Vinh Long is located in the Mekong Delta and was created in 1976. The province is bounded by the Tien and Hau River. the weather can be divided into 2 typical seasons: the dry and the rainy season. The dry season starts from December to April. The weather is ideal for outdoor activities. The rest months belong to the rainy seasons. The perfect time to visit Vinh Long is the fruit season, from June to July. A lot of tropical fruits are ready to harvest at this time. Besides, Vinh Long is not only well-known for its beautiful landscapes, but also many local specialties. Let’s find out What to eat in Vinh Long and what to do in Vinh Long with Mekong’s Smile Tour!
What to eat in Vinh Long
1. What to eat in Vinh Long – Rambutans
Vinh Long rambutans are always on the top of what to eat in Vinh Long because many types of rambutans are the tastiest here. The Thai rambutans here have a deep red, soft thorns, milky pulp, and a sweet taste when it ripe. However, longan rambutans are smaller with dark-yellow color and smell like longans. The harvesting season of rambutans lasts from May to July but now due to the development of biology, farmers can also grow rambutans at other periods of the year.
Where to enjoy Vinh Long rambutans in Vinh Long: An Binh Rambutan Orchards in An Binh Oasis -(An Binh Oasis, Long Ho District, Vinh Long.)
2. Marian mangoes in Vinh Long
Marian mangoes used to be wild fruits growing in the An Giang and Vinh Long provinces. Although Marian mangoes look like mangoes, they have some distinctive features if we look at them carefully. There are two kinds of Marian mangoes in Vinh Long: the sour and the sweet Marian mangoes. According to local people, sour Marian mangoes have a round shape, thin skin, and dark- yellow color. However, the sweet Marian mangoes have an oval shape, thick skin, and light yellow color.
Besides enjoying Marian mangoes in the garden, visitors have a chance to enjoy food made from this fruit as Marian mangoes macerated with sugar and Marian mangoes juice. Alike oranges and mandarins, the mangoes are rich in vitamin C and other minerals which are good for health. The harvest season of Marian mangoes lasts from January to March in the lunar calendar. Therefore, it is the perfect time for tourists to come and enjoy this fruit in the garden.
Where to enjoy Marian mangoes in Vinh Long: Mr. Hai Marian mangoes orchard (Thuan An Commune, Binh Minh District, Vinh Long)
3. Nam Roi Pomelo in Vinh Long
Nam Roi Pomelo is the most popular pomelo in the south of Vietnam. More importantly, Nam Roi pomelo in Binh Minh, Vinh Long is famous for its delicious, rich grapes with a sweet and sour taste. First, the name “Nam Roi Pomelo” is originally from Mr. Bui Van Tuoc. He received a new kind of pomelos in An Giang. After that, he brought it home and planted it. Because this pomelo is precious, he asked his children not to pick the pomelo fruit. If they pick it without permission, they will be caned five times. From then, people name it “Nam Roi Pomelo”.
Nam Roi pomelo has a wine gourd shape with a green-turning-yellow color since it ripes. The grapes are thick and juicy with a sweet and sour taste that makes people interested. There are two harvest seasons every year: August and December in the lunar calendar. When coming to Vinh Long, visitors can visit Nam Roi Pomelo orchards, pick the pomelo themselves and enjoy them right away. This will be an interesting experience in Vinh Long.
Where to enjoy Nam Roi pomelo in Vinh Long: My Loi Ward, My Hoa Commune, Binh Minh District, Vinh Long
4. Vinh Long Snails steamed with gingers
Steamed snails with gingers are always in the top of what to eat in Vinh Long because the dish is very sophisticated and popular in Vinh Long. In detail, before snails are ready to cook, residents immerse them into the water for over 6 hours to let all the dirt coming out. Then, they will boil the snails, take them out from their shells and dice the meat. Next, they mix grind pork, spices, with diced meat of the snails. Then, put the mixture inside the empty shells. Finally, they steam these snails with gingers and lemongrass. Snails steamed with gingers are served with sweet-sour fish sauce. The dish is savory and has a unique flavor that many people love it.
Where to enjoy Snails steamed with gingers in Vinh Long: Oc He Pho Restaurant (237 Tran Dai Nghia Street, 4 Ward, Vinh Long)
5. Bagridae fish cooked with celery and tomatoes in Vinh Long
Vinh Long is also famous for the dish – Bagridae fish cooked with celery and tomatoes. It is often served with herbs, cucumbers, or lotus roots. First, people prepare fresh Bagridae fish, celery, and tomatoes. Then, they cook the fish with these ingredients, add some lemon juice and other traditional spices. The fish is tender and naturally sweet, especially this fish has very few bones. Therefore, it tastes delicious due to the harmony between the fish, the spices, and the herbs.
Where to enjoy Bagridae fish cooked with celery and tomatoes in Vinh Long: Phuong Thuy Restaurant (1 Phan Boi Chau Street, 1 Ward, Vinh Long)
6. Vinh Long deep – fried giant gourami fish
When mentioning specialties in Vinh Long, we can’t miss Deep fried giant Gourami fish which is one of the iconic delicacies of Vinh Long. Before frying gourami fish, local people remove the scales and fins of the fish. Then they fry a giant gourami fish at a very high temperature in a big pan. Therefore, the outside of the fish is crispy, but the inside is still tender and sweet. Deep-fried giant gourami fish is served with local herbs and wrapped inside rice paper. Then, dip into the bowl of fish sauce made by a special recipe.
Where to enjoy Deep – fried giant gourami fish in Vinh Long: Ut Hang seafood (43/60, Nguyen Van Thiet Street, 4 Ward, Vinh Long)
7. Ganoi chicken hot pot
The Mekong Delta is home to many tasty hot pots, so Vinh Long is no exception with Ganoi chicken hot pot attracting many visitors. Ganoi is a Vietnamese breed of chicken and is used for cockfighting. Therefore, its meat is firmer and more tender than other breeds of chicken. Another secret of the dish is the broth which is cooked with peanut, Ganoi chicken, vegetables, and other spices. Thus, the broth is slightly sweet and smells delicious. The hot pot is served with mustard green leaves, bean sprouts, and other herbs.
Where to enjoy Ganoi chicken hot pot in Vinh Long: Nha San Restaurant (1A Highway, Tan Ngai Ward, Vinh Long)
8. Binh Tan Sweet potatoes
Binh Tan, Vinh Long is the capital of sweet potatoes in the Mekong Delta. With favorable natural conditions, sweet potatoes in Binh Tan are rich in nutritious values and have a sweet taste. There are various kinds of sweet potatoes here such as Japanese purple sweet potatoes, white sweet potatoes, honey-sweet potatoes, and others.
Sweet potatoes in Binh Tan are harvested twice a year: from February to March and from July to April. Visiting Binh Tan, tourists can enjoy many delicious dishes made from sweet potatoes as sweet potatoes snack, dried sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes jam, happy cakes and so on. It is great to visit Binh Tan, explore how farmers grow sweet potatoes and enjoy popular sweet potatoes dishes.
Where to enjoy Binh Tan Sweet potatoes in Vinh Long: Binh Tan District, Vinh Long
9. Lao Lục sĩ oasis rice paper wrappers
There various kinds of rice paper wrappers in Luc Si oasis such as traditional, grilled, sweet rice paper wrappers, and so on. These rice paper wrappers are made by hand with rice flour without using any chemicals. Thus, they have a typical flavor that is tender, soft, and a little salty. People use them to wrap with shrimp, meat, rice noodles, and dip into tamarin fish sauce.
Where to enjoy rice paper wrappers in Luc Si oasis in Vinh Long: May oasis rice paper wrappers (Tan Thanh Ward, Luc Si Thanh Commune, Tra On District, Vinh Long)
10. Grilled rice mice in Vinh Long
One of the most classical wild dishes in Vinh Long is grilled rice mice. People catch rice mice in the paddy field after the harvest season. They clean and prepare rice mice carefully in a traditional way before grilling them. Then, they marinate prepared rice mice with spices such as salt, peppers, fish sauce, garlic, and lemongrass. When the rice mice are done, it smells very attractive with a light yellow color. They are often served with coriander, herbs, and fish sauce.
Where to enjoy Grilled rice mice in Luc Si oasis in Vinh Long: Dong Khanh Restaurant ( 2/9 Street, 1 Ward, Vinh Long)
Top restaurants in Vinh Long
- Paris 1987 Restaurant and Cafe: 106, D1 Street, T95, Vinh Long
- Avengers Pub and Grill: 19,Muoi Bon Thang Chin Street, 1 Ward, Vinh Long
- Oc He Pho Restaurant: 237 Tran Dai Nghia Street, 4 Ward, Vinh Long
- Huong Que Restaurant: 88/1 Pham Thai Buong, 4 Ward, Vinh Long
- Thien Tan Restaurant: 56 Pham Thai Buong, 4 Ward, Vinh Long
- Phuong Thuy Restaurant: 1 Phan Boi Chau, 1 Ward, Vinh Long
- Bay Map beef hot pork: Long Thuan Ward, Long Phuoc Commune, Long Ho District, Vinh Long
- Pho cuisine Restaurant: 52/1, Pham Thai Buong, 4 Ward, Vinh Long
- Thoc Cafe and Restaurant: 19 Le Lai Street, 1 Ward, Vinh Long