$20 ONE-day Eat-up Phu Quoc Food Challenge

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Alongside the enchanting beaches, Phu Quoc is a haven for food addicts with full of options from street style budget to the exotic charm of cuisine in five-stars resorts. But have you wondered how the natives make it through the day on a tight-tight financial? Let’s learn the local lesson by accepting the eating Phu Quoc food challenge with only $20 in hand.

Phu Quoc Food Challenge: Breakfast

Wake up and have yourself accelerate the pace to the market, any market to enjoy Phu Quoc food. You will have an array of meals here of unbeatable price tags.

Bun Quay is a bowl of “stirring” noodles will make a perfect breakfast with seafood, pork, fish cake, and all the ingredients united to fill your stomach with only 20.000 VND.

The alternatives can be Banh Canh Ghe (Crab noodles) which is a bit pricier; or Bun Ken, a local dried dish in which they mix noodles, fish, vegs, and homemade sauce for a taste to linger in your tongue.

Pick up some sweet or fruit for dessert. Stay tight below 20k.

Where to go: 

Duong Dong market: 21 Tran Phu

Money to spend:

Coffee/tea: 12.000 VND

Meal: 20.000 – 25.0000 VND

Dessert: 10.000 – 20.000 VND

Phu Quoc Food Challenge: Lunch

You have an excellent option to spend the money on the unique specialty that is only available in Phu Quoc if you are here at the beginning of the year.

Canh Nam Tram, or boletus soup, is a sophisticated local treat cooked with chicken and taste-catching seasoning then served with Phu Quoc spicy fish sauce; enjoy the bowl with some hot rice. Boletus mushroom elevates your appetite while detoxing and refreshing your whole body.

Where to go: 

Huong Bien Restaurant: No 1, Vo Thi Sau

Money to spend:

Meal: 100.000 – 200.000 VND

Phu Quoc Food Challenge: Brunch

Roaming around a seafood market or the shore about 4 PM, you may catch many vendors selling BBQ seafood and grilled snack. You can try a grilled sea urchin with egg or onion sauce as brunch. The price for one is around 10.000 to 20.000 VND. It is okay if you want more than one.

Where to go: 

Duong Dong market: 21 Tran Phu

Money to spend:

Meal: 20.000 VND

Phu Quoc Food Challenge: Dinner

The best of delicious Phu Quoc food only shows up after dusk. With all the money left of $20, you are able to have your stomach full in dinner.

First, you must try one steam flower crab caught fresh from the ocean. Crack the creature up and dip the flesh into pepper salt, you will feel the sea is right in your mouth. The crab is but costly but worth it.    

Next, try a dish of grilled juicy abalones serves with ginger fish sauce. You can intake some carbs from a bowl of oyster porridge, and make sure you have enough for a bottle of hard cold Saigon beer.

Where to go:

343 Restaurant: 343 30/4 St, Duong Dong Town

Ra Khoi Restaurant: 131 30/4 St, Duong Dong Town

Nho Restaurant: Dinh Cau Night Market

Money to spend:

Crab: 120.000 VND

Grilled abalones: 70.000 VND

Porridge: 30.000 VND

Beer: 10.000 VND

Phu Quoc Food Challenge: Wrapping Up

The simple math will give the final result of approximately $20, but you already get the try on most of Phu Quoc food.

One tip when eating in local shops is always remembered to ask for the price before you sit down or at least have a look at the menu (if they have it) to check.

Enjoy your Phu Quoc Trip.

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