Essential Experiences To Have On AVietnam Culinary Holiday
A culinary tour in Vietnam is all about going beyond the usual sights and sounds of the country to discover the subtle designs of its cultural fabric.
Still, there are certain experiences, while popular amongst most visitors that you simply must try for yourself. Centred around food, here are some essential experiences to have on your culinary holiday in Vietnam:
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Visit the Cai Rang Floating Market in the Mekong Delta:
No culinary experience is ever complete without a visit to the market, and when in Vietnam, you must visit the Cai Rang Floating Market, one of the biggest markets in the Mekong Delta.
The market starts at dawn and its busiest hours are between sunrise and 9 AM. This is the best time to visit the market and see it in full swing and also get a glimpse into southern Vietnam culture. Each boat in the market is loaded with seasonal goods, farm products and specialties of Cai Rang Town, Chau Tanh District and the neighbouring areas.
Most boats display a sample of their goods on a mast, so you can see what they're selling even from afar. A visit to this vibrant market is a highlight that features in most Vietnam tours. Get a local guide to help you traverse the market, select the choicest fresh produce, and bargain, of course!
Dine at the Ly Club in Ho Chi Minh City:
The colonial Ly Club is one of the best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City and provides an exquisite fine dining experience. It boasts of a fusion of flavours and serves up a wonderful mix of Western and Vietnamese cuisine[BK1] that is made with tropical ingredients and local spices using classic French cooking techniques.
Lobster with dragon fruit, pan seared scallops and tuna with wakamesoy-sesame dressing, curry oil and sesame-rice crackers are some of the specialties here. The interiors of the restaurant are done up to provide a plush feel with elliptical arches, stylish furnishing, elaborate light fixtures and fine art adorning the walls.
Whether you choose to sample traditional Vietnam food served in a modern setting or excellent European fare, the Ly Club ensures a fantastic culinary experience to every guest.
Eat At The Streets Restaurant Cafe in Hoi An:
A place where you won't just be eating good food, but doing good too!
The Streets Restaurant Cafe is run by the local branch of Streets International, a social initiative that trains street children and disadvantaged youth in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. While all the proceeds do go towards keeping the programme (and the restaurant) up and running, you definitely won't feel short-changed.
The restaurant is located in a beautiful restored house right within Hoi An's Old Town area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a wonderful ambiance. The dishes served here are inspired by chefs from around the world, and include contemporary international and Vietnam cuisine.
A must-try here is the famous Hoi An Tasting Menu, which allows you to sample various iconic dishes that are unique to the city. [BK1]
Nilofer Asrani is a Web UI Designer/Developer with Cox & Kings.
He loves to travel and www.bsaa.edu.ru considers himself quite a gastronome. He recently returned from one of the [ ] during which he fell in love with Vietnamese cuisine and Vietnam culture. In this article, he lists some essential culinary based experiences that travellers should have when they visit Vietnam.