Nem nướng Cái Răng
Considered the best dish in Can Tho by many Cái Răng’s Grilled Pork Roll (Nem nướng Cái Răng) is made from fresh minced pork, which is swept then kneaded into round meat balls, next it’s grilled on a hot coal stove. Cái Răng’s Grilled Pork Roll (Nem nướng Cái Răng) is eaten with herbs, green banana, cucumber, pineapple, starfruit, etc.. You hold half of a rice paper in your hand, add the vegetables mentioned above then put a Grilled Pork Roll on, roll it and eat with special sauce. It creates a kind of spring roll that is packed with flavor. If you don’t like soya sauce, you can substitute with fish sauce mixed with lemon, minced garlic and chillis. This is one of the best dishes in Vietnam and is not only amazingly delicious, but extremely healthy too. Everything in this dish is served fresh.
The main ingredient of this dish is salted fish made of ca linh (a species of small fish). When boiling the dish, it creates a distinct and mouth-watering smell of salted fished. The dishes other ingredients include mixed lean and fat meat, eel, snail, soya curd. However, the most attractive and healthy ingredients are the dozens of fresh vegetables namely lotus rootstock, water-lily, colza, coriander, banana flower, water hyacinth, etc. This dish is a kind of hot pot and is served as a soup. The vegetables are added after the soup is heated up and together make for a healthy and delicious eating experience.
Bánh tằm bì
This recipe is very famous in Southern Vietnam and definitely well deserved to be on the list of Best Vietnamese Food. Its taste is special: the Vietnamese spaghetti, a kind of thick noodle made from rice, is steamed and served with clear fish sauce, fried pork, coconut milk, vegetables, bean sprouts & pickled vegetable. And if you like, a little bit of Stir fried spring onions with fat (Mỡ hành). Together they make a unique mix of sweet and salty. There’s the sweet of the coconut mixed with the saltiness of the pork. This is dish is popular as a breakfast dish and is a favourite of many Vietnamese in Saigon.
Bánh tét lá cẩm
“Banh tet la cam” has a very distinct taste. It is made from fragrant sticky rice soaked with la cam to get a purple colour. When the sticky rice is well done, it has a velvety purple, covering stuffed with meat, egg, grease, green bean, etc… It looks attractive when it is made with many different colours such as green, red, purple, yellow, and brown. The egg or meat is stuffed inside of the sticky rice and then wrapped like a spring roll, and usually wrapped in banana leaf. It has a kind of gelatinous texture and tastes strongly of the meat or egg mixture inside. It’s makes for a very colorful looking snack.
Chuối nếp nướng
This is the most popular dish in the Mekong delta region of Vietnam. A Banana is wrapped in sticky rice, then the two are grilled together and eaten with coconut milk. This is a delicious treat and is often eaten as a dessert, it’s also popular as a street food and can be found all over Saigon.