Visit 5 famous Bun Ken restaurants in Phu Quoc

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Phu Quoc’s Bun Ken is a specialty dish of Pearl Island and a culinary symbol of this beautiful land. Bun Ken brings a unique blend of specialty flavors and a rustic coastal identity. A unique noodles dish made from delicious broth cooked from silverfish or barracuda, the taste is like a fresh breeze on the Vietnamese culinary map.

To fully enjoy this wonderful flavor, you definitely need to try some excellent noodle restaurants in Phu Quoc such as: Ut Luom, Co Thu, Di Lien… Join Rooty Trip to explore and learn about these famous Bun Ken Restaurants that cannot be missed when you visit Phu Quoc!

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Top 5 famous Bun Ken restaurants in Phu Quoc

1. What is Phu Quoc Bun Ken?

Bun Ken is a unique dish and a Phu Quoc specialty. The name “Bun Ken” is of Khmer origin. In particular, “Ken” refers to coconut milk, an important ingredient in this dish. On the Vietnamese culinary map, Bun Ken is rarely mentioned and only known by true gourmets.

Phu Quoc Bun Ken stands out with its creativity in ingredients and flavors. Instead of broth made from snakehead fish like in Ha Tien or Chau Doc, Phu Quoc people often use barracuda or silverfish – two rare types of fish found on this Pearl Island. This creates a unique and different flavor for Phu Quoc Bun Ken.

A bowl of Phu Quoc-style Bun Ken will include one of two types of fish: soft-ground trumpet fish or silverfish, bean sprouts, herbs, fresh chili, grated papaya, coconut milk, and a portion of fresh rice noodles.

The dish has the rich flavor of coconut milk that blends perfectly with fish meat along with a little spiciness and aroma from chili and vegetables, creating an overall unique dish that is unforgettable after the first time you enjoy it.

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Phu Quoc Bun Ken stands out with its creativity in ingredients and flavors

2. Top 5 Bun Ken restaurants you must try when coming to Phu Quoc

2.1 Ut Luom Bun Ken

  • Address: 42, 30/4 Street, Phu Quoc
  • Reference price: 20,000 VND – 25,000 VND/bowl

Ut Luom restaurant has become a familiar destination for Phu Quoc people. Located in a central location and easy to find, the restaurant is an indispensable destination for people here. The restaurant space is large, creating a comfortable and airy feeling for diners when coming to eat at any time of the day.

The Bun Ken dish at Ut Luom restaurant is known for its rich and unique flavor and special broth made from noni fish. Bun Ken is memorable with the blend of broth and silverfish meat.

However, note that the shop is only open from 6:00 am to 10:00 am daily. Therefore, when you want to enjoy the noodles at Ut Luom restaurant, you should visit during the above time period to not miss the opportunity to enjoy this special dish.

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Ut Luom Bun Ken

2.2 Di Hong (Aunt Hong) Bun Ken

  • Address: No. 4 – Nguyen Trai – Phu Quoc City
  • Reference price: 25,000 VND – 30,000 VND/bowl

Aunt Hong’s restaurant is located right next to Dinh Cau Night Market, a famous address with more than 30 years of history on Pearl Island – Phu Quoc. Although this restaurant is only small in scale, the Bun Ken dish here is a pleasant surprise.

Aunt Hong’s Bun Ken bowl is attractive with a variety of toppings and delicious broth. The special thing is that the prices are extremely reasonable, making the food at Aunt Hong’s noodle restaurant attractive to all diners.

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Di Hong (Aunt Hong) Bun Ken

2.3 Co Thu (Aunt Thu) Bun Ken

  • Address: Area 1 – Duong Dong Ward – Phu Quoc City
  • Reference price: 20,000 VND – 35,000 VND/bowl

Co Thu noodle restaurant is one of the famous places in the center of Phu Quoc. This culinary destination stands out for ensuring food hygiene and safety in all stages from ingredient selection to processing. A special feature at Co Thu restaurant is the use of stewed broth made from silver fish caught in the waters of Phu Quoc. Therefore, the flavor of Phu Quoc Bun Ken here becomes richer and more attractive to diners.

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Co Thu Bun Ken

2.4 Di Lien (Aunt Lien) Bun Ken

  • Address: No. 15 – Bach Dang Street – Duong Dong Town – Phu Quoc City
  • Reference price: 20,000 – 30,000 VND/bowl

Di Lien Restaurant can be said to be a very old culinary address in Phu Quoc. The restaurant is famous for the diversity of its menu. Di Lien restaurant’s menu offers many famous specialties such as Bun Ken, crab noodle soup, chicken vermicelli, seafood noodles, mackerel noodle soup…

However, the Bun Ken dish at Aunt Lien’s is definitely a special feature. The typical broth of this dish is made from barracuda, combined with ingredients such as curry powder, five spices, and coconut milk. All ingredients create a unique, irresistibly delicious flavor. This combination will definitely make you “fall in love” right from the first taste.


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Aunt Lien Bun Ken

2.5 87 Phu Quoc Bun Ken

  • Address: No. 87 – Street 30/4 – Duong Dong Ward – Phu Quoc City
  • Reference price: 20,000 – 30,000 VND/bowl

87 Phu Quoc Bun Ken is located in an ideal location near the center of Duong Dong. Therefore, the view of sitting and eating Bun Ken at the restaurant is extremely beautiful and attractive. In addition, 87 Phu Quoc Bun Ken is not far from famous tourist attractions such as Phu Quoc Night Market and Duong Dong Market.

The Bun Ken dish at the restaurant is made with traditional ingredients and follows a unique recipe. What’s special and interesting is that the Bun Ken dish here is served with an attractive sweet and sour dipping sauce, creating an unforgettable flavor combination.

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87 Phu Quoc Bun Ken

3. How to eat Bun Ken Phu Quoc like a native?

When preparing a portion of Bun Ken to serve diners, restaurant owners in Phu Quoc will start by placing fresh rice noodles in a bowl. Then, they add some bean sprouts, herbs, papaya salad, sweet and sour fish sauce, and coconut milk on top. Next, the chef will pour the broth containing the pureed fish into the bowl.

When you enjoy, just mix all the ingredients in a bowl and start to feel the special flavor of Bun Ken. Phu Quoc Bun Ken bowl will bring you the spicy taste of chili, the fatty aroma of coconut milk, and the rich scent of the sea from the broth. This will definitely make you feel interesting and impressed from the first moments of enjoyment.

Phu Quoc Bun Ken is not only a delicious dish but also a unique culinary experience on this beautiful island. The special flavor of broth made from silverfish or barracuda along with the delicate combination of traditional ingredients, creates a unique dish. With the list of 5 famous noodle restaurants above, Rooty Trip hopes you will have a memorable culinary experience on the Pearl Island!




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