Can Tho is the biggest city in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, about 2 million people are living here. Similar to other cities in the Delta, the central area of the city really comes alive after the sun goes down. During the day don’t expect to see much interesting, after dark the area becomes a gathering point for locals and tourists and a great place to just hang out and shop the numerous authentic Vietnamese stores or eat at the restaurants, some of them offering really excellent value for the money. Overall it’s a very friendly city and a much less crowded with traffic then HCM
To experience this evening life, we booked an evening food tour, by foot, at Mekongstours a local agency offering several trips in the region. Together with our guide we had a group of four people, really nice for this activity.
Celebrate Mekong Street Food.
Our firststop is “Nem Nuong”; they are serving pork BBQ rolled up in rice paper with rice noodles, lettuce, thin banana slices, Asian basil, mint, pineapple, coriander, fresh herbs and leave. It looks really delicious and healthy and you can dip in a yummy sweet-spicy sauce. Our guide was explaining everything and assisting us in preparing the Vietnamese spring rolls. I found them very tasty.
At the second stop we are having an old traditional recipe; cake cuffs.
They are preparing here the cake cuffs already 30 years with the same recipe.
First cut your cake into 4 pieces and together with lettuce, mint, spring onions and fresh herbs I prepared a small package of 1 piece. Dip it into the fish sauce and put it into my mouth; delicious. This can be repeated 4 times, wonderful experience.
The third stop “Bia Lanh 74” is a small bar, offering beer with small food. We found the beer already great; the temperature is still 28 degrees at 8 o’clock pm. Here we were served 2 hot clay pots, one with aubergine and pork and one with ginger and tofu, both with onions and herbs. The food is cooked on the table; in a small cup with some soya sauce I found the taste really delicious. This place is the only place in South Vietnam preparing this food.
They are also offering a third pot, mouse from the south grown up in the rice fields; we have not tried this.
For the desert we went to the river. Arriving at the riverside, a friendly lady, known by the Can Tho youth since their childhood, “Di map” (Jie map), makes us the yummiest sticky rice. It is made with different ingredients that result in yellow or pink colour and served with dried coconut on top. The taste was again great.
We had a wonderful evening, had great food, learned a lot about Vietnamese culture, food and people.
If you have ever the change of doing this tour; just do it.