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Grilled Fish in Vietnam

The beach: Bai Truong Beach, on breathtaking Phu Quoc island in Vietnam

The place: The Palm Tree, a sand-floor, family-run seafood shack next to the La Veranda resort

The dish: Ca chien sot tieu, whole fish grilled in foil and served with the island's renowned nuoc mam fish sauce

Phu Quoc, an island off the coast of Vietnam, is famous for two things. It's one of the most buzzed-about emerging destinations in southeast Asia (luxury hotels are swooping in as you read this). And Phu Quoc is renowned among epicures for producing some of the world's finest peppercorns and the very best fish sauce, that briny, heady condiment ubiquitous in southeast Asian cuisines. Right in front of the La Veranda resort, you'll find the Palm Tree, an open-air beach shack that serves up seafood about as fast as the local fishermen catch it. The Palm Tree doesn't have refrigeration, so preparations tend to be classic and simple. The whole fish grilled with nuoc mam and peppercorns combines the best of the island on one paper plate—add some silky sand, a view of gentle waves, and a friendly, homey atmosphere, and you've got something much better than a cheeseburger in paradise.

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The Palm Tree
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc
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Photo courtesy of Wyorck, Flickr

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