It’s summer vacation and my dad’s company organized a trip to Phan Thiet, a coastal city in the South Central part of Vietnam. Phan Thiet is famous for the long beaches, white sand dunes and fish sauce.
We got up early for a long drive from Ho Chi Minh city to Phan Thiet. The coach tour went smoothly and the tour guide was very humorous. He organized many interesting activities and introduced the history of Phan Thiet. It was a 7-hour drive, so we had three main rest stops.
1)‘Tam Chau-Dau Giay’ rest stop
We stopped at Tam Chau-Dau Giay restaurant to have breakfast. There was a showroom selling local tea, coffee and souvenirs. I ordered ‘Bun Bo Hue’ (Vietnamese beef noodles) and a cup of coffee. A bowl of beef noodles was served hot and I loved the delicious beef broth so much. The noodles were topped with thin beef, sliced pork rolls and a lot of vegetables. Sipping the broth and biting the beef made me feel refresh.
2)’Bo sua Thang Loi’ rest stop
‘Bo sua Thanh Loi’ rest stop is a good place to take a rest during the long drive. Remember to take this chance to buy some snacks or go to the toilet. This rest stop is also famous for the fresh cow milk called ‘Long Thanh milk’. You can even buy many fresh tropical fruits or take a quick bowl of noodles.
3)‘Park Diamond’ hotel.
We stopped at ‘Park Diamond’ hotel for lunch. The structure and decoration of this hotel were impressive. Three main dishes tasted very delicious. The first one was ‘Caramelized pork and eggs’ (Thit kho tau). The marinated pork belly and boiled eggs were braised in the coconut juice. The fat taste from the pork belly mixed well with the tender meat. There was a hint of mild sweetness from the coconut juice and slight saltiness from the fish sauce. The broth had a nice caramel colour, which created the amber colour for the eggs.
The boiled vegetables such as carrots, okra, broccoli and cauliflowers added some freshness to the dish. Furthermore, boiled vegetables were regarded as healthy food. We dipped the boiled vegetables into a special sauce which looked like mayonnaise. We also ate the salad with ‘Beef in vinegar hotpot’. The sourness of vinegar mixed well with the sweetness of thin beef.
My favourite dish of the lunch was fried squids with chili. Phan Thiet was famous for seafood, so I looked forward to tasting the fresh seafood here. The fried squids did not let me down. The big fresh squids were seasoned with sauces and quite spicy. The skin of the squids was smooth, silky and quite chewy.
After having lunch, we wandered around the hotel and enjoyed the beautiful architecture and scenery.