“Hotpot” in the Mekong Delta

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In Vietnam, a hot pot is called lẩu or cù lao, and the sour soup called canh chua is often cooked in hot pot style (called lẩu canh chua). The generic term for a salted fish hot pot is lẩu mắm.

Hotpot can be found in most of the cities and provinces in the Mekong Delta.
If you are in Can Tho City, you must go to the Hotpot alley located at Hem 1 Ly Tu Trong dubbed Hẻm Vit Nau Chao, the Hot Pot Alley is one of the attractions for locals and students in the Xuan Khanh Quarter that is still a kind of secret tipp in Can Tho even though it recently started to becoming popular with expats as well (especially with those who are not afraid of Vietnamese only menus). The alley hosts about a dozen restaurants all offering the same specialty, Can Tho Hot Pot in different styles with fresh fish from the Mekong river or with Duck (also a local specialty).

Hot Pots are served on a fire cooker on your table. As the soup gets cooking you can add different vegetables, leaves, egg noodles or rice noodles, tofu and eggs. You only pay for the side dishes you use and you can order more of any dish you wish. You also get free refills of the hot pot soup. Ask for “them nuoc” meaning more water. It might seem unusual to put in some of the leaves into the hot pot, but try and you will love it. The dishes you will find in most places are:

  • Vit Nau Chao (Duck hot pot)
  • Lau Hai San (Seafood hot pot)
  • Lau Ca Keo (Fish hot pot, small fish that looks similar to Eel)
  • Lau Chua (Sweet sour hot pot with river fish)

As the menu is usually only in Vietnamese, you can just look around at other tables when you enter the restaurant and point out, that you would like to order the same. You will also often find a friendly local who speaks some English or German and will be happy to help you. They will probably cheer to you with beer and will be glad to talk to you more afterwards.

Some places are very full. These are the best. Do not be afraid to enter a place that looks like there are no more tables available, just take your time, look out for the waiter and indicate the number of people you are all together (e.g. show two fingers and say “hai nguoi” meaning “two people”). They will then find a table for you or clean up some space.

A more romantic restaurant than the usual neon light places is located in the alley towards Ly Tu Trong street. They have some colorful lamps and you can also sit outside. If you are up for an even more local experience choose one of the restaurants further down the alley.

The Hot Pot Alley (Hẻm Vit Nau Chao) is located between Mau Than Street and Ly Tu Trong Street. As many of these small alleys do not show up on tourist maps or online maps, you might need to ask somebody on the street for directions, but it is also not difficult to find if you stick to the directions here: From Mau Than Streetenter Hem 142 Mau Than opposite the yellow painted Hotel Xoai, after a hundred metres there is a bifurcation. Turn left here and continue on the alley when it turns right. You will cross a tiny bridge and see the first restaurant shortly after that. From Ly Tu Trong Street enter Hem 1 Ly Tu Trong close to Luu Huu Phuoc Park.

Nam Mon The Boutique Hotel also does food tours in Can Tho, the 1st & Original Bite tour on the back of the bikes. When you do not know the vietnamese language, afraid to take your first step into the shop or don’t know what to order, this is your chance. The hotel organise such food tours to cater to travelers who are food lovers and dare to try new things. If you are interested, click here for more information.

You may also contact us at +84 932862168 (outside Vietnam), 0932862168 (inside Vietnam)

Homestay in Mekong Delta

Can Tho

Hung Homestay
Can Tho, Vietnam

Minh Viet Homestay
245/1 Phu Quoi, Cai Rang, Can Tho 

Nguyen Shack – Mekong River Homestay
Ong Tim Bridge, Thanh My Area, Thuong Thanh Ward, Cai Rang District, Floating Market / Cai Rang, Can Tho, Vietnam

Vinh Long

Ba Linh Homestay
95 An Thanh, An Binh | Long Ho, Vinh Long, Vietnam

Ngoc Sang Homestay
95 / 8 Ap Binh Luong Xa An Binh | Huyen Long Ho, Vinh Long, Vietnam

My Hoa Mekong Homestay
3348, My Hoa Ward, Binh Minh District, Vinh Long, Vietnam

Nam Thanh Homestay
172/9 Binh Luong, An Binh, Vinh Long, Vietnam

Hau Giang

Kim Lan Homestay
7B2, 61 National Road, Hau Giang, Hau Giang, Vietnam

Ben Tre

Jardin du Mekong Homestay
Dinh Binh, Hoang Nghia Ward,Cho Lach District, Ben Tre, Ben Tre, Vietnam

Mango Homestay
My Huan Hamlet, My Thanh Village, Giong Trom District, Ben Tre, Vietnam

Note:    This article is wrote purely on information to travelers who wish to know more about the Homestay in the Mekong Delta. This blog is neither affiliated with the Homestay companies nor would hold any responsibilities for any recommendations made by us. Can Tho City Guide is a blog which gathers travel and stay information assisting travelers. These are just suggestions and we will not hold any responsibility for any misunderstanding, misleading information or communication between the guest and the homestay.

Bánh mì aka. Vietnamese Hamburger

Bánh mì, is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. Bread, or more specifically the baguette,
08banh.1-1000was introduced by the French during its colonial period. The bread most commonly found in Vietnam is a single serving baguette, therefore the term bánh mì is synonymous with this type of bread. The bánh mì is usually more airy than its western counterpart, so as a result, has a thinner crust.

In the West, especially in areas with substantial Vietnamese immigrant communities, the term is used to refer to a type of meat-filled sandwich on bánh mì bread, found in Vietnamese bakeries. Typical fillings include steamed, pan-roasted or oven-roasted seasoned pork belly, Vietnamese sausage, grilled pork, grilled pork patties, spreadable pork liver pâté, pork floss, grilled chicken, chicken floss, canned sardines in tomato sauce, soft pork meatballs in tomato sauce, head cheese, fried eggs, and tofu. Accompanying vegetables typically include fresh cucumber slices, cilantro (leaves of the coriander plant) and pickled carrots and daikon in shredded form. Common condiments include spicy chili sauce, sliced chilis, mayonnaise, and cheese. For vegans, there is the tofu banh mi.[1]

In the Vietnamese language these sandwiches would be referred to as e.g. bánh mì xíu mại for a baguette with crushed pork meatball, Bánh mì pâté chả thịt for a baguette or sandwich with pâté, Vietnamese sausage and meat, usually pork bellies, since it is the most common kind of meat. Almost all of these varieties innovations made by or introduced and is often eaten in Saigon and is known as bánh mì Sài Gòn (“Saigon-Style” banh mi), the most popular form is banh mi thit (“thit” means “meat”).[2][3][4] However, even in Vietnam, “a bánh mì for breakfast” implies a meat-filled sandwich for breakfast, not just bread.

Homestay – Live like the locals

Homestay huts

Homestay – Live like the locals,    basic living with no modern technologies, no internet, simple infrastructures, simple home equipment which showcase  the local vietnamese living standard. You could also try to live like the locals.

Homestay in Vietnam is common, you would see villagers hanging around chit-chatting, playing chess, fishing, or children taking a bath at the nearby rivers. Very common and prominent in Asia, the villagers lead their lives around without the modern technology. Staying in a homestay, one could expect different situations. Conditions can be fairly basic – home is often a simple wooden structure with mats on the floor to sleep on, cold-water showers and definitely no air-conditioning… but if you’re up for a little bit of an adventure and come with an open-mind, you’ll soon find that the minor discomforts are far out-weighed by the benefits of such unique experience. HomestayModern homestay have all the modern furnitures like a bed, mattress, fan and a modern bath with hot water cater to travelers. You’ll also quickly discover that homestays are actually a two-way cultural exchange as your hosts are very likely to be as interested in your culture as you are in theirs… Don’t forget to bring some pictures of home and prepared to arrive as a guest but to leave as a friend…

 

Updated on 15/1/2016.

New route to Bangkok by VietJetAir

VietJetAir has commenced sales for its second international route connecting Vietnam capital Hanoi to Bangkok. The new connection will open on June 1, 2013. The carrier, on this occasion, is launching another mega sale for flights between Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City/ Hanoi with tickets starting at USD0 (*). Bookings can be made from April 10 to April 20, 2013 for travel between April 15 and December 20, 2013. All you have to do is click on http://www.vietjetair.com and follow the easy-to-use booking steps.

VietJetAir currently operates a daily round trip between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok with the Hanoi-Bangkok connection to be operated at the same frequency. The new route will depart from Hanoi at 10:50am and land in Bangkok at 12:40am. The return flight will depart from Suvarnabhumi airport at 1:35pm and arrive at Noi Bai International Airport at 3.25pm.

Now Vietnam’s fastest growing airline, VietJetAir is proud to offer valued customers high-quality flights with friendly services and maximum safety. Passengers will be able to enjoy Vietnamese and Thai specialties and other entertaining inflight activities while relaxing in a comfy, leather seat.

The carrier is also positioned to also make itself more favorable by operating flights in and out of Suvarnabhumi Airport – one of the most modern and prestigious airports in the world, from which passengers can easily access downtown Bangkok and/or take transit flights to the rest of the world. Most budget airlines fly in and out of Bangkok’s Don Mueng Airport, which is less convenient to access.

Desmond Lin, VietJetAir’s Business Development Director, said: “We are delighted to soon introduce our second international flight connecting Bangkok and Hanoi – as ever we will highlight the fun side of Vietnam to the Thai market and help residents of Vietnam better access Bangkok, one of the greatest cities in Asia. Our mega sale will last for 10 days so you can book your free tickets anytime and anywhere – you don’t even need a computer as bookings can now be made via mobile devices.

VietJetAir’s highly affordable flights have helped the airline rapidly expand its domestic network, which now covers nine destinations. Besides the Hanoi – Bangkok route, the carrier will also add one more domestic flight to the schedule connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Buon Ma Thuot (to be launched on May 20, 2013).

With more than 300 flights a week (all operated by brand new Airbus A320 aircraft), VietJetAir will add more connections to major cities around Asia in 2013.

See here for flight information