Phu Quoc island in Kien Giang province is famous for not only beautiful wild beaches but various specialty foods. Phu Quoc sardinella salad is one of the must-try dishes on your trip to this wonderful island. The freshness, great taste of sardinella caught in Phu Quoc and an outstanding cooking method make the dish uniquely delicious.
To make this salad, choose fresh sardinellas which have just been caught, remove head, scales, tail, fins, guts, bone of the fishes, then wash them carefully. Then mix the sardinella flesh with shredded onions, shallots, chili pepper, and shredded coconut meat. To make the dipping sauce for this salad, mix high-quality fish sauce made in Phu Quoc, sugar, lime juice, minced garlic, minced chili pepper, crushed toasted peanuts. The sauce has enough 5 tastes: sour, sweet, salty, hot and buttery tastes.
This kind of salad is topped with crushed toasted peanuts, green onion oil, deep-fried shallots and served with various vegetables (bean sprouts, salad, greens, cucumber, some wild vegetables in forests in Phu Quoc, etc.), herbs (culantra, heartleaf, Vietnamese mint, basil, etc.), rice paper and dipping sauce. To eat, just use rice paper to wrap the salad, veggies, and herbs into a roll, then dip in the sauce and tuck in. Dinner can feel the amazing blend of fresh, tender, little chewy sardinella pieces, veggies, herbs, and dipping sauce in every bite.
Thanks to the perfect mix of all ingredients, Phu Quoc sardinella salad is a brilliant gem of Vietnamese cuisine. Coming to Phu Quoc, do not miss a big chance to enjoy this food specialty. The salad is worth your try.
A plate of Phu Quoc sardinella salad looks mouth-watering with green onion, light yellow peanuts, golden sardinella flesh, white onion.
Wild vegetables in forests in Phu Quoc make the dish distinctive.
Use chopsticks to get the salad and veggies onto rice paper, then wrap the salad roll.
Dip the roll in the sauce made from fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, minced garlic, minced chili pepper, crushed toasted peanuts.