Spade fish salad, phở fish, grilled squid teeth, etc. are famous dishes that you cannot miss when visiting this well-known beach city – Phan Thiết. Let us start this food journey to know more about Best Vietnamese Food. 

1. Spade fish salad (Goi ca mai)

Spade fish salad (Goi ca mai) is the first dish we will discover. These fishes are abundant in middle Vietnam sea. Its shape is similar to Long-jawed anchovy but there are a silver fish scales and these fishes have no blood so it does not smell at all. Preparing this dish is quite simple but still it is our Best Vietnamese Food. First, you clean the fish and remove the scales, cut off the head and tail, use a knife to dissect the fillet, remove the bone, and cook the fish rarely by vinegar or lemon juice. The vegetables are diversified: sliced carrot, shallot, basil, minced laksa leaves, roasted peanuts… Next, you can mix all the ingredients together, add a little bit of fish sauce with lemon, garlic and chillies… Finally, you can adjust the taste and enjoy the salad with rice paper.

Tasting specialities in Phan Thiet

2. Pork grease (ca loi xoi mo)

The second dish you cannot miss is deep fried loi fish in pork grease (ca loi xoi mo). This is such a simple dish with just one steamed Loi fish with rice paper and yet it has been always the very first dish appear on every single menu in Phan Thiet. One tip for the food lovers, you should only choose those fishes only weighted from 1 to 2 kilogram. First, you use the knife to shave off the grease or citronella to crush. Next, you need to remove all the fish guts, wash it with salt water. Third, slice the fish then steam it. Fourth, fry the minced spring onions. Finally, when you serve the dish, you can put the fish on a plate, pour grease and onion on top, sprinkle some roasted peanuts and eat with rice paper, vegetables and sauce.

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 Ca loi xoi mo

3. Vietnamese Crepe (Banh xeo)

There is no doubt that Vietnamese Crepe (Banh xeo) is one of our Best Vietnamese Food. In Phan Thiet, you can ask your tour guide to get to Tuyen Quang street to enjoy this dish. This food street is specialised in making this recipe and all the restaurants here are qualified.

Banh Xeo

4. Can Cakes (Banh Can)

If you want something different, then Can Cakes (Banh Can) are perfect substitute and still it is definitely one of our Best Vietnamese Food. Can cakes are put many styles of food like shrimp, meat, and green bean. The miniature fried cake is put only shrimp on the surface cake. People here have many sauces to enjoy Can Cakes like sweet fish sauce, seasoning sauce or broth with peanuts and they usually eat it with herbs. Suggested Places: Ba Xu House on Ngu Ong Street or Number 8 Hai Thuong Street.

Banh Can

5. Squid teeth (rang muc nuong)  

You may be surprise with the main ingredients but we guarantee once you try grilled squid teeth (rang muc nuong), you will understand why it should be on your list of Best Vietnamese Food. It depends on your request that the cook will grill, fry or stir fry. Nguyen Tat Thanh Street would be the place for you to look for the dish.

Rang muc nuong

6. Vietnamese iguana (Giong dat nuong)

In Phan Thiet, the most famous restaurant is on Nguyen Dinh Chieu street named Vietnam Home and this place serve one best dish. It is called grilled Vietnamese iguana (giong dat nuong). Once you taste it, you would understand why it is one of our Best Vietnamese Food. Besides grilling, there are others such as Vietnamese iguana sausage, salad or porridge. They are all delicious and unforgettable.

Giong dat nuong
Finally, how do you feel? There have many amazing foods in my country, especially this beach city, right? If you love beaches and prepare to visit Vietnam, why don’t you choose this city to your destination? Hope you will have an amazing time with family and friends in my lovely country and enjoy as much as you can with Best Vietnamese Food as well.

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Tommy Ngo

Tommy Ngo was born as a child of Home of Traditional Folk Music of graceful Vietnam. Besides a common role of a master of IT and professional blogger, Tommy also has a passion with traveling and discovering as deep as possible the beauty and culture of the S-shaped country.


  1. Thanks for sharing such an amazing and informative blog which will surely be a big help to those travelling to the Vietnam. There are many amazing places to visit and out of many the beach resorts in the southern part of the country is very popular among the tourists.There one can find many beautiful beach resorts which provides top class hospitality.

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