6 best types of food you must try in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Fish & Pork Noodle Soup – Banh Canh, Phu Quoc

Banh Canh is Vietnamese thick noodle made from a mixture of rice flour and cassava flour. The consommé is made by simmering shrimp, fish and pork and seasoned with fish sauce and some special herbs. The factor which makes a difference for Banh Canh in Phu Quoc is its fresh ingredient. Banh Canh is served with mackerel instead of crab, fish ball, fried tofu-like those in other regions. Due to its scrumptious taste, the restaurants selling banh canh in Phu Quoc is always full of people. If you don’t make a reservation in advance, you may have to wait for 15-20 minutes to be served.

Where to eat Banh Canh?

Banh Canh Phung Restaurant
Address: No. 27 Bach Dang Street, Ward 02, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc Island
Tel: (+84) 91-907-6239
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 30,000
Open: 06:30 – Close: 22:00

Banh Canh Hanh Restaurant
Address: Next to the Night Market, Bach Dang Street, Duong Dong Town
Tel: (+84) 944-130-739
Price: VND 25,000 – VND 30,000
Open: 06:30 – Close: 21:30

Grilled Sea-urchin, Phu Quoc Island

Sea-urchins, called Nhum in Vietnamese, are distinctive underwater creatures covered in spikes. It’s not easy at all to get a handful of sea-urchins. That’s why it becomes a specialty of Phu Quoc Island. An only small part of sea-urchins, called gonads, is edible. Cooking sea-urchins requires a great culinary skill. The most popular dish made from sea-urchins is sea-urchin soup.

To prepare this soup, people use a spoon to gently scrape the orange gonads away from the edge of the shell and then rinse them in salt water. After that, they fry gonads in lard, seasoned with fish sauce and sprinkle spring onion, pepper on the top. Finally, put the fried gonads in a bowl of hot soup. Another recipe of sea-urchin is grilling. Sea-urchins are grilled over the hot coals until they odorize. All you need to do is using spoon gently scrape the orange, dip in special sauce and enjoy them. Dishes made from sea-urchins are delicate and musky. They are also nutritious, healthy and especially helpful for regaining health after long, tiring journey.

Where to eat sea-urchins?

Bien Xanh Restaurant
Address: Provincial Road 47, Ham Ninh Hamlet, Phu Quoc Island
Tel: (+84) 977-447-734
Price: VND 500,000 – VND 1,100,000
Open: 09:00 – Close: 22:00

Thien Thanh Restaurant
Address: Dinh Cau Night Market, Vo Thi Sau Ward, Phu Quoc
Price: VND 60,000 – VND 350,000
Open: 16:00 – Close: 23:00

Bien Hai Restaurant
Address: Group 01, Ganh Dau Hamlet, Phu Quoc Island
Tel: (+84) 297-384-5423
Price: VND 40,000 – VND 300,000
Open: 10:00 – Close: 22:00

Fried Tram Mushroom & Seafood – Canh Nam tram, Phu Quoc

Nam Tram is an impressive mushroom that grows from rotten indigo wood. Nam Tram having purple in color only appears at the beginning of their season. Nam Tram has a very short life circle, it’s from 5 to 7 days. That’s why it’s rarely sold in the market. he locals here often cook Nam tram with fresh seafood such as shrimp, squid, and oysters to make a delicious soup. They also fry dried Nam tram with abalone and cucumber of the sea. The feature of nam tram is its extremely bitter taste. According to oriental medicine, this bitter taste is really good for health, especially for those people suffering a headache, getting drunk and catching a cold.

Where to eat nam tram?

Ngan Ha BBQ Seafood Restaurant
Address: Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc Island
Price: VND 10,000 – VND 100,000
Open: 10:00 – Close: 22:00

Bien Hai Restaurant
Address: Group 01, Ganh Dau Hamlet, Phu Quoc Island
Tel: (+84) 297-384-5423
Email: bienhaiquanco@gmail.com
Website: bienhaiquan.com
Price: VND 40,000 – VND 300,000
Open: 10:00 – Close: 22:00

Grilled Abalone – Bao ngu nuong

Abalone is an edible mollusk of warm seas. Thanks to its outstanding nutritional values, abalone is a greatly welcome dish of Phu Quoc Island. The best recipe for abalone is grilling. Firstly, people clean abalone with fresh water. Then put them on the broiler and grill them above hot coals. When abalone starts bubbling up, season them with the special sauce made from lard, spring onion, garlic, ginger, and chili.

Where to eat bao ngu – abalone?

Ngheu So Oc Hen Restaurant
Address: Phu Quoc Night Market, Bach Dang, Group 01, Duong Dong Town
Price: VND 25,000 – VND 200,000
Open: 09:00 – Close: 23:00

Nho Seafood Restaurant
Address: No. 40, Mac Thien Tich, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc Island
Price: VND 100,000 – VND 500,000
Open: 16:00 – Close: 23:30

Steamed Sentinel-Crab – Ghe hap, Phu Quoc Island

Sentinel-crab dish is every popular in coastal regions of Vietnam, especially in Phu Quoc Island. To enjoy the best sentinel-crab, you should visit Ham Ninh Hamlet. Ham Ninh sentinel-crab is small but has delicate, tender meat. Sentinel-crab is steamed with water mixed with beer right after being caught. To enhance the flavor, you should enjoy sentinel-crab with pepper and salt.

Where to eat sentinel-crabs?

Bien Xanh Restaurant
Address: Provincial Road 47, Ham Ninh Hamlet, Phu Quoc Island
Tel: (+84) 977-447-734
Price: VND 500,000 – VND 1,100,000
Open: 09:00 – Close: 22:00

Ghe Ham Ninh Restaurant
Address:  No.112 Bach Dang,  Ham Ninh Hamlet, Phu Quoc Island
Tel: (+84) 983-314-956
Price: VND 10,000 – VND 500,000
Open: 08:00 – Close: 23:00

Rose Myrtle Wine – Ruou sim Phu Quoc Island

Rose Myrtle Wine is the specialty you can’t miss out when traveling to Phu Quoc Island. Rose Myrtle Wine features a lot of advantages. It helps you eat with gusto and is good for your digestion. It is also helpful for preventing and slowing aging. Especially, Rose Myrtle Wine is able to help lower the possibility of atherosclerosis.

Where to buy Ruou sim?

Sim Son Rose Myrtle Wine
Address: Group 01, Cua Lap Hamlet, Duong To, Phu Quoc Island
Tel: (+84) 297-384-7008
Website: www.simson.vn
Price: VND 150,000 – VND 750,000
Open: 07:00 – Close: 18:00

Bay Gao Rose Myrtle Wine
Address:  No.124, 30/4 Street, Group 01, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc Island
Tel: (+84) 29-738-4734
Email: cssxruousimbaygao@gmail.com
Website: www.ruousimbaygaophuquoc.vn
Price: VND 180,000 – VND 250,000
Open: 07:00 – Close: 22:00

Duong Dong Food
Address:  Cach Mang Thang 8 Street, Group 04, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc Island
Tel: (+84) 913-716-552
Email: duongdongfood@gmail.com
Website: www.duongdongfood.com
Price: VND 120,000 – VND 730,000
Open: 08:00 – Close: 18:00

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