Taking a trip to Ben Tre is something you can’t miss if you want to have a fantastic tour to Vietnam. You will be amazed by the simplicity, yet beauty of the region. For miles the coconut trees cover the land, the gardens with fruits ripe on the trees, the people are friendly, simple, and adorable. And last but not least, the foods are just incredibly amazing.
1. Coconut candy
Accompanying with the green of the coconut is the sweetness of the coconut candy which has become the icon of this delightful wonderland. To create a chewy, yet sweet and irresistible coconut candy, it is required a little bit of secret. Choosing the right coconut and adding the special ingredients, the people of Ben Tre consider making candy as an art and tradition more than as a business (although it is a very flourishing one).
Nowadays, there are so many types of coconut candies with so many different flavors: cacao coconut candy, durian coconut candy, peanut coconut candy. Each has a distinguish flavor but retain the most important factor: the flavor of the coconut.
2. Coconut core salad
The “Củ hủ dừa” is the name of the core of the coconut. It can be found at the top of the tree, hidden inside the roots of the branches. The core is white and sweet, covered by a thin layer of capsule, and is big quite big. There are many ways to cook the core, and there are also many delicious dishes which have the core as main ingredients. Some dishes such as fried Củ hủ dừa with chicken organs, fried Củ hủ dừa with Vietnamese pancakes, fried Củ hủ dừa with shrimp, Củ hủ dừa salad, stew Củ hủ dừa with pork, Củ hủ dừa with meatball soup, or just simple eat it raw.
Coconut core salad
The coconut core is sweet, fresh, cool and highly nutritious, especially minerals, and it is good for digestive system. Don’t forget to try the Củ hủ dừa when you have the chance to visit Ben Tre.
3. Coconut wine
Coconut wine is a special cuisine of Ben Tre. Unlike other wines, the coconut wine will not make you drunk but just a special taste. The wine is more like a strong, sweet and elegant cocktail.
Coconut wine is now a very famous product. The wine “bottle” made of the coconut shell, hanged in a basket is a perfect gift for anybody. Not only the wine is a part of Ben Tre, the wine also extends the long list of alcohol beverages of Vietnam.
4. Roasted snail with coconut milk
There are many types of snails which you can use to cook the delicious roasted snail with coconut milk. The fat and rich of the coconut milk blend with the elegant sweet of the snails are exceptionally enchanting. In all of the phases of making the dish, marinating is the most important one. While the snails and the coconut milk are indispensable, the lemongrass, garlic, chili, sugar, salt, and fish sauce are the key to success.
Roasted snail with coconut milk
Eating the snails and sipping the coconut milk, you will encounter the richness, the spicy, and the fatness from all of the ingredients.
5. Coconut jam
Coconut jam is a traditional cuisine in Tet, anniversary of the Southern people, and also the people in Ben Tre as well. To make the jam, the coconut has to be ripped and taken only of the meat inside. Scrubbing the meat, removing the shell which might still stick on it, the cook will also need to chop the meat into long, thin pieces, rewash the coconut meat, mix the meat with sugar, put the mixture on small fire, and fry until the coconut meat is all dried up.
The coconut jam has to be dried, and also sweet. The jam can also use some colors from pineapple leaves or beetroot.
6. Termites Mushroom
Coming to Ben Tre, people tend to think about the coconut tree more than anything else. Well, Ben Tre also has more to offer. One special cuisine is the termites mushroom. The mushroom grows on a termite soil extrusion, and usually edible since April of the lunar year until the mushrooms die on about July. The best time to collect the mushroom is May. The mushroom is rich, sweet, and a bit chewy, which is a feature of this mushroom. The mushroom is highly nutritious, and could help fight aging.
The mushroom is easy to make: make soup with pork leg, roll to make salad, fry with coconut core, hot pot, core of the traditional pancake… One simple formula which is favored by the locals is to grill with chili salt. The sweet of the mushroom combines with the hot of the chili is just strange, yet worth trying.
Any places in Vietnam is a potential tourist destination with diversified culture, beautiful sceneries and of course fantastic cuisine that can make you have to stay longerand leave you unforgettable memories.
Besides Ben Tre, the Southern Vietnam also has plenty of great spots for tourists to make experience, like Ho Chi Minh city, An Giang,… So you will never have to worry that your journey to Vietnam is too short or the experience that you get will be just the same in every destinations. Well, Vietnam is truly a place worth to visit, right!
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