Hủ tiếu, a type of rice noodle served either as a soup or dry, is a signature dish of Vietnam’s southwestern region. To understand how to make the raw material, you should visit Sáu Hoài, Quê Tôi, or Chín Của workshop in Cần Thơ. They are the most notable family businesses that belong to the traditional craft village of making Hủ Tiếu. In addition to serving daily production, these workshops welcome many tourists to visit and witness their production process.
The traditional village is located in An Bình ward, Ninh Kiều district near Rau Răm bridge. Boats are the main transportation which often carries rice to the local businesses for making noodles and then bring dry noodles to their customers. It’s also the best way for tourists to visit this area after exploring Cái Răng floating market.
The ideal time to visit the traditional craft village of making Hủ Tiếu is in the morning. On the way coming to the village by boat, don’t forget to try hủ tiếu as your breakfast offered by many local people who cook and sell on their boats beside pots of boiling broth. Surely, it would be an unforgettable experience moment in your Mekong Delta trip.
Setting foot into the traditional village in the morning, tourists can witness the whole procedure of making fresh hủ tiếu, from mixing, coating, drying, cutting noodles, packing…all done by hand. Each workshop has its own technique in making the noodles stand out from the others. However, the most important step is the source of quality raw materials, mainly chosen from Sa Đéc or Đồng Nai. Then rice will be soaked before grounding and mixing with other materials. The powder phase step is usually done the night before. The next day, it will be coated to become cakes. After that, the cakes need to put on bamboo frames to air out for a couple of hours before being cut into regular noodles. Visitors can join and participate from the stage of coating and cutting. Of course, the final stage is still packed and delivered to buyers.
Traditional craft village of making Hủ Tiếu
- Best for: Family, couple, solo
- Entrance: Free
- Best time to visit: Daily 04:00 – 10:00 am
- Other tourist spots nearby: Bình Thủy temple, Phong Điền floating market, Bằng Lăng stork sanctuary, Trúc Lâm Phương Nam Monastery, Bình Thủy ancient, Ông Temple, Cái Răng floating market…