Quang Binh in the South Central region of Vietnam is famous for not only a central strip of the famous Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, many gorgeous landscapes, mysterious caves, picturesque Nhat Le Beach endowed by Mother Nature but also its various cuisine in which it will make your trip memorable.
southernvietnamtravel will help you answer the question: What to eat in Quang Binh tailor-made food tour?
Soup Porridge (Cháo Canh Quảng Bình)
Chao canh ca loc (Source: Internet)
If Pho, banh mi and bun cha – the pride of Hanoians are dishes to try whenever you visit the capital city, bun bo Hue and com hen (clam rice) are must-order fares in Hue, then Soup Porridge (Cháo canh) cannot be missed in Quang Binh Province.
Not cooked as porridge, but only with the fiber flour or rice flour finely chopped, not too thick nor too thin, as the main ingredient, chao canh is simple like the characteristics of locals living in Quang Binh Province. Cooked from quite familiar ingredients such as snakehead fish, shrimps, pork bones accompanied by shredded green cabbage, the broth which has a golden color of crab meat but not as thick as Clear Rice Spaghetti Soup with Crab (Bánh Canh Cua) is the savory broth mixing with spicy flavor from green mustard to make an awesome blend.
When being served to guests, a bowl of soup porridge is sprinkled with spring onions, sliced aromatic coriander, and green cabbage. A standard bowl of soup porridge must include shrimp, fish or pork ribs well marinated with spices, shrimps fried to retain its brittleness and fresh pink color; fish remaining the same color and not fishy. Chao canh is not only the most favorite breakfast dish for local people but also one of the best dishes to try in Quang Binh and a symbol of local culture.
Chao canh is best served with fried spring roll (Source: Internet)
Simple ingredients but awesome flavor! To have the heaven taste, chao canh is best enjoyed with fried spring rolls.
Where to go for the best soup porridge in Quang Binh?
Soup Porridge can easily be found everywhere but only highly rated restaurants by sophisticated food lovers serve you the best one.
- Gia Bao restaurant, Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh
- Son Thu restaurant, Phan Boi Chau Street, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh
- Suong Hong restaurant, Nguyen Huu Canh Street, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh.
Shrimp and pork clear dumplings (Bánh Bột Lọc)
Banh bot loc (Source: Internet)
Coming from Hue cuisine, loc cake in Quang Binh, which is added some new flavors, has become the highlight of this province’s cuisine and a dish that wins the heart of all foodies.
Made from very simple and easy-to-find ingredients: cassava powder as the crust, the savory river shrimps, wood ear mushrooms and braised pork well marinated with some spices only from the local garden as the stuffing, loc cake in Quang Binh is different from the cakes covered in banana leaves in Hue and outstanding among a wide range of this province’s dishes. These clear dumplings are best served with Quang Binh special fish sauce and some slices of chili. Such a stunning flavor to remember!
Banh mi bot loc (Source: Internet)
Banh mi is the most favorite dish in Vietnam, which has put Vietnam on the world’s cuisine map. And each province in Vietnam possesses its own ways of making banh mi or the distinct featured fillings. Thanks to their love for this national dish, Quang Binh people created their own version of banh mi called banh mi bot loc – banh mi with shrimp and pork clear dumplings as stuffing – a popular food to local people at the beginning of a day.
These transparent dumplings are not only these cakes to try right in Quang Binh but also these simple gifts to bring back home. Easy to eat, less to be tired, banh bot loc, which are small and nice with the white color outside and green bean, shrimp, pork and fungus inside, are ready to be eaten after steaming for just a few minutes.
Where to go for the best loc cake in Quang Binh?
- Ga market, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh
- Tu Quy restaurant, 17 Co Tam Street, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh
- Me Xuan, Le Thanh Dong Street, Hai Thanh, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh
- Huong Hoai, 01 Le Thanh Dong Street, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh
Quang Binh is the place to go for not only many imposing landscapes but also stunning flavors characteristic causing people to linger here forever.