Phú Quốc is an island, right? So, unsurprisingly, the thing to eat there is pizza.
OH! Seafood! Right! Yes. And it turns out these guys boast some of the best squid in the whole world.
There are beautiful restaurants on the beach if you are in the mood for ambience and romance. Tables are set up on the sand, so kick off your sandals and just jam your toes right into the ground. It's a good, freeing feeling.
We only did this one night. The rest of the time we were on Phú Quốc, we went to the night market.
(Actually, not this night market; there's not really any food here. There's another market a block away where all the restaurants are. This one just has pretty lights.)
We chose the place with the nicest-looking fish table and grabbed seats. That's the best advice I can give you - everyone will try to get you into their restaurant, but just smile heartily, look over what they're offering, thank them, and move on to the next place until you finish the rounds. Then go back to wherever looks best.
And order up a seafood feast.
Fresh sea urchin, with the traditional-style dip of local black pepper and lime - this is my new favorite all-purpose dip.
Grilled scallops with black pepper, peanuts, green onion, and fish sauce.
You pick it, they grill it! (Luckily, this isn't as interactive as Mel's Char Palace - that link should work inside the US - please tell me if it doesn't - the seafood is already dead and cleaned for you. Phew.)
These prawns were the size of my forearm.
They even do takeout, if, say, you're sunburned and sleepy.
No, this isn't the place we ate, no matter how tempting the name.
Maybe they should hire a PR person?
Fun find for you! This isn't unique to Phú Quốc - it's all over Vietnam, in fact - but now when you see these big jars full of what look like pickled eggs, you'll know what you're looking at.
These are pickled, salted limes. Try them mashed with soda water and sugar for a refreshing and slightly odd-tasting pickle/sweet drink called Chanh muối.
Last bit of Phú Quốc eating: SeaStar made Logan a cake for his birthday! Totally unprompted! We had to show our passports when we checked in, and they must have made a note that we'd be there for his birthday. Isn't that sweet? We were definitely far from home, but this nice little touch made us feel cared for.
Thanks for the wonderful food, Phú Quốc! Next, we blast off into the countryside in search of the island's specialties.