Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta is famous for the use ofcoconuts in cooking.
Across Delta provinces, specifically Bến Tre, most houses boast a garden with banana and coconut trees, whether big or small. When children crave a snack, mothers often make delectable sweets from homegrown ingredients.
With just a bunch of bananas, people can make fried banana, banana sweet soup, or banana cake.
But to the little ones, grilled bananas remain the best. Simple yet flavorful, a down-to-earth plate of bananas grilled over coal has a fruity, mellow and sweet scent, a smell that can seduce anyone nearby. However, the grilled banana dish isn’t complete without its coconut milk dip, a specialty of the Delta region.
For dessert, tourists can savor Ben Tre sweets such as the signature dish of coconut milk custard cake. The soft cake is served with a thick sauce made from coconut milk. — VNS