Ăn gì ở Trà Vinh – What to eat in Tra Vinh, Vietnam

Kinh nghiệm 1 tuần ăn uống ở Trà Vinh của mình. Trà Vinh nhỏ nhỏ vậy thôi nhưng mà chỗ ăn nhiều vô kể. Lần đầu mình đến Trà Vinh là hơn 5 năm trước, lần đó thời gian không nhiều mà còn nhỏ chỉ được cho ăn ở nhà hoài. Lần này có dịp ở lại Trà Vinh thời gian dài hơn, quyết tâm đi ăn một vòng Trà Vinh vậy mà cũng không hết. Sau khi đăng video lên là có các bạn comment trên facebook gợi ý thêm chỗ ăn nữa rồi, làm mình lại muốn về Trà Vinh ăn uống đã đời lắm ấy.

Dưới đây là chia sẻ của mình về các địa điểm ăn uống tại Trà Vinh. Chủ yếu là gợi ý và cung cấp thông tin cho các bạn xem đến Trà Vinh thì ăn gì ở đâu. Mình nhận xét không chuyên nghiệp, mình thích đồ ăn lắm món nào cũng thấy ngon, không ngon là mình không nhắc tên rồi.

P/s: Hình đều là mình cắt ra từ video, lúc đó vội ăn không có nhớ phải chụp hình luôn. Để có hiệu quả hình ảnh tốt nhất thì các bạn xem video ở trên nha!

At the end of July, I spent almost a week in Tra Vinh – a province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam – having 4 meals everyday so I can try every famous dish of the town. It sure is a small town but the food won’t disappoint you.

Here are some foods that I ate and totally loved, if you happen to visit Tra Vinh don’t forget to give them a try.

Note: All the pictures are stills that I got from the video above because I didn’t take any pictures at all (sorry, too focus on eating). For better viewing experience please watch the video.

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Chicken and Bean Stew (Gau nau dau)

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Gà Nấu Đậu – Chicken and Bean Stew

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Seoul: TWG Tea Salon and Boutique @ Cheongdam-dong

I wasn’t planning to write about this until I have time to go again and take some more pictures but it bugs me so much every single time I open my lappy and see this TWG picture folder on the top of the list just because I didn’t post it up yet. Why I need more pictures you ask? Because I wasn’t happy with what I have. It’s not my fault that I went to a tea salon after 4, right? Who have afternoon tea before lunch time anyway (I was on vacation mood back then folks, my morning start at 12). TWG Seoul, a little advice, light your store. I have no idea why these upscale restaurants in Seoul have to be so dark. I never ever get good shoot of foods there. Come on, I know you want to set the atmosphere but people need to see each other, and more importantly, need to see and take picture of their foods too.

Put lighting problem aside, in my opinion TWG Seoul is successful in bringing that whole TWG standard all the way from Singapore.  I guess every TWG owned flagship store has to anyway. Are they? Sorry I don’t know, never been to any TWG outside Singapore.

I only knew TWG opened its store in Seoul in early 2014 when the news writing about it popped up on the google result when I was doing my research for a good place to enjoy some afternoon tea. I don’t worship tea but I do drink it enough and I love TWG so I headed out the next day with a book in my bag hopefully to spend my some quality time on my own.

TWG in Seoul turned out to be different from what I used to and no I don’t mean it in a bad way but, still, it’s different.

I didn’t realize it was public holiday because I was on my vacation so when I got there the place was full. Staff let me know I can look around and wait or place reservation for tomorrow and since I already there I told her to put me on the waiting list (their staffs speak English so don’t worry if you’re not familiar with Korean). So I was walking around, having a little chit chat with the staff and it was only around 20 minutes before being guided to my seat.

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Seoul: Chikalicious (치카리셔스) @ Hongdae – My favorite cupcake in town

If you’re into cupcake as much as I do I’m pretty sure you have heard of Chikalicious – the famous dessert club in New York – before. The shop opened its Seoul location in Hongdae some time in 2012 and right after I found out it has a store in Seoul I went have my cupcake fix right away.

The shop is on a small lane in the back of Hongdae, away from all the noise and people. I arrived at night and luckily there’s still cupcakes left on the shelf. The cake shop doesn’t have a lot of space with only 3 or 4 tables and they all are taken.

The whole shop view

All the beautiful cupcakes

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Seoul: Passion 5 (패션5) @ Itaewon

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Passion 5 is a famous dessert café in Itaewon area being known for its delicious desserts. I walked pass the building everytime I’m Itaewon but never knew it’s a cafe and dessert bar till a friend of mine mentioned it on her ask.fm account.

Someone asked my friend for recommendations about where to eat in Seoul and she answered with a few names along with Passion 5. In her words the café is supposed to have delicious desserts and decent foods. I, after that, did some researches about the place and it turned out there was a punch of blog posts about it 2 or 3 years ago. It seemed that the place got a lot of attention when it first opened.

People mostly wrote about how good their desserts are and how cool design of the building is but I totally forgot to pay attention to the design with foods in front of me (yes it’s that bad). There are good and bad reviews (about their crappy service) so I decided to give it a try myself.

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Seoul: Myth Jokbal (미쓰족발) in Hongdae

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If you don’t know what jokbal is, it’s basically pigs feet cooked with soy sauce and spices for a long time till it get tender.

The image of eating fatty pig feet meat might scare a lot of people, but if you want me to recommend you one unusual traditional dish of Korea it must be jokbal.

Believe me, I do not enjoy eating fatty foods but the fat in jokbal gives you this smooth and silky feel that melt right in your mouth without any chewing.

Jokbal trong tiếng Hàn được dùng để chỉ giò heo. Món Jokbal tại Hàn chính là móng giò được nấu với nước tương và các loại gia vị trong một khoảng thời gian dài đến khi thịt móng giò ngấm gia vị nhưng không làm thịt trở nên quá mềm. Tại Hàn jokbal được coi là một món nhậu, nhưng bạn hoàn toàn có thể thưởng thức jokbal mà không cần uống rượu nhé. (Ở nhà buồn nhất là thích ăn món nhắm mà hai đứa con gái bước vô quán nhậu gọi đồ ăn không là bị nhìn chằm chằm rồi…)

Myth Jokbal là nhà hàng với jokbal nổi tiếng tại khu Hongdae được mở cửa từ năm 1987. Nếu các bạn có ý định thử món jokbal tại đây mà không muốn đợi mình khuyên các bạn nên đến vào khoảng 5h chiều, đó là thời điểm trước khi cửa hàng mở cửa. Dù có những người đã đến trước thì thời gian các bạn phải đợi cũng sẽ không quá dài nhé :)

Now about Myth Jokbal: it’s a jokbal specialist restaurant located in Honggik University area (Hongdae 홍대) that first opened in 1987 and has been selling jokbal since then. It’s super famous and there are people queuing outside of the restaurant everyday.

They have other locations all over Korea too, you can check out the list of other locations on their website. (choose 매장소개 – the website is only available in Korean)

I visited Myth Jokbal in September with a friend (yes, I delayed this post for almost 2 months). We were trying to find a place for a meal together and she said Myth Jokbal is so famous let give it a try so we did. We got there pretty early since we wanted to checkout Hongdae handmade flea market and when we walked pass the restaurant wasn’t open yet. We walked back there around 5pm and there was already a line in front just so you know how famous this place is.

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