Magnificent beaches, wonderful historic architecture, friendly people, and incredibly tasty food. Tell me what does Da Nang not have?

A Glimpse of Da Nang

Da Nang city
Glorious Da Nang

Da Nang is ideally located among three world heritage sites: Hue ancient capital, Hoi An ancient town, and My Son sanctuary. The city itself also has many famous attractions such as Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains), Ba Na Hills, Son Tra Peninsula, Hai Van Pass, Han River, and My Khe Beach – one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. But today, let’s set aside the attractions and check out 13 addictive Da Nang foods that’ll help you to explore its authentic cuisine!

If you haven’t heard anything about the Marble Mountains, Ba Na Hills, or Son Tra Peninsula, don’t worry, this article will help you get to know all of them!

Mi Quang (Quang Style Noodles)

“There are Hanoians that have never cooked pho, Saigonese that have never cooked hu tiu, but there isn’t one Quang Nam local that has never cooked mi Quang.” Mi Quang is not only a big star of its hometown – Quang Nam province but it’s also regarded as a specialty of Da Nang City. The noodles are incredibly soft, glutinous, and full of genuine rich rice flavor. Turmeric broth, tender chicken, dry pancake, roasted peanuts, and fresh vegetables combine to make this dish more delicious. Many locals like enjoying this food for breakfast, but you can see people hurriedly slurping their bowl at all times of the day.

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Mi Quang, a specialty of Quang Nam province

Let me tell you a secret: Authentic mi Quang is eaten with nine different kinds of herbs: lettuce, Thai basil, spearmint, watercress, bean sprouts, Vietnamese mint, cilantro, scallion, and sliced banana flowers. These unique flavors help balance the dish and make it more healthy.

My suggestion: Mi Quang Ba Vi
Location: 166 Le Dinh Duong Street, My An Ward, Hai Chau District
Opening Hours: 6:30 AM – 10 PM
Price range: 1.5 USD – 2 USD

Banh Canh (Cake Soup)

This is exactly the food that will warm your heart and soul! Cake soup can be made from both rice flour and wheat flour, but more commonly it’s made with cassava flour. The cake is as long as a chopstick and super chewy. An interesting fact is that the cake isn’t boiled until guests come in and order the food to prevent the unwanted fast expansion of its texture. I know in some countries, it may be rude to blow on food to cool it down, but this is Vietnam, my friend! Banh canh is in its best state when it’s hot, so cool it down as fast as possible and go for it!

The broth of banh canh is made from fresh shrimp, fish, and pork bones. It goes best with boneless fish, fish balls, shrimp, and pork pie. And honestly, it tastes just as good, if not better, than it sounds!

My suggestion: Banh canh Be Hue
Location: 46 Tran Cao Van Street, Thanh Khe District
Opening Hours: 6 AM – 10 PM
Price range: 0.8 USD – 1.2 USD

Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo (Rice Paper with Pork)

I’ve been wondering about this for a long time: with basic ingredients, how can this dish be so good? Pork shoulder and buttocks are steamed to retain the juiciness of the meat. Vegetables are easy to find (you know, it’s Vietnam!), but they must be fresh. The vital ingredient that takes this dish to the next level is the typical Vietnamese sauce called “mam nem.

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Rice paper with pork is a popular dish in Da Nang 

To make mam nem, the chef chooses fresh anchovies, washes and dries them thoroughly, then mixes them with salt, and powdered grilled rice. After that, the mixture is put in jars. Sugar, chili, and garlic is added when the mixture turns red. A roll of succulent pork matched with fresh raw vegetables dipped into the sweet, salty, and spicy mam nem will absolutely create an unforgettable food experience for you!

My suggestion: Banh trang cuon thit heo Quynh Dai Loc
Location: 176 Nguyen Hoang Street, Hai Chau District
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM
Price range: 1.7 USD

Bun Cha Ca (Fish Cake Noodles)

I believe that bun cha ca is the most “controversial” dish in Vietnam. I say this because unlike bun cha (grilled pork and noodles) which clearly originated in Hanoi, or bun bo Hue (Hue beef noodles), every coastal province in Vietnam insists that bun cha ca is its specialty! Bun cha ca in Da Nang has two kinds of fish cakes: steamed fish cake and fried fish cake. However, the fried fish cake is more popular. Which one is going to be your favorite? I can’t choose!

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Photo: Jamja

My suggestion: Bun cha ca Ong Ta
Location: 113A Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Hai Chau District
Opening Hours: 7 AM – 10 PM
Price range: 1.5 USD – 3.3 USD

Banh Xeo (Fried Pancake)

Believe me, this mouth-watering pancake is not only attractive but also tasty to boot! The chef chooses a typical rice in Quang Nam province, mixes it with turmeric powder, and then blends the mixture into the water for four hours so that the pancake is crispy on the edge and soft in the middle. To make a drop-dead delicious pancake, the chef has to fry it over a massive fire and at the most opportune time, add in other ingredients like bean sprouts, pork, shrimp, and fold the pancake when it’s fully fried. Once you’ve tried this, I have a strong feeling that you will say: “Gimme more!”

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Banh xeo Ba Tuyet Da Nang

My suggestion: Banh xeo Ba Tuyet
Location: K25/16 Tran Quoc Toan Street, Hai Chau District
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 8:30 PM
Price range: 1 USD – 2.5 USD

Goi Ca Nam O (Nam O Fish Salad)

Nam O fish salad is made from fresh raw fish with a touch of chili, garlic, ginger, galangal, and fish sauce. The dish needs to be spicy, because only when the spices gather together can the fishy odor be killed. The salty taste of fish sauce, the fatty flavor of fresh fish along with the fresh texture of raw banana and other herbs, will make you stick to your chopsticks… forever!

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Source: Instagram @thiennguyen1012

If you need more seafood suggestions special to Da Nang, check out this article here.

My suggestion: Goi ca Da Da
Location: 179 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, Hai Chau District
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Price range: 2.5 USD – 6.5 USD

Banh Trang Dap (“Breaking” Rice Paper)

I know many of you are wondering where this vague name came from. Although it sounds violent, it’s actually not that brutal at all. The name “breaking” rice paper came from the action of gently breaking the outer layer of grilled rice paper so it sticks to the inner layer of steamed thin rice pancake. This will make the food way tastier!

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Banh dap Da Nang

What makes this dish delicious is not only the crispy grilled rice paper but also the steamed thin rice pancake, peanuts and of course, the sauce! You might remember the name of this sauce from a different dish!  Well, it’s a popular fish sauce that is used with almost every Vietnamese rice-paper dish: mam nem.

You don’t need to (and shouldn’t) sit at a luxury table to enjoy this food. Just settle down on small local chairs, observe the Da Nang nightlife, and the food will do the rest of its job to make your evening glorious.

My suggestion: a street store on Do Quang street
Location: 47 Do Quang Street, Thanh Khe District
Opening Hours: 2 PM – 7 PM
Price range: 0.5 USD – 1.5 USD

Banh Kho Me (Sesame Dried Cake)

Sesame dried cake is such a magical cake that when the Vietnamese try it, they feel like they’re back in their pure childhood! Banh kho me is made from simple ingredients, such as rice flour, sticky rice, sugar, ginger, and sesame. No chemicals are used to help remind people of the old Vietnam when everything was made naturally. The cake is made into square or rectangular shapes, and on its outside surface is a beaming tide of sesame and melted sugar.

Another reason that this cake makes you feel like home is its cooking process. To make a good batch, the cook has to carefully grill this cake on the fire seven times! Doesn’t it feel like home sweet home, when your mom is always putting all her effort and time into making your food? At night, chewing sweet and aromatic sesame dried cake while sipping fresh Da Nang tea made from ginseng and pandan leaves will definitely be an eternal remembrance.

My suggestion: Banh kho me Ba Lieu Me
Location: 200/1 Ong Ich Duong Street, Cam Le District
Opening Hours: 6 AM – 10 PM
Price range: 1.2 USD – 2.2 USD

Tra Sam Dua Da Nang (Da Nang Pandan Tea)

Coffee fans, please don’t skip this! I know some of you may not feel familiar with the bitter flavor of Vietnamese tea but Da Nang tea is easier to drink! It is a popularly refreshing tea made from young green tea buds, pandan leaves, and some other flowers. It has a touch of sweet-scented smell that can knock you out at the very first moment! Unlike ordinary tea which can cause insomnia, Da Nang tea is a natural medicine that helps you sleep with ease.

My suggestion: Dai Loc Phat supermarket
Location: 12 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Thanh Khe District
Opening Hours: 6:30 AM – 10 PM
Price range: 2.3 USD – 2.5 USD

Cha Bo Da Nang (Da Nang Beef Sausage)

Don’t judge this specialty by its outward appearance because its taste is extremely enjoyable! First, the chef has to select first-class beef, then remove all the beef tendons, and finally puree the meat thoroughly. After that, a portion of spices including onions, garlic, pepper, and salt are added. Once it’s cooked completely, you can smell the alluring aroma of beef and herbs. It will be even more appetizing if you pair it with pickles.

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Photo: Shop Faifo

My suggestion: Dai Loc Phat supermarket
Location: 12 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Thanh Khe District
Opening Hours: 6:30 AM – 10 PM
Price range: 7 USD – 7.2 USD

Tre (Pork Seasoned with Sesame and Galangal)

Tre main ingredients are lean pork meat, buttocks, belly, and skin. After the packaging process, (the pork is stuffed with spices such as dried fish sauce, garlic, galangal, and sesame seeds and left for two or three days) it is then kept in the refrigerator for 15 days. Tre will then have an inviting aroma of pork, galangal, and garlic. To further create an intoxicating scent, the dish is wrapped in banana and guava leaves in order to increase the flavor and maintain the best quality.

My suggestion: Dai Loc Phat supermarket
Location: 12 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Thanh Khe District
Opening Hours: 6:30 AM – 10 PM
Price range: 3.3 USD – 3.6 USD

Rong Bien My Khe (My Khe Seaweed)

My Khe Beach is one of the most attractive beaches in Da Nang and obviously the pride of the local people. Not only that, this place also has a very valuable specialty, called My Khe seaweed. Although seaweed is quite familiar and often available in the sea, My Khe seaweed is something else. This kind of seaweed is collected from My Khe Beach, famous for its fresh and beautiful water, so the nutrient content is quite high, hygienic, and practical for health.

I have to admit that the appearance and the flavor of this food is like day and night! Even though it looks a bit uninviting, it tastes naturally sweet and fresh once it’s cooked! This is also favored as a summer herb.

My suggestion: Dai Loc Phat supermarket
Location: 12 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Thanh Khe District
Opening Hours: 6:30 AM – 10 PM
Price range: 3.3 USD – 3.6 USD

Hai San (Seafood)

Nothing is better than a full dish of seafood to call it a day, right? Da Nang is a coastal city, so you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the fresh seafood of this land from steamed crabs, scallops grilled with onions, to seafood hot pot, oysters, and other billion kinds of tasty seafood dishes. We have a full guide to just seafood alone in Da Nang as well.

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Fresh lobster selling in a market in Da Nang

My suggestion: Hai san Bien Man
Location: 01 Tran Hung Dao Street, Son Tra District
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 11 PM
Price range: 1.5 USD – 4.4 USD

Pho (Beef Noodles)

All travelers looking to visit Vietnam probably know about the legendary dish of Vietnam – pho – a delicious noodle bowl served in a well-cooked broth of meat, bones, and herbs. Even though Da Nang is not the birthplace of pho, or famous for having a distinct cooking style like Hanoi or Saigon, there’s also a number of great pho restaurants in Da Nang for you to try. If you’ve had quite enough of all the seafood in this beach city and other local cuisines above, get a bowl of pho to refresh your taste buds.

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Photo: Pho Lan Beo

Like other cities in Vietnam, there are a lot of long-standing pho restaurants in Da Nang, which have been open since the 1900s because of a secret recipe that has been passed down through many generations. This means that every pho restaurant has a unique taste to showcase. And the more amazing part is the prices in Da Nang are a bit lower than in Hanoi and Saigon, so feel free to choose their biggest option! It will cost you around 50,000 to 55,000 VND for a special bowl. That’s only a little over two dollars and if you’re starting your morning in the heat and ocean, then a bowl of pho is a really good idea.

My suggestion: Pho Lan Beo
Location: 8 Ly Tu Trong, Hai Chau, Da Nang
Opening hours: 7 AM – 10 PM
Price range: 1.3 USD – 2.3 USD

Do you feel lost after reading this list and don’t know where to go? Join the Food Tour in Da Nang with the Onetrip team and you don’t have to worry about a thing! Just sit back, relax, and most importantly, keep your stomach empty to try all this city has to offer. Take a trip through Da Nang’s coastal roads into hidden alleyways to experience a variety of authentic dishes in Central Vietnam. And you’re just a click away.

What are you waiting for? Go to Da Nang, try the food, and I believe that you will say “This is basically heaven on Earth!” And don’t forget to check out more awesome Da Nang articles from us to explore this city to the fullest!

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Great post! I have not tried Goi ca NamO. It looks yummy. My mouth is watering when i think about them. Especially Banhxeo, this food was amazing. I joined Jolie Danang Cooking Class and got to know how to make Banh xeo, Pho, Papaya salad and rice paper- all foods were wonderful. I did buy some beef sausages for my friends, they also love it. Da Nang is a heaven of foods.

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