|Grilled banana dipped in coconut milk is a childhood memory of Mekong Delta residents. — VNA/VNS Photo
In locals’ childhood memories, grilled banana dipped in coconut milk is a special treat.
Across Mekong Delta provinces, specifically Ben Tre, every house boasts a garden with banana and coconut trees, whether big or small. When children crave a snack, mothers often make delectable sweets from homegrown ingredients.
These staple dishes are fairly simple, using a versatile fruit from the backyard. 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 could seduce anyone nearby. However, the grilled banana dish isn’t complete without its coconut milk dip – a specialty of the Mekong Delta region. — VNS