Butter Oyster with scallionI joined a couple of Vietnamese friends one afternoon for a late seafood lunch on the Ong Beng River, where some fish and oyster farms were located. The floating restaurant, “Duc Nho” was apparently the best in the region for its fresh seafood and relaxing atmosphere. Arriving with our bikes at the small fishing village, a boat got us over the river to the restaurant were we sat down on cushioned floors and low tables dressed in table cloth.
Vietnamese family at lunchRight away beer glasses were placed on the tables even before we sat down. The beer of course arrived warm like usual in Vietnam; one drinks beer with junks of ice! The whole process in ordering the food was informal, as long one speaks Vietnamese. First to arrive was a mix seafood rice, bright yellow in color and fragrant. It seems this was the first course in our journey, followed by the fist size oysters with scallion and butter.
Sweet PrawnsNext served were prawns, so sweet and fresh, balanced only with pepper-salt with limejuice. I am not a big fan of peeling prawns but luckily others did this job, so I was left to enjoy without actually having to peel them.
MaoThe final dish was a Frog Fish called “Babh Mao”, grilled and sweet in flesh, served with lots of greens and herbs. Since this fish grows to about 3-4 kilogram; be prepared to pay VND 200K for each Kg.
Damage is done!The whole place is very popular for Vietnamese families and be prepared to find entire tribes spending a whole day eating there. At times it can be noisy, especially when the men get drunk, the kids running around and the wife’s engage in loud conversations! Its informal, its lively, its relaxing at the same time and when all is eaten; just hang in a hammock and let the breeze from the river get you to sleep for a couple of hours.