From the 17th century, Vietnamese started exploiting Mekong Delta which was a deserted area at that time and changed this land from forests, swamps of crocodiles into vast rice fields, fruit gardens. Besides, they have also created many specialties and delicious dishes for this area.

Rice fields in Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta (Vietnamese: Đồng bằng Sông Cửu Long “Nine Dragon river delta”), also known as the Western Region (Vietnamese: Miền Tây) or the South-western region (Vietnamese: Tây Nam Bộ) is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries.

The Mekong delta is an exotic paradise for travelers from all over the world: good climate, an abundance of tropical fruit, sugar cane, coconuts and colorful flowers, a relaxed atmosphere and the generous mentality of the people. Lots of the activities in the area take place on the vast waterways. Most houses have access to the river, not all of them to roads.

A farmstay in Mekong Delta will be really exciting. Gastronomy is an indispensable part of a journey. Here we have listed some special dishes for your journey to those farmstays in Mekong Delta.

Ben Tre Farm Stay

Ben Tre Farm Stay is situated right in Ben Tre Province. Besides a number of activities offered in the area, such as cycling and fishing; tourists coming here can enjoy the rural gastronomy. Ben Tre has many specialties, among of them, the most favorite gift which tourists usually buy for their family or friends when getting back home is Coconut candy. You can stop at a local village where you can watch they make handmade coconut candy.

Being the land of coconut, Ben Tre has many dishes which use coconut as a material.

Lobbies stew with coconut juice

Larva with fish sauce (Đuông dừa)

Larva or đuông dừa is a bug living in coconut tree trunk. It can be cooked in many ways such as grilled, fried or steamed.

Crabs stew with coconut and citronella oil

My Long Ricepaper (Bánh tráng Mỹ Lồng)

Also made from coconut, Bánh tráng Mỹ Lồng is very nice with fragrant, sweet, crunchy taste in every bite.

Binh Tien Farmstay

Binh Tien Farmstay is located in Long An Province. Long An is the “rice bowl” of Vietnam with the famous fragrant rice. Due to its favorable weather and fertile soil, Long An has some other special crops such as peanut fields in Duc Hoa. Duc Hoa peanut is tasteful and it’s really great to have some boiled or roasted peanuts right on the fields.

Duc Hoa peanut

And you should also taste Roasted snakeheads (cá lóc nướng trụi), it will be better if it’s roasted with straw.

Roasted Snakeheads

Mekong Delta Farmstay

Starting in My Tho (Tien Giang Province), tourists can admire the scenic countryside with a variety of tropical fruits to taste such as durians, pineapples, mangosteens, rambutans, …

My Tho fruit gardens

And fill your stomach with a variety of delicious dishes such as My Tho noodles (hủ tiếu Mỹ Tho) which are very famous and featured of the “city on the Tien river”.

My Tho noodles

Steamed Savory Rice Cake (Bánh bèo): The steamed rice cakes, topped with mung bean paste, toasted shrimp, and scallion oil are simply scrumptious.  The cakes are delicate with a slightly chewy texture; the mashed mung bean is savory and creamy and the toasted shrimp is wonderfully crunchy.

Steamed Savory Rice Cake (Bánh bèo)