Danang, where there are spectacular mountain range and stunning beaches, is renowned as an ideal destination for nature lovers. Additional to that, the city also captures travelers’ hearts by its special cuisine. Home to many famous delicacies, Danang is a haunted place for those loving to try different foods.
1. Banh trang cuon thit heo (Sliced pork rolled with rice paper)
“Banh trang cuon thit heo” is perhaps the most famous Danang specialty. Like what its name states, the two main materials of this dish are pork and rice paper. You may try some rolled dishes in other regions of Vietnam, but I believe “banh trang cuon thit heo” will offer you a totally different experience.
There are fat at both ends of the pork slices
The pork looks unique and hard to make as there are fat at both ends of a slice. It can be boiled or roasted and then cut into very thin slices. Different to other rolled dishes, with “banh trang cuon thit heo”, there is an additional layer of rice flour, which is actually “pho” before being cut into small strips. It is put right beyond the rice paper. Pork and vegetables are put on also. There are various types of fresh herbs to add to the dish such as lettuce, banana blossoms, Thai basils, and peppermint.
“banh trang cuon thit heo”
The rolls are served with a bowl of “mam nem” (anchovy fish sauce) – a very special sauce made by Danang people. This sauce is made from fermented anchovy sauce, pineapple, garlic, and hot chili. You can also add lime to the sauce. “Mam nem” is used as the dipping sauce for many dishes, and it tastes exceptionally good with boiled pork. For the very first try, you might feel uncomfortable due to its strong smell, but you will absolutely be in love with it once you are familiar with it.
“Banh trang cuon thit heo” is so wonderful that it is considered the top must-eat in Danang. The appetizing taste of it will undoubtedly fit your taste buds.
2. Banh xeo (Sizzling cake)
“Banh xeo” is not only an additive Danang street food but also the typical dish when mentioning the cuisine of Central Vietnam. Your Danang food tours will not be complete without trying this mouth-watering dish.
“Xeo” means the sizzling sound appearing while the cake is being cooked. Some call it the crispy pancake. “Banh xeo” is made from rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric. The cake is perfectly pan-fried with various kinds of ingredients such as pork slices, shrimps, sliced onions, bean sprouts, and mushrooms. The well-cooked cake has an attractively yellow flower. “Banh xeo” tastes best when being eaten with lettuce, herbs, and sweet fermented peanut butter sauce. Some people love to wrap “banh xeo” and all other additional ingredients by rice paper to make it easier to eat. Regarded as the “Vietnamese crepe”, “banh xeo” is absolutely a worth-trying dish in your Danang cuisine tour.
3. Mi Quang (Quang Noodle)
If you are considering what to eat in Danang, “mi Quang” (Quang Noodle) cannot be a better choice. It is a well-known variant of “pho” which is created by Quang people.
The attractive yellow color of “mi Quang”
It is also a made-from-rice-flour dish and it has the perfect combination of the white of noodles and the yellow of turmeric. The dish also includes different ingredients like shrimp, pork, fish, crab, and vegetables. Different to other variants of “pho”, “mi Quang” only consists of very little broth. Additional ingredients are used as toppings like peanuts and traditional rice crackers. The noodle is served with a variety of fresh herbs such as young banana flowers, mint leaves, cabbage, coriander, and cress. Combining various types of things, “mi Quang” has a flavorful taste that would whet your appetizing.
There is also a white version
Danang is also home to many other delicacies like “bun mam” (noodle salad with anchovy fish sauce”, “che” (sweet soup”, and “banh canh” (noodle soup); however, the three foods above are the top dishes that travelers should not miss. Taking Danang food tours to savor the wonderful tastes of its specialties is definitely a right choice for your travel.