TOP 10 DISHES YOU MUST TRY IN DANANG
Danang is best known for its pristine beaches, rolling mountains, luxury sea view hotels and beach resorts. But that is not the only factor that helps this city in gaining popularity among tourists. Wandering around, you will be amazed by the variety of food that this beautiful city has to offer. Fresh seafood, various cuts of meat, local herbs and greens are mixed together to create a myriad of colors and flavors that you won’t find anywhere else. Follow this list of 10 must-try dishes in Danang, selected exclusively by Altara Suites for you, to fall deeper in love with this city.
1. Mi Quang Ba Mua (Madam Mua Quang Noodles)
Address: 19 Tran Binh Trong Street
231 Dong Da Street
Opening hours: 06:00 – 21:30
Mi Quang is the signature dish of Danang featuring chewy rice noodles that are tinted yellow using turmeric and a shallow pool of bone broth, topped with river shrimp, boiled quail eggs, and roast pork. In many eateries, you can also opt for other choices such as beef, chicken, snakehead fish, or eel. The dish is then topped with an array of fresh herbs such as; basil, lettuce, and coriander, along with peanuts and sliced banana blossoms. Lastly, green chili peppers, lime, and sesame rice crackers are added to give a special kick to the flavor.
2. Banh Xeo Ba Duong (Madam Duong’s Pancakes)
Address: 280/23 Hoang Dieu Street
Opening hours: 15:00 – 22:00
Usually eaten as a snack or appetizer, you can find banh xeo sold at roadside stalls, local markets, and restaurants within Danang. This food is a basic combination of pancake (which is made of rice flour), coconut milk, turmeric and then filled with vermicelli noodles, meat, shrimps and vegetables. The best way to eat banh xeo is to wrap the crispy pancake in rice paper together with a mustard leaf, some lettuce, mint leaves, basil and, most importantly, nem lui (lemongrass flavored pork served on skewers). Then dip it in fermented peanut sauce and let this delicious dish surprise you.
3. Bang Trang Cuon Thit Heo Ba Mau (Mau Quan Pork Roll)
Address: 35 Do Thuc Tinh Street
Opening hours: 8:00 – 22:30
A typical portion of banh trang cuon thit heo includes a plate filled with pork, a bowl of rice noodles, sheets of rice paper, along with fresh herbs and vegetables. The meat is selected carefully and boiled to perfection so that you can savor the sweetness and tenderness in each bite. A large tray of vegetables is offered with lettuce, basil, bean sprouts, banana blossoms, onions, perilla, cabbage, cucumber and more. The dipping sauce is rich in flavor, giving you a taste of the sea, and the hot spicy chili peppers will bring tears to your eyes… yet somehow you keep wanting to eat more.
4. Bun Mam Ba Thuyen (Madam Thuyen’s Vietnamese Gumbo)
Address: 424/03 Le Duan Street
Opening hours: 6:00 – 18:00
“Noodles” is a term commonly used for many different types of food in Vietnam. What most people don’t know is that each kind of noodle has its own flavor. Nowadays tourists go out of their way to look for a particular fermented thick Vietnamese vermicelli soup called “Vietnamese Gumbo”. Its main ingredients include vermicelli, grilled pork or beef, fermented pork roll, boiled young jackfruit, shrimp paste, peanuts, and vegetables. We’ve concluded it’s even better than people make it out to be.
5. Banh Mi Ba Lan
Address: 62 Trung Nu Vuong Street
Opening hours: 9:00 – 11:00 PM | 16:00 – 21:00
Banh mi Ba Lan has been a well-known place to be for this staple dish of Danang, existing for over 30 years, and for good reason. These famous Vietnamese sandwiches are always generously filled and layered as follows: first is a thick layer of Pate, then a thin layer of mayonnaise home-made with quality eggs, next is a layer of ham, then some ‘cha’, basil, cilantro, green pepper, green onion and to top it all off a bit of pepper and salt. Your very happy stomach from the generous amount of filling will thank you while you are exploring the city.
6. Banh Canh Ca Loc Thanh Huong
Address: 130 Le Dinh Duong Street
Opening hours: 7:00 – 21:30
Banh canh ca loc is a popular dish in central Vietnam. The dish is cooked with banh canh (freshly made from rice flour and wheat flour), snakehead fish, bone marrow broth, lemongrass, satay sauce, fried onion and garlic, coriander, pepper, sugar and fish sauce. It is best to enjoy this dish when it is hot. Tip: add in chili or hot sauce to further enhance the taste.
7. Bun Cha Ca Ong Ta (Fishcake Noodle Soup)
Address: 113A Nguyen Chi Thanh Street
Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00
Bun cha ca (fishcake noodle soup) is popular among seafood lovers due to its generous chunks of grilled fishcakes, green onions, beansprouts, mint leaves, and fine rice vermicelli noodles. With a combination of mackerel, barracuda or lizardfish, the meat is marinated with garlic, pepper, salt and chili before it’s kneaded into small pieces and grilled until fully cooked. Meanwhile, the broth is prepared by simmering a mix of fish bones, pumpkin, cabbage, pineapple, tomato and dried bamboo shoots, resulting in a rich, hearty, and flavorful ensemble.
8. Hai San Be Man (Be Man Seafood)
Address: Lot 11, Vo Nguyen Giap Street
Opening hours: 9:00 – 23:00
Danang is a beach city so you will never run out of options for good seafood restaurants. Grab a table when you arrive, and then walk to the back of the restaurant where you will find an array of buckets filled with live seafood to choose from. From clams, sea snails, lobster, crab, to more species we’ve never seen before, simply point at your seafood of choice and quote your table number. Head back to your table and prepare to enjoy the freshness from the ocean.
9. Banh Beo Ba Be
Address: 100 Hoang Van Thu Street
Opening hours: 7:00 – 18:00
Banh beo, banh nam, banh loc, most food shops sell these 3 kinds of “banh” together. In the central region, the name “banh” is applied to many kinds of food made from fine powder except for noodles. Before getting boiled in a big pot, banh nam and banh loc is wrapped in banana leaves, while banh beo is poured and boiled in small bowls. These 3 are served with 2 different bowls of fish sauce: one is more salty than the other. Be sure to use the more salty one for banh nam and banh loc, and the other for banh beo. Banh beo varies in shape and size from shop to shop.
10. Rau Cau Trai Dua
Address: Bach Dang Street
Opening hours: 18:00 – 23:00
Light, refreshing, with just the right amount of sweetness, you can find numerous dessert cafes selling rau cau trai dua (coconut jelly) along Bach Dang Street, facing the Han River. Priced around VND 25,000, this Da Nang dessert is served in a coconut shell (with its flesh still intact); its top layer is custard-like coconut cream while the bottom consists of jelly made with coconut water. Rau cau trai dua is also a good dessert option for travelling vegans, as the jelly is made from seaweed called agar-agar. Perfect for those warm Danang days. Or for when its cold. Pretty much always good.
Address: No 120 Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Phuoc My Ward, Son Tra District, Danang
Hotline: +84 236 2687979