Vietnamese street food: Ca cuon (deep fried stuffed fish croquettes)


For me, treasured travel memories often revolve around great food, tastes that make you go ‘mmm’ and make utterances towards deities.

cuốn, also known as cá cuốn thịt is an ‘oh my god’ moment.

Ca cuon thit - croquettes of joy.

Ca cuon thit – croquettes of joy.

The name translates as cá (fish) cuốn (cake) and thịt (meat) – A understated name for a barrel shaped, croquette like deep fried nugget of deliciousness. It’s impossible to only order one.

It’s quite precise, when you break it down – filleted fish is wrapped around a paste of ground pork and woodear mushrooms, a similar mixture to that which is used for filling bánh cuốn. It’s sealed, crumbed and deep fried.

It works as an excellent accompaniment to the equally delicious soup, Bún cá – Available from the same street kitchen.

Expect to pay around 10’000VND per piece.

Some useful phrases

Sin chow – hello
Mot – one
Hai – two
Gam urn – thank you
Tra da – iced tea, a popular and cheap drink to accompany meals and usually available at hole in the wall restaurants (pronounced cha)


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