Photo: Pull up a pew.

Eat and meet

We spent most of our time in Tra Vinh scoffing noodles but we came up close to empty handed on sit down restaurants with an English menu, so pack a phrasebook and be ready to point!


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First off we are going to point you to this excellent wrap on Tra Vinh’s food at 12am flight. Many of the recommendations are out of town and we didn’t have time to get to them, but if you have time (and your own transport) do give the story a good read as some of them sounded terrific.

Is there a better way to start the day? No.

Is there a better way to start the day? No. Photo: Stuart McDonald

While it is a bit of a walk from the central hotels, we though the pho (40,000 dong) at Thanh Nha (also does bun bo hue) was worth the walk. You’ll find it opposite the bright blue school (look for the blue gates reading Truong Tieu Hoc Minh Tri).

12am flight was a big wrap on Bun Bo Hue 170 which is further west along the road, right before it hits Nguyen Thi Minh Khai (the major north south thoroughfare). We didn’t have time to try it, but it was very busy (always a good sign) when we walked past. If you don’t want to walk this far for noodles, Hu Tieu 87 on Ly Thong Kiet was more central and good.

Leave your iPod in the room.

Leave your iPod in the room. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Once you are done with your noodles at Thanh Nha, continue west along Tran Phu and you’ll hit the gregarious and friendly garden cafe, Kim Son Coffee. The coffee (18,000 dong) was good and we loved the retro sound equipment on display.

For lunch, our top pick is also pilfered from 12am flight—head to Bun Nuoc Leo up on Ly Thong Kiet. The dish is a noodle soup, heavy on mushrooms, served in a very rich fish broth. It comes with crispy pork on the side along with spring rolls a prawn cake and a chunk on congealed blood. This is a heavy dish—don’t make the mistake we did and show up only half hungry. Delicious, but come with an empty stomach. Come daytime only as they close up early evening (around 6:30pm).

Bun Nuoc Leo: So damn good.

Bun Nuoc Leo: So damn good. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Come the evening, we didn’t stray too far from the market. As the sun falls, a hu tieu and pho place sets up on the pavement at 24 Dien Bien Phu and that was decent. You’ll also find a couple of stalls on the street near the market entrance. Also near the market (actually right in front of it) is a cluster of dessert stalls—good for those with a sweet tooth.

Lastly, along Dien Bien Phu, running south from the market you’ll find plenty of banh mi carts should you find yourself craving a late night stomach torpedo.


Map of eating options for Tra Vinh
Map of eating options for Tra Vinh
Legend
(1) Banh mi carts (2) Bun Bo Hue 170 (3) Bun Nuoc Leo: (4) Dessert stalls (5) Hu Tieu (evenings only) (See Banh mi carts)(6) Hu Tieu 87 (7) Kim Son Coffee (8) Thanh Nha

Banh mi carts Along Dien Bien Phu, south of the market ; .
Bun Bo Hue 170 170 Tran Phu, Tra Vinh; .
Bun Nuoc Leo: 45 Ly Thong Kiet, Tra Vinh; .
Dessert stalls In front of Cho Tra Vinh.; .
Hu Tieu (evenings only) 24 Dien Bien Phu, Tra Vinh; .
Hu Tieu 87 87 Ly Thuong Kiet, Tra Vinh; .
Kim Son Coffee 138 Tran Phu, Tra Vinh; T: (0986) 039 039; .
Thanh Nha 194 Tran Phu, Tra Vinh; .

Banh mi carts
Along Dien Bien Phu, south of the market ; Tra Vinh, Mekong Delta
Under $2
Bun Bo Hue 170
170 Tran Phu, Tra Vinh; Tra Vinh, Mekong Delta
Under $2
Bun Nuoc Leo:
45 Ly Thong Kiet, Tra Vinh; Tra Vinh, Mekong Delta
Under $2
Dessert stalls
In front of Cho Tra Vinh.; Tra Vinh, Mekong Delta
Under $2
Hu Tieu (evenings only)
24 Dien Bien Phu, Tra Vinh; Tra Vinh, Mekong Delta
Under $2
Hu Tieu 87
87 Ly Thuong Kiet, Tra Vinh; Tra Vinh, Mekong Delta
Under $2
Kim Son Coffee
138 Tran Phu, Tra Vinh; Tra Vinh, Mekong Delta
T: (0986) 039 039; Under $2
Thanh Nha
194 Tran Phu, Tra Vinh; Tra Vinh, Mekong Delta
Under $2
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