9 famous food you should try in Da Nang
Stands and storefronts line the streets of Da Nang selling all manner of local delicacies. Central Vietnamese food, prepared fresh by vendors and enjoyed by locals on Vietnam’s signature low stools and plastic chairs, offers surprising variety in both taste and presentation.
While these shops are plentiful, menus are written in only Vietnamese more times than not. This guide should help inform visitors what they’ll be eating and dishes not to be missed when visiting Da Nang.
These are Vietnamese crepes. The name literally means “sizzling cake” and the sound and smell of banh xeo frying can be found all over the city. They have a flour base, flavored and colored with turmeric, and are filled with pork belly, shrimp, sprouts and mung bean. It’s got a hearty, savory taste.
Address: 280 Hoang Dieu, Da Nang, Vietnam
Business Hours: 9:00am – 10:00pm
My Quang (Quang Noodle)
This is an iconic Central Vietnamese dish that has a lot of family recipes and secret ingredients. Each vendor has a unique take on it, but the main ingredients are always flat rice noodles, a zesty peanut and chicken broth base topped with all manner of meats, fish or even frog, and served with a side of rice crackers, herbs, and blossoms meant to be mixed in the bowl.
Mi Quang Bep Trang
Address 1: 441 Ong Ich Khiem, Da Nang
Address 2: 24-26 Le Hong Phong, Da Nang
Address 3: 24 Pasteur, Da Nang
Address 4: Lotte Mart Da Nang
Address 5: 10 Hung Vuong, Hoi An
Bussiness Hours: 7:00am – 10:00pm
Price: 30,000đ/bowl of noodle
Banh Mi (Vietnamese bread)
A relic of French colonialism and probably Vietnam’s most famous culinary export, the banh mi sandwich can be found at street stalls and bakeries nearly anywhere.
The baguette is cut and spread with pate, mayonnaise, cucumber, daikon pickles, and a pepper sauce then filled with either cold cuts, roast pork, or fried eggs to order. The rich meats and light vegetables lend a nice balance to this famous sandwich.
Banh mi vendors can be found on most streets in Da Nang.
Bun Mam (Anchovy sauce vermicelli)
This robust and filling soup originated somewhere south of Da Nang in the Me Kong River delta and as such features a diverse range of meat, seafood, and herbs. It consists of thin rice noodles in anchovy fish sauce from Nam O fishing village flavored broth topped with pork belly, squid, shrimp, eggplant, and both fish and fish cake. The meaty dish is served with a side of herbs and blossoms to add dimension to the savory broth and toppings.
Bun Mam Food Court
Address: 23 Tran Ke Xuong, Hai Chau District
Business Hours: 9am – 10pm
Price: 20,000/bowl of vermicelli
Bun Cha Ca (Fish ball vermicelli)
A rice vermicelli based soup in a tangy broth served piping hot, Bun Cha Ca originally hails from the north, but can be found all over Da Nang. This dish is simple, but delicious in its simplicity. Steaming noodles are topped with fish cakes and balls of all shapes and sizes served alongside special nuoc cham sweet and sour fish sauce. The light and tangy soup sometimes garnished with soy cakes as well.
Address 1: Ba Phien Restaurant -51, 63 Le Hong Phong, Hai Chau District
Address 2: Ong Ta Restaurant – 97 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Hai Chau District
Address 3: 109 Restaurant – 109 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Hai Chau District
Business Hours: 6:00am – 10:00pm
Price: 35,000đ/bowl of vermicelli
Com Ga (Chicken Rice)
Cultures the world over have some variation on this dish, the classic chicken and rice. The Central Vietnamese take consists of roast chicken, fried rice, pickles, vegetables and hot soup. It’s simple, hearty, and filling.
Pham Hong Thai Food Court
Address: Whole Pham Hong Thai Street
Business Hours: 3:00pm – 3:00am (next day)
Bo Ne (Vietnamese Beef Steak)
This beef dish is a rich and filling take on the banh mi that originated in Saigon. An iron plate is filled with all kinds of meat—beef, sausage, pate, and whatever else is on the menu. The cook cracks an egg over the meat and puts the whole plate over an open flame, grilling the ingredients together in their juices. The sizzling plate is dropped off right at the table and served with a toasted baguette.
3 Ngon Restaurants
Address 1: 20 Nguyen Van Linh, Hai Chau District
Address 2: 17 Nguyen Van Thoai, Son Tra District
Address 3: 244 Nguyen Cong Tru, Son Tra District
Business Hours: 6.30am – 11am and 5pm – 10pm
Nam O Sashimi
Originating in the Nam O fishing village that lies at the foot of Hai Van Pass, the outskirts of Da Nang, this traditional Vietnamese raw fish dish takes advantage of the constant influx of fresh seafood. There are two varieties of this sashimi.
The first is soft fresh fish (what most would be familiar with) and the second is a dried jerky. It’s served with a spicy sauce and a fish sauce and carries the distinct clean flavor of just caught fish.
Address 1: Thanh Huong Restaurant – 1029 Nguyen Luong Bang, Lien Chieu District
Address 2: Vinh Restaurant- 960 Nguyen Luong Bang, Lien Chieu District
Business Hours: 6am to 10pm
Banh Trang Cuon Thi Heo (Pork wrapped in rice paper)
This Central Vietnamese take on the spring roll is a hands-on experience. Grilled pork is served with local greens and, sometimes, some banh xeo thrown in the mix. The most important ingredient, rice paper is laid out in long square sheets. Diners arrange the ingredients on rice paper held flat on the palm, rolled with the other hand, and eaten. It’s a fresh light dish especially popular around Tet.
All Vietnamese dishes are accompanied by trà đá meaning tea, which can be green or herbal.