Referring to Chau Doc, people immediately think of the pilgrimage of tourists to visit Ba Chua Xu Temple, Thoai Ngoc Hau Mausoleum to pray for a peaceful family. Famous for its sacred temples, Chau Doc annually attracts about 3 million tourists. However, Chau Doc is not just a pilgrimage place, but it is also famous for its delicious food, specialties in the West of the river. If you are planning to visit Chau Doc – An Giang, do not miss the specialty food here. So what to eat in Chau Doc? Here is a list of the specialty food and best restaurants in Chau Doc that Mekong Smile Tour gives you.
What to eat in Chau Doc
1. Chau Doc snakehead fish rice noodles
Coming to Chau Doc, visitors definitely have to try Chau Doc snakehead fish rice noodles or Chau Doc fish noodles. This dish is not created by the Vietnamese but imported from neighboring Cambodia. However, after many years with changes to suit the taste of Vietnamese people, the dish gradually becomes a favorite dish that is popular with many people.
The success of the dish lies in the broth that is cooked from the fish broth so it is very sweet. The fish meat is stir-fried with turmeric to create a very attractive yellow color. In addition, Chau Doc fish noodles can be served with roasted pork and sesbania sesban flowers which create a great taste.
2. What to eat in Chau Doc – Steamed palm sugar rice cake
Coming to Chau Doc, in addition to the fish noodles dish, this place is also famous for its delicious steamed palm sugar rice cake. Local people use palm sugar to make this cake. The cake is made from Nang Nhen Cu rice. The rice is ground into flour and then cooked with palm sugar and some rice wine juice. The cake has a moderately spongy taste, combined with the sweetness of palm sugar, the coconut. All flavors blend together to create a Chau Doc steamed palm sugar rice cake typical of the river region.
3. What to eat in Chau Doc – Seven beef dishes
After visiting Sam mountain, tourists can make a short stop to taste the famous seven dishes of beef. Seven beef dishes of Sam Mountain include boiled beef, baked beef, mixed beef, beef porridge, fried beef, beef rattles, and beefsteak. The beef here is soft, the sweetness is very natural. Like beef stir-fry with Giang leaves has the sweetness of beef, the sweet and sour taste of Giang leaves. Moreover, it has the aroma of pepper powder, the pungency of chili, the fat of roasted peanuts, and coconut milk.
4. Tung Lo Mo sausage
Tung Lo Mo sausage is also known as beef sausage, is a Cham ethnic people’s regional dish in Chau Doc. The Cham around Chau Doc, who practice a form of Islam, abstain from pork. Therefore, Tung Lo Mo sausage has become the main dish during religious ceremonies. And strings of sausages are hanged to dry along the streets on the outskirts, and visitors can see them everywhere.
Locals cut it into small slices and grill on a charcoal stove until it gives off a fragrance. When it is cooked, they chop it up into desirable size. Locals usually dip it in soy sauce and eat it with rice. When bitten, it creates an explosion of tastes and flavors. Has the aromatic, fatty taste of roast beef and the sour, sweet, savory, and spicy flavors of soy sauce, basil, and pepper.
5. What to eat in Chau Doc – Indica salad
Azadirachta Indica tree is a plant that grows quite a lot in Chau Doc. And their leaves are often processed by people here into a very special dish that is Indica salad. Young leaves, Azadirachta Indica flowers are washed, then bare through boiling water to reduce bitterness. The ingredients such as cucumber, pineapple, sliced mango are mixed with dried snakehead fish or dried fish with a little shrimp. Enjoying this dish is very simple, you just need to dip it with tamarind fish sauce. There is only one salad dish, but it has all the flavors such as bitter, spicy, sour, and sweet.
6. Fermented seafood
Chau Doc is known as the capital of fermentation, or “mam” in Vietnamese. And the locals use a variety of spices to preserve different types of seafood. “Mam” is normally served with rice in Vietnam. It has a slightly sweet flavor at first, but a salty finish. Visitors can find and try this specialty at Chau Doc market.
7. Typical dishes made from sesbania sesban flowers
Sesbania sesban flowers are used in a variety of Chau Doc dishes, especially during the floating season. Locals often use sesban flowers to cook sour soup, pickle, or eat as raw vegetables. Tourists visiting An Giang during the rising season should try the sesban flower sour soup. You will taste the sweetness of the vegetable and fish, and then the sour of the tamarind, and the spicy that the chili brings about.
Best restaurants in Chau Doc
1. Chau Doc Hoi Quan restaurant
Chau Doc Hoi Quan restaurant is an affordable restaurant. It not only attracts people in Chau Doc city but also serves as a stopover for many groups of tourists passing through the city. The restaurant has a large area, comfortable seats. Especially, the space of the restaurant is marked by cool leaf huts. The hut space creates certain privacy for diners. The restaurant mainly serves Western dishes such as sour soup, fish stew, hot pot sauce
- Address: 64 – 68 Hoang Dieu Street, Chau Phu B Ward, Chau Doc, An Giang
2. Phu Huong restaurant
If tourists come to Chau Doc and want to enjoy delicious “pho”, they can visit Phu Huong restaurant. This place will give visitors a taste of the traditional characteristics of the North. Besides, the restaurant also has airy space, and clean.
- Address: 78 Nguyen Van Thoai Street, Chau Phu A Ward, Chau Doc, An Giang
3. Dong Que restaurant
Located on Trung Nu Vuong Street, Dong Que is one of the most famous eating places in Chau Doc that tourists should visit if there is a chance. Because of the quality of the excellent food products and the diverse menu, this restaurant has attracted many tourists from near and far every day. Among all the dishes in the restaurant, the hot pot sauce is considered the best. In addition, dried pangasius mixed with vinegar, beef squeezed, grilled beef are also the dishes that visitors should try when coming here.
- Address: 108 Trung Nu Vuong Street, Ward 8, Chau Doc, An Giang.
4. Com tam Mai restaurant
Famous for its unique and delicious broken rice with grilled pork chop, Com Tam Mai restaurant is the ideal place to eat and drink when you have the opportunity to come to Chau Doc city. The restaurant, although has a little space, is very clean and hygienic.
- Address: 93 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Chau Phu A Ward, Chau Doc, An Giang
5. Quang Chinh Hieu restaurant
Chau Doc people are no strangers to Quang Chinh Hieu restaurant. That is one of the restaurants that you should not miss when you come to eat food in Chau Doc. Because this is a famous restaurant with dishes made from goat meat. Under the skillful hands of the kitchen team, the restaurant sends diners a diverse menu with attractive dishes such as roasted goat, lime green goat, fried goat, ginger steamed goat,… to goat hot pot.
- Address: 170 Hoang Dieu Street, Chau Doc, An Giang
6. Tu Nhien beef hot pot restaurant – Sam mountain
After 1 day of visiting Sam Mountain Historic Site, you can visit Tu Nhien beef hotpot restaurant to enjoy the famous beef hotpot. The restaurant serves dishes made from beef such as beef dumplings, white beef tamarind, lemongrass beef, beef hotpot, fried rice with beef, … In addition, the plus point for the restaurant is the spacious, very clean, and more nimble staff.
- Address: Nui Sam, Chau Doc, An Giang
The specialty dishes in Chau Doc make all visitors have to remember its taste forever. Therefore, when you have the opportunity to come to Chau Doc, you must definitely try this food here.