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Banh canh Phu Quoc – a new specialty for Phu Quoc foodie tour

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For those who are fascinated with Vietnamese cuisine, you must not miss out this must eat food in Phu Quoc.

How to make banh canh Phu Quoc-the recipe for Phu Quoc foodies

Phu Quoc is an amazing tourism island in southern Vietnam. It has the cleanest beaches with powder white sand and clear turquoise waters. When you come to Phu Quoc, nature is not the only thing you could enjoy but also the food that would lift your taste buds. Especially the dish called “Banh Canh Phu Quoc” is absolutely worth a try. “Banh Canh Phu Quoc” is a bowl of rice noodle, flavorful broth and the most important ingredient that makes the dish stand out – fried mackerel fish cake. You can find it in almost any Phu Quoc travel tours.

A must-eat dish on Phu Quoc island

A must-eat dish on Phu Quoc island

 

Ingredients you need

  • Fresh Mackerel – whole fish (with no guts).
  • Banh canh (rice noodle): Rice flour, tapioca flour, salt.
  • Topping: chopped scallion, sliced onion, minced garlic, pepper.

 

Preparation

Step 1: Banh canh – thick rice noodle

Pour the rice flour into a mixing bowl, after that is tapioca flour, salt and boiling water. Knead the mixture until it soft and become none-sticky. Put the dough into the potato ricer to create the udon-like-form noodle. If you don’t have a potato ricer, you can roll flat the dough and cut it into noodle threads. Boil the noodle and let it rest.

The soft and chewy rice noodle

The soft and chewy rice noodle

Step 2: The Delicious Fish Broth

Firstly, clean and butcher the fish and left the fillets aside. After that, put the bones and the fish head into boiling water. Always set the heat at high to let it simmer and remember to skim the foam on the surface to have a clearer broth. Strain to separate the broth from bones and fish head.

Step 3: Fried Mackerel fish cake– the soul of the soup

Remove the skin from the fillet then cut it into small chunks. Mince the chunks until it turns to a paste-like texture. Add spices such as salt, pepper and scallion to the fish paste and then deep fry it until it turns golden brown. 

The outstanding mackerel fish cake

The outstanding mackerel fish cake

Step 4: Finishing a bowl of Banh Canh Phu Quoc

Put some noodles in a bowl, add slices of the fish cake on top of it then pour the broth around and finish it with some onion slices, fried garlic and a punch of scallion. The aroma would make your stomach growls immediately.

The dish is so tempting only by looking at it

The dish is so tempting only by looking at it

Enjoy Banh Canh Phu Quoc correctly

First of all, taste a full spoon of broth for appetizer; some said it will make the dish tastier. After that, use the chopsticks to grab some noodles in one hand and take a slice of the fish and broth in the other one. You actually can’t put both in the same time but just chew it together. Imagine you can taste all the essential flavors at once and it would definitely explode your taste buds. 

 

1. Banh Canh Phung

This is the most popular place for eating Banh Canh, some people even said the Banh Canh here is the best on the entire island. Phung only opens in the morning. The place is always crowded with the locals and tourists so you have to come early because the noodle soup would be sold out really quickly.

27 Bach Dang Street, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc

 

2. Banh Canh Hanh

Hanh stays open longer than Phung and also located on Bach Dang Street. It closes at about 9 pm so you can eat Banh Canh for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The noodle soup is always served hot to hungry customers.

22 Bach Dang Street, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc

22 Bach Dang Street, Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc

 

3. Banh Canh Den Dau

“Den Dau” in English means “oil lantern”. The reason for the name is because back in the old days, the place is only lighten by an oil lantern and had no official name so people use this highlight to call it. The “oil lantern” has been selling Banh Canh for 20 years and has no exact address, you need to come to 30 thang 4 Street and ask around.

The most delicious supper you could ever have

The most delicious supper you could ever have

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