What to eat in Tien Giang – Top specialty dishes in Tien Giang

Tien Giang is a crucial tourism province in the Southwest due to its many advantages in natural resources and geographical location. In addition to famous ecological attractions, the uniqueness of culinary culture is also a strength to attract tourists. So what to eat in Tien Giang? Now, let’s explore the specialty dishes and best restaurants in Tien Giang province with Mekong Smile Tour!

What to eat in Tien Giang?

1. What to eat in Tien Giang – My Tho clear rice noodle soup

My Tho clear rice noodle soup is a must-try dish when you visit Tien Giang. This dish was recognized as Asian records, announced by Asian Records Organization in 2013. In comparison to other kinds of clear rice noodles, My Tho clear rice noodles are thinner, more transparent, and crunchier. This dish also has seasoned ground pork, pig’s small intestine, toasted ground dried shrimp, deep-fried pork fat, pork liver. Depending on visitors’ preferences, the dish also includes shallots, lettuce, bean sprouts, and celery.

What makes My Tho clear rice noodle soup in different regions is the broth. The broth of this My Tho noodle soup is made from bone broth, adding a little salty taste of dried shrimp, grilled squid, radish. This kind of noodle soup can win the hearts of many dinners, including hard-to-please ones.

My Tho clear rice noodle soup in Tien Giang
My Tho clear rice noodle soup in Tien Giang

2. Bloating fern-shaped cake at Hang Bong market

Bloating fern-shaped cake is a familiar dish for people in Tien Giang. The cake is made of soft rice flour and has a round, thin shape. When you eat this cake in Tien Giang, the best place to enjoy that cake to the fullest and immerse yourself in local life is at street food shoulder poles at Hang Bong local market in My Tho city, Tien Giang province.

There are two types of bloating fern-shaped cakes at the market: savory and sweet. Inside the salty cake are usually green beans, sliced pork skin, fried bread, and fried onions. This savory cake is often eaten with a dipping sauce made from fish sauce, sugar, garlic, and chili. As for the sweet cake has a greasy taste mixed with the taste of fresh coconut milk.

Bloating fern-shaped cake at Hang Bong market
Bloating fern-shaped cake at Hang Bong market

3. Go Cong horseshoe crab

Tien Giang province has a pretty famous beach, Go Cong. This place has a specialty dish that is loved by many people, which is the horseshoe crabs. These horseshoe crabs can be made into various tasty dishes such as stir-fried sweet and sour horseshoe crab legs, etc. However, the tastiest dish is the grilled horseshoe crab with its eggs, which is extremely fatty and delicious. And this dish is usually served with lemon garlic chili sauce and some pickled radish, fried onions, peanuts, and herbs.

Grilled horseshoe crab with its eggs in Go Cong, Tien Giang
Grilled horseshoe crab with its eggs in Go Cong, Tien Giang

4. What to eat in Tien Giang – Tan Phong rice snail

Tan Phong Islet is located in the middle of the Tien River, in Cai Lay district, Tien Giang province. This place is well-known for rice snails. Especially, the best method of cooking rice snails is boiling. The greasy, sweet-tasty, and crunchy boiled snails are dipped in sweet, sour, and hot fish sauce dip made from lime, sugar, fish sauce, ginger, chili pepper. When you eat this dish, you will feel all the flavors blend together so you can’t stop eating

In addition, rice snails are also processed in many other ways such as snails embracing coconut water, snails fried with garlic and chili, rice snails rolled with rice paper.

Fried rice snail with chili and citronella
Fried rice snail with chili and citronella

5. Banana mixed with shredded coconut meat

Banana mixed with shredded coconut meat is one of the most unique food in Tien Giang. The main ingredients to make this dish are unripe bananas, shredded coconut, and peanuts. You can serve this with a variety of vegetables and dip it with sweet and sour dipping sauce. I think you might feel strange at first when you hear about this dish. But when you enjoy it you will feel a perfect taste that you have never tried before.

Banana mixed with shredded coconut meat
Banana mixed with shredded coconut meat

6. Goi Gia rice noodle soup

Goi Gia rice noodle soup is also a famous dish of Tien Giang and it tastes quite similar to a noodle soup cooked with fermented fish. However, the broth of Goi Gia rice noodle soup will be cooked with tamarind to have a sour taste. This dish is often used with boiled peeled shrimp, boiled pork ribs, boiled pork belly slices. In addition, the full bowl of Goi Gia rice noodle soup also includes fresh vegetables and herbs.

My Tho goi gia rice noodle soup
My Tho goi gia rice noodle soup

7. What to eat in Tien Giang – Cho Gao grilled cake

Cho Gao District in Tien Giang province is famous for grilled pork cake. The ingredients of this dish are duck eggs and pork shoulder. Especially, Cho Gao grilled cake impresses not only with its delicious taste but also its intricate preparation process. To have delicious grilled pork requires the chef to be very skillful and meticulous. After going through many sophisticated stages, Cho Gao grilled pork will be cut into small pieces and enjoyed with herbs, rice paper, and sweet and sour fish sauce.

Cho Gao grilled pork rolls when eaten will have an aromatic meat taste and the intense taste of raw vegetables with an attractive presentation. The more you chew, the more enjoyable it becomes.

Cho Gao grilled cake in Tien Giang
Cho Gao grilled cake in Tien Giang

8. Lo Ren star apple

Lo Ren star apple is a famous fruit in Vinh Kim commune, Chau Thanh district, Tien Giang province. This fruit is not only well-known among the people of Tien Giang but also tourists throughout the world.  Lo Ren star apple has thin skin, small seeds, thick flesh, round shape. Especially, it is very soft, fragrant, and has a sweet and refreshing taste.

Lo Ren star apple season usually starts from September to April next year. So if you visit Tien Giang at this time, remember to buy it as a gift for everyone!

Lo Ren star apple in Tien Giang
Lo Ren star apple in Tien Giang

9. What to eat in Tien Giang – Va cake

Coming to Giong market in Go Cong Tay district, Tien Giang province, travelers should not miss this Va cake. Va cake’s crust is made from rice flour, tapioca starch, soybean flour, egg. Its filling is made from wild shrimp, pork, pork liver, bean sprouts, wood ears, straw mushrooms, napa cabbage, mung beans, pig brains, and oil (or pork fat). When eating Va cake, it is cut into quarters, served with rice noodles, vegetables, herbs, pickles, and fish sauce dip.

Va cake in Tien Giang
Va cake in Tien Giang

10. Grilled snakehead

Grilled snakehead is a specialty dish that visitors could not miss in Tien Giang. Usually, people do not grill fish on charcoal but with straw. Then people put grilled fish on banana leaves, served with raw vegetables and tamarind sauce, sweet and sour… Visitors will be attracted by the taste that only the West has.

Grilled snakehead served with raw vegetables and tamarind sauce
Grilled snakehead served with raw vegetables and tamarind sauce

11. Porridge with snakehead and knotgrass

If you have the opportunity to come to Tien Giang, you should definitely try this dish because of its delicious and irresistible taste. Porridge is cooked with snakehead fish meat without being fishy. In particular, the bitter taste of knotgrass when eaten with hot porridge is extremely suitable, creating a feeling of extremely stimulating taste. The taste of knotgrass is bitter at first, but then you will feel a sweet taste in the throat. Pick up a piece of fish dipped in fish sauce, then serve with a spoonful of hot porridge, you will not be able to resist the deliciousness of this dish.

Porridge with snakehead and knotgrass
Porridge with snakehead and knotgrass

Best restaurants Tien Giang

1. Loc Pho restaurant

Loc Pho Restaurant is one of the famous restaurants in Tien Giang. This place attracts a lot of tourists as well as locals here. The location of the restaurant is right on Tran Hung Dao street, so it’s easy to find. The restaurant has a spacious space and a very nice garden style

The menu has a variety of attractive dishes such as grilled pork ribs, fish cakes, grilled seafood, steamed crabs, etc. Besides, the staff here are very enthusiastic and quick to serve.

Garden space in Loc Pho restaurant in Tien Giang
Garden space in Loc Pho restaurant in Tien Giang
  • Address: 922 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 5, My Tho City, Tien Giang

2. Rang Dong restaurant

Rang Dong Restaurant is the place to serve parties and birthdays. Moreover, this place is also chosen by many tours as a dining stop. The restaurant has many delicious dishes such as steamed fish, grilled shrimp, grilled oysters, etc. In addition, the restaurant also serves fried rice and grilled chicken dishes.

Grilled shrimp in Rang Dong restaurant
Grilled shrimp in Rang Dong restaurant
  • Address: 40/5 Le Thi Hong Gam, Ward 4, Tien Giang.

3. Cuisine restaurant 284

Cuisine restaurant 284 is a well-known restaurant in Tien Giang. The restaurant space is spacious and clean, bringing satisfaction to diners. Besides, the restaurant also has a spacious parking space.

The restaurant’s menu has a variety of delicious dishes such as stir-fried frogs, three colors salad, the grilled turtle with salt and pepper, etc.

Steamed squid with ginger and onion in cuisine restaurant 284
Steamed squid with ginger and onion in cuisine restaurant 284
  • Address: 284 Ly Thuong Kiet, Ward 5, My Tho City, Tien Giang

4. Trung Luong restaurant

Trung Luong restaurant is located at Trung Luong junction, the gateway to My Tho city. This place has long been an ideal destination for domestic and foreign tourists. This restaurant is designed with ancient architecture, garden space, pond banks in harmony with nature. Therefore, you will feel extremely relaxed when enjoying the food here. Moreover, the staff here are very enthusiastic and friendly.

The restaurant sells many famous specialties such as My Tho clear rice noodle soup, fried fish, fried sticky rice, and many rustic dishes in the west of the river.

Trung Luong restaurant entrance in My Tho, Tien Giang
Trung Luong restaurant entrance in My Tho, Tien Giang
  • Address: Ap Bac, Ward 10, My Tho City, Tien Giang.

5. Hu tieu sa te Chin Hoang restaurant

Clear rice noodle soup is one of the favorite dishes in Tien Giang. Unlike clear rice noodle soup at other restaurants, this dish at Chin Hoang restaurant is quite strange in taste. The difference here is that the noodle dish has more unripe bananas, fragrant soup, sweet and tender meat. Moreover, the menu of the restaurant also has a variety of drinks: soy milk, pennywort juice, soft drinks, etc.

Rice noodle soup in Hu tieu sa te Chin Hoang restaurant
Rice noodle soup in Hu tieu sa te Chin Hoang restaurant
  • Address: 206A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 1, My Tho City, Tien Giang.

6. Minh Phat 2-3 restaurant

Minh Phat 2-3 restaurant is an ideal stop to enjoy breakfast dishes in Tien Giang. The restaurant’s menu has a variety of breakfast dishes such as omelet, braised beef noodle soup, broken rice, etc.

Broken rice in Minh Phat 2-3 restaurant
Broken rice in Minh Phat 2-3 restaurant
  • Address: National Route 1A, My Duc Dong Commune, Cai Be District, Tien Giang Province.

7. Di Nam restaurant

Di Nam restaurant is evaluated by people with three words “delicious-nutritious-cheap”. Because of the familiar and close name, the restaurant has brought a cozy feeling to the guests coming here.  Although the space is small, it is beautifully decorated and airy. Di Nam restaurant specializes in selling cakes such as steamed banana cake, sponge cake, etc.

Steamed banana cake in Di Nam restaurant
Steamed banana cake in Di Nam restaurant
  • Address: 981 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 5, My Tho City, Tien Giang.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ti%E1%BB%81n_Giang_Province

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