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March 24, 2012

Cooking class

Mekong Delta is the land that any culinary connoisseurs should dream about. With abundance of ingredients and recipes, the region offers some best food you will find in Vietnam. All are processed in uniquely local way: steak grilled in bamboo cylinder (bo nuong ong tre), bare grilled fish (ca loc nuong trui), bloating fried elephant-ear fish (ca tai tuong chien xu) or braised catfish (ca kho to). These delicacies may be found in any restaurant in Mekong Delta and you can even try your hand in making some of them.

Mekong Delta is very famous for its variety of “mam” - kind of fermented small shrimps, crabs or fish, each with a unique taste. Mam recipes are also varied from region to region. It can be eaten raw, braised, roasted, simmered or steamed, together with different types of vegetables but best with white water lily stems.  Chau Doc is famous for it’s “mam thai” that is fermented for as long as 6 months to 1 years before usage. Its smell may be terrible at first but you may get addicted when getting used to.


Can Tho, Cai Be and My Tho in Tien Giang are ultimate destinations in Mekong Delta for culinary exploration. All cafes and homestays serve famous specialties of local waterfront life: grilled fish in banana leaf, bloating fried elephant ear fish, sweet-sour fish soup, vegetable spring rolls, fish noodle soup, etc.

Nestled in lush vegetation in Cai Be Mekong Delta, Mekong Lodge is an ideal venue to take a cooking class and enjoy a typical Mekong Delta meal in its open riverside restaurant with fabulous sunset on the water.

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