Dong Thap Cuisine: a real treat of Mekong Delta

Situated around 170 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Thap Province lies by the Tien River in the Mekong Delta and possesses various appealing destinations likeTram Chim National Park, Gao Giong Eco-Tourism Park, Xeo Quyt Eco-tourism site, Sa Dec flower village, and the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le, and Kien An Cung Pagoda.

However, above all, when you join the Mekong delta tour and stop at Dong Thap provinc, you must be stroke to be treated exotic delicious dishes. Upon arrival at Tram Chim, it’s advised that you treat yourselves a traditional lunch inside a canal side bamboo tent surrounded by cajuput forests, fields of green grass Eleocharis, and among different species of birds.

Paddy field mice have been a specialty of Mekong Delta since the early days, and remember to dare trying Cao Lanh grilled filed-mouse as it also reflects the lifestyle of the locals: just eat what you have.

The deep fried mice do not only look eye-catching but it is really mouthwatering with the meat tasting soft, sweet and aromatic.

Dong Thap is known as the cradle of lotus in the South so grilled snakehead fish covered in young lotus leaves is another specialty with this special flower.

Mentioning Dong Thap will never be enough without fish and its dishes. The fish is grilled in the exclusive style of southern farmers here in a bamboo stick that is pierced through the fish before it is roasted over coal fire and then wrapped in a fresh lotus leaf. The great smell of the grilled fish mixed with the pleasant scent of the lotus leaf is the thing tourists would not forget afterwards.