Can Tho specialties

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Breakfast on the river
Date: 20/02/2020

Cai Rang Floating Market is not only a place for vendors to sell local products, but also a place for visitors to explore Can Tho's cuisine.
To explore Cai Rang floating market, you have to come early in the morning, because when the sun is up, this place will no longer be crowded with vendors. The boats are anchored close to each other, selling a variety of items, from fruits, agricultural products to unique dishes of the Vietnamese western region.

After a short excursion, it is best to have a bowl of noodles, bun rieu cua (Vietnamese crab noodles) or hot bowl of chao long (Vietnamese pork organ porridge) that are sold on small wooden boats. You only need stay in your seat on the boat and call a nearby food boat. The traders on the food boat will quickly get close to you and use an iron hook to attach to the passenger boat.

A bowl of rice noodles has an average price of 25,000-30,000 VND. The early morning sunlight shone on the pot of broth, warming the dish. Slurping rice noodles in the chilly early morning, you can enjoy the rich taste of the broth blended with the sweetness of the meat, the freshness of raw vegetables, the pungency of chili and the sourness of fresh lemon.

Another "specialty" of this region is the smile of the traders. You will be impressed by the sweet voices and friendly service of the Westerners.

It is impossible not to mention the drinks, that’s why the “mobile” coffee shops are very popular in the floating market.

The coffee shop on the wooden boat serves drinks with a diverse menu of soy milk, black coffee, milk coffee, coconut water, soft drinks, etc., with an average price of 10,000 VND.

If you want to eat dessert, there are bánh tiêu (Vietnamese hollow donut - yellow), bánh da lợn (colored steamed layer cake - being picked), bánh bò (steamed sponge cake - white) and so on. Each of them costs 5,000-7,000 VND.

If you have an opportunity to stop by Can Tho, try eating coconut leaf cake, a rustic Western gift with the fragrance of sticky rice, sweet scent of coconut and green beans fillings together with the distinctive aroma of coconut leaves.

Breakfast on the river is one of the most unique cultural features in the Western region. It is an interesting experience when we have breakfast on a wooden boat gently rocked by the waves. The dishes not only show culinary culture but also feature the simplicity and friendliness of the people here.

From Can Tho City, visitors have many ways to reach Cai Rang floating market, the oldest and busiest market in the river. You can go to the floating market by boat from Ninh Kieu wharf, or by car or motorbike.

Source: VnExpress - Translated by Hoang Dat

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