Beside the famous tourist attractions, Danang city is also famous for its tasty and fresh food. There are plenty of places where you can try different local dishes there. Here is a list of the top local foods in Danang city:
1. Pho (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)
We can say Pho is the icon dish of Vietnam cuisine. It is a magical combination of fantastic beef broth with many herbs, tender beef or beef flank, meat ball and bean sprout. People can have in all type of meal during their day. A delicious bowl of Pho can definitely make your day.
There are so many places to try Pho in Danang, however here are some famous one you should try:
a. Pho Hong @ 10 Ly Tu Trong street, Danang:
This is a good place in case you visit Han Market or walking along Han River and want to have a clean and nice place for meal. They not only serve Pho with beef or chicken but also other dishes such as spring roll, roasted pork with rice paper etc.
Opening time: 8.00 am to 22.00 pm
Budget: from 40,000 vnd to 220,000 vnd
b. Pho Lan Beo @ 156 30 Tháng 4 street, Da nang:
This is one of the most famous Pho restaurant not only for tourists but also for local people. This is such a nice place if you stay near Helio Park/ Asia Park or Lottemart. Although they are a local restaurant with just normal tables, but everything is quite clean. Please make note they don’t have small portion for Pho. With the price range from 45.000 vnd to 60,000 vnd, this is such a nice place to try local pho. Besides Pho, they also have hot pot with beef, vermicelli.
Opening time: 06.00 – 11.00
Afternoon from 16.00 to 21.00
Budget: from 45,000 vnd to 60,000 vnd
c. Pho Ha Thanh @ 25 Phan Thanh street, Danang
If you don’t mind tiny restaurants with small tables and chairs, you just focus on the taste of Pho, so this is one of the best places for you. Despite the ugly looking and small space, they make wonderful chicken Pho and beef Pho with local price from 25,000 vnd to 45,000 vnd.
Opening time: 06.00 am- 12.00 noon
Afternoon from 16.30 pm to 21.00 pm
2. Banh Xeo – Vietnamese savory pancake.
If you get tired with the heat and humidity of this city, and don’t want to have something hot for meal, so Banh Xeo or Vietnamese savory pancake is an ideal wrap and roll dish. Make your own roll with rice paper, pancake, pickles and vegetables, then dip it into the thick sauce. That is what we call a perfection!
For low carb team, don’t worry, they will bring us dozen of grilled pork mousse in bamboo sticks that you can use instead of the pancake. And even the cake itself is not too floury.
There are many restaurants selling this yummy dish, but here are my favorite ones:
a. Banh Xeo Ba Duong @ K280/23 Hoang Dieu Ward, Hai Chau District, Danang city (the last restaurant at the end of alley):
If you ask any local about the most famous restaurant for Banh Xeo, so most of the answers are Banh Xeo Ba Duong. With more than 31 years of experience, they make a heavenly crispy pancake, a special dipping sauce, variety type of pickles, vegetable and sauce. The special taste and the freshness of their ingredients will satisfy most of their clients.
Opening time from 9.00 am to 21.00 pm
b. Bánh Xèo Tôm Nhảy Năm Hiền @ 46 Phan Thanh, Danang.
This restaurant is very famous for it fresh pancake with fresh river shrimp (they call Tom Nhay meaning the shrimp is still jumping), pork in bamboo stick and roasted pork served with rice paper. They are all served with plenty of fresh vegetable, pickles, rice paper and a very nice dipping sauce. If you love summer roll, this is a place you should try.
Opening time: 10.00 am to 22.00 pm
c. Banh Xeo Mien Trung: @ 280/14 Hoàng Diệu Street, Da nang.
This restaurant is on the way to Banh Xeo Ba Duong, and is a great idea if you don’t like the crowd in Banh Xeo Ba Duong. They not only serve pancakes, pork in bamboo stick but also grilled beef, noodle salad with grilled pork and spring roll. The cost is also reasonable from 25,000 vnd to 80,000 vnd.
Opening time: 9.00 am to 21.00 pm
3. Bun Cha Ca – fish cake noodle soup
If you are a big fan of fish dishes, so this tasty noodle soup should be on your top list of food to try. This orange fish cake noodle soup will be an ideal dish to begin your day or just a nice snack whenever you feel hungry. It is a perfect combination of tomato, cabbage, bamboo shot, pineapple, fresh vegetable and certainly fish cakes. Take a sip, you can feel the sympathy of ocean from steamed and fried fish cakes, the well stewed broth, the freshness from vegetables, pineapple, tomato and other cooking ingredients. It is mouthwatering.
a.Bun Cha Ca Ba Hon @ 113/3 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Da nang
If you come here in the morning, you could feel alone because you may be the only foreigner in this restaurant. This is one of the most common place for local breakfast with a reasonable cost: from 20,000 vnd to 40,000 vnd per bowl. They also offer different side seasonings such as shrimp paste, chili flake, fresh chilly, crushed chilly and garlic, fish sauce. A spoon of bun cha ca will wake your day up.
Opening from 06.00 am to 22.00 pm
b. Bun cha ca 109 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Da nang
If you don’t want the crowd and tiny space in the restaurant above, so Bun Cha Ca 109 is other selection for you. Their noodle is famous for the well stew broth from fish bones, and the fresh daily made fish cakes. With 40 years of experience, they are proudly one of the best place for Bun Cha Ca
c. Bun Cha Ca Ba Phien @ 63 Le Hong Phong, Da nang
With 30 years of experience, this local restaurant has improved it quality with different types of fillings served with the broth such as fish cake, crab meat, shrimp cake, tuna, and mackerel. It is only costing 25,000 vnd to 55,000 vnd per bowl.
Opening time: 6.00 am to 21.00 pm
4. My Quang or Quang noodle salad.
Of the most common noodle dishes in Danang city is My Quang or Quang noodle salad which is combined with shrimp, pork or beef, eel, egg, vegetable ad rice cracker. It is such a wonderful treat for hot days.
a. My quang Ba Mua @ 19-21 Tran Binh Trong street & 231 Dong Da street: this restaurant is probably one of the best restaurants about My Quang in town with different selections from pork and egg, beef, chicken, jelly fish, eel with the cost from 25,000 vnd to 50,000 vnd. It will impress you with the umami taste of the meat, freshness of vegetables, and the crispy from rice paper.
b. My quang 1A @ 1a Hai Phong Street: this restaurant is famous for its reasonable dishes from 25,000 to 40,000 vnd per dish. There are many selections such as my tom thit (noodle with shrimp and pork), my ga (noodle with chicken), dac biet (assorted one).
Opening time: 7.00 am to 22.00 pm
If you want to keep trying Pho or Vietnamese beef noodle soup and Banh Xeo, you can learn to make them. With a nice cooking lesson within 4 hours, you will be escorted to buy, prepare and make those dishes in the easy way. I did learn it at Jolie cooking class, accidentally recommended by my cousin who was there. The class was wonderful, so informative with a lot of fun. Thank to Ms Jolie and Ms Ha with your kind guidance, so I can try to eat Pho and pancake every weekend.