restaurant with roof, but most people just like to sit in front near some plants.), 30A, Mau Than Street, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho, Vietnam (Coming from Xuan Khanh market head towards the university at Mau Than street and continue over the big intersection. It is a bit after the big Cara cafe sign on the right of the street. You will see people sitting on the outside in the light at night.), ☎ 0710 3 834 767. Opening hours: Midday to 1am or later. This is a nice place, where people like to come in the evening. Many budget travelers like the complete dishes like beefsteak with fries and a bit of salad for about 2 USD Cheap/average cost or cost per dish 40-60k VND (2-3 USD).

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