Phu Quoc island has long been a popular destination for people visiting Vietnam. It’s quiet, peaceful, and a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life, and just sit on the beach and relax. But another reason to visit Phu Quoc besides the beautiful white beaches and solitude is the food. In Phu Quoc they also have some amazing cuisine that is found no where else, so next time your in Phu Quoc before to try these special dishes and prepare to be amazed.
1. Herring salad
Herrings are numerous all year round in Phu Quoc. Therefore, herring salad in Phu Quoc is always fresh and delicious, no matter when you visit. Herrings are cleaned and sliced into small and thin pieces. Chili, lemon extract and onion are mixed with processed fish. The necessary ingredients for this dish are herbs taken from the forest on the island, copra, dry rice pancake and Phu Quoc fish sauce with chili, garlic and dry peanuts. All the ingredients mixed together make a special taste which is fragrant, crunchy, fleshy delicious, spicy and bold. This creates the unique flavor for Phu Quoc herring salad.
2. Sea urchin (Nhum)
The most popular way to cook sea urchin is by grilling them. Sea urchin is cleaned and roasted over charcoal fire until you can smell the aroma. Salt and lime juice are added . You can even try a with a bit of mustard and eat it raw with a mug of beer, though do to their poisonous nature this could be a bit risky. You can also try sea urchin soup , sautéed sea urchin or sea urchin paste. The sea urchin meat is mixed with pepper, spring onion, and, of course, fish sauce. It’s then deep fried and served with roasted rice paper, herb, green banana and, what else, Phu Quoc fish sauce. Sea Urchin has long been a favorite of the natives of Phu Quoc Island, and so many ways have been divised to eat this delicious sea food.