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Food in Danang is representative of the rich culinary heritage in Vietnam’s central region. While there are iconic Danang local foods, you’ll also find famous dishes from the nearby regions.
The food in Danang is varied and includes noodle soups, seafood dishes, skewers, fermented pork snacks and much more.
There is plenty of amazing Danang local food and this is by no means an exhaustive list.
We put together this Da Nang food guide from our visits to Danang where we traveled slow exploring the local specialties.
During our second and most recent visit, we had the pleasure of being guided to little known local joints.
Phong, who helped us find our apartment, also happened to be a food lover. And together, we ate some of the most delicious Danang local food.
In this guide, find the top authentic food in Danang you want to eat. From breakfast, to dishes and desserts, these are the Danang local foods not to miss.
As they say in Danang,“Chúc quý khách ngon miệng” or have a good meal.
1 – Mì Quảng or Mi Quang – Quang Style Noodles
We can’t talk about the food in Danang without talking about Mi Quang, the most famous dish in the city.
Mi Quang pronounced “Me Wang” is a classic dish from central Vietnam. This was one of our favorite Danang foods we could always count on.
Part soup and part salad, the dish consists of flat rice noodles, your choice of protein in a little broth. Everything is tossed together with Vietnamese herb and topped with roasted peanuts, rice crackers and chili.
Whether you choose pork, chicken or shrimp, mi quang is always served with the signature turmeric sauce.
While the noodles which are white or yellow infused with turmeric, are the star, the combination makes the dish.
The flavors come alive when stirred together. Crunchy peanuts and crackers add texture. And, squeezing fresh lime enlivens mi quang further.
Mi Quang hails from Quang Nam, a small province near Danang. It is said that mi quang has been served in Quang Nam since the 14th century.
According to culinary experts, mi quang was originally a dish for laborers, using available fresh and local ingredients.
Over time, it evolved to become the pride of Quang Nam. In Quang Nam, it is said every person has their own version of mi quang.
And, as you try mi quang at different Danang restaurants, you’ll taste nuances in the flavors.
Where to Eat The Best Mi Quang in Da Nang
As one of the most celebrated foods in Danang, you’ll find Mi Quang easily available at local restaurants and markets.
In the central region, Mi Quang is the ultimate comfort food, as compared to pho, in northern Vietnam.
While you’ll find several places to enjoy mi quang, listed below are some of our favorite spots.
Address: 1 Hải Phòng, Hai Chau, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Price: 30,000 VND per bowl of Mi Quang (approx. $1.30)
Mì Quảng Dung
Address: 121 Đỗ Bá, Ngũ Hành Sơn, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 5:30 am to 1:00 pm
Price: 25,000 VND per bowl of Mi Quang (approx. $1.30)
Pro Tip: Order a side of the flatbread to go with your Mì Quảng, called Banh Quay for 5,000 VND (approx. $1.22)
2 – Bánh Xèo or Banh Xeo – Vietnamese Sizzling Crepes
This is one food in Danang we absolutely love. From the flavors, to the textures and interactive eating experience, you can’t go wrong.
Banh Xeo are savory Vietnamese crepes typically loaded with pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, spring onions and mung beans.
The thin cracking crepe is made with rice flour, water and turmeric and cooked in a hot pan until it turns golden.
This Danang local food is served with a variety of fresh herbs and vegetables and sheets of rice paper. Roll everything together and dip it onto the peanut and meat sauce for incredible flavors.
It’s unclear when these tasty crepes were invented, though experts agree that the original bánh xèo was from central Vietnam.
Today’s version is closely related to Hue’s bánh khoái, a crispy pancake still eaten in the former Imperial Capital.
Others speculate that the recipe was borrowed from Cham culture or even inspired by South Indian cuisine.
Eating banh xeo is a fun experience. It is best enjoyed hot and right out of the pan. If you are unsure where to start, see how the locals are eating or ask for help.
The first time we had banh xeo, we didn’t know how to eat it. The vendor, seeing our confused looks came over to help.
A personal favorite, this is one must eat Danang food.
Where to Eat The Best Banh Xeo in Danang
Tucked at the end of an alley, Ba Duong is famous in Danang for its Banh Xeo and its secret sauce.
Although we enjoyed the food there, the atmosphere was quite deceiving. The place was crowded and full of tourists.
While the service was fast, we felt like just another tourist they had to shovel food to.
We recommend our first address for tasty food, attentive service, and enjoyable space.
Quán Bà Ngọc Huế
Address: 228 Dong Da, Thuan Phuoc, Da Nang
Hours: Open every day, 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: 52,000 VND per plate of 4 Banh Xeo (approx. $2.24)
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: For a comprehensive introduction to the food in Danang with locals, consider taking a Danang Food Tour With an English speaking local guide, enjoy several delicious samples of Danang local food. Visit a market and explore the street food while learning about the local culinary culture. Make sure to come with an empty stomach!
Address: K280/23 Hoàng Diệu, Hải Châu, Da Nang
Hours: Open every day, 9:00 am to 9:30 pm
Price: 60,000 VND per plate of 4 Banh Xeo (approx. $2.58)
Pro Tip: Enjoy Banh Xeo with Nem Lui, the fragrant hue lemongrass pork skewer. Get 10 skewers for 60,000 VND (approx. $2.58)
3 – NemLụi or Nem Lui – Hue Lemongrass Pork Skewers
Even though Nem Lui is a famous Da Nang food, it is actually from the former Imperial Capital of Hue.
Nem lui or pork skewers are made from minced pork, salt, pepper, pork skin,wrapped around a stick of lemongrass.
They are grilled slowly over charcoal until they are slightly charred and ready to serve. This dish comes with vegetables, Vietnamese herbs and rice paper which you make into a spring roll.
The succulent pork molded around lemongrass sticks are then dipped into a sweet and hot special Hue sauce.
Nem lui can be eaten alone as a snack or as an accompaniment to Banh Xeo. We loved these pork skewers and never missed an opportunity to order them.
Where to Eat The Best Nem Lui in Danang
Watching Nem Lui being prepared is quite spectacular. On the streets, you’ll see these skewers grilled in sets of 10 – 12 over a bed of hot charcoal.
Here are a couple spots to enjoy freshly grilled skewers for dinner.
Quán Ăn Tâm Được
Address: 46 Nguyễn Thái Học, Hải Châu, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Price: 5,000 VND per pork skewers
Bún Thịt Nướng Bà Trai
Address: 194 Đống Đa, Hải Châu, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Price: 5,000 VND per pork skewers
Pro Tip: Add the Bo Nuong La Lot to your order. A popular southern Vietnamese dish consisting of grilled beef wrapped in betel leaves. (10,000VND per skewers)
4 – Bún Chả Cá or Bun Cha Ca – Vietnamese Fried Fish Cake Noodle Soup
Bun Cha Ca is another signature food in Danang. It’s a noodle soup made with different kinds of fish cakes and a must-eat Danang local food
This noodle soup is topped with fish cakes or chả cá in an aromatic sweet, sour and savory broth. One of the most important and unique characteristics of this Da Nang food is the texture of the fish cakes.
Springy and dense textures are desired and the type of fish, which varies, plays a huge role.
This flavorful soup is typically served with fresh herbs, limes and chilies and a small scoop of shrimp paste.
The flavors are artfully balanced between citrusy savory broth and flavor packed fish cakes. The light broth and vegetables makes it healthy too.
Another one of our favorite foods in Danang, and it is deserving of the acclaim it receives.
Where To Eat The Best Bun Cha Ca in Danang
We visited Bún Chả Cá 109 on our first stay in Danang recommended by our Airbnb host.
Two years later, we went back and found the place more crowded and the food still as we remembered it, exquisite.
Address: 109 Nguyễn Chí Thanh, Hải Châu, Da Nang
Hours: Open everyday, 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: 30,000 VND for a large bowl (approx. $1.30)
Pro Tip: Go for the large bowl, you won’t regret it.
5- Bánh Canh or Banh Canh – Thick Noodle Soup
Bánh canh is a Vietnamese noodle soup made with thick glutinous noodles. The thick and round noodles are made from tapioca flour or a mixture of rice and tapioca flour.
The dish gets its name from the thick sheets of uncooked dough from which the noodles are cut.
The taste of banh canh depends on what you have it with. We’ve enjoyed banh canh tom with pork and shrimp. As well as banh canh ca loc which is fish.
The soup or broth is extremely flavorful. It comes with fried yellow breadsticks to dip into the soup.
While we both enjoyed the flavors, Rosemary was not a huge fan of the thick chewy noodles. I enjoyed the combination of tastes and textures.
Regardless, this is a renowned dish of the central region of Vietnam and must be experienced.
Where to Eat The Best Banh Canh Nga in Danang
We found a few spots to have Banh Canh in Danang and enjoyed every bowl we had.
Bánh Canh Nga Dong Da
Address: 193 Đống Đa, Hải Châu, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Prices: 35,000 VND for fish, 40,000 VND for pork, crab, and shrimp versions
Address: Lo 20, 78 Nguyễn Chí Thanh, Hải Châu, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: Ranges from 35,000 to 60,000 VND depending on the meat choice (approx. $1.5 to $2.58)
Bánh Canh Thu
Address: Lo 22, 78 Nguyễn Chí Thanh, Hải Châu, Danang
Hours: Open everyday, 6:30 am to 10:00 pm
Price: Ranges from 30,000 VND to 40,000 VND depending on the meat choice
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to order your side of deep-fried yellow breadsticks to dip into the bowl of soup. It will set you back only 2,500 VND (approx. $0.10)
6- Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo – Rice Paper Pork Rolls
Banh trang cuon thit heo, pork and vegetables wrapped in rice paper, is a lesser known Da Nang local food.
It is another interactive food in Danang served with a polarizing special sauce.
The meal consists of paper thin slices of rolled belly pork, a variety of fresh vegetables and herbs. This is accompanied by thin slices of cucumbers and carrots.
Along with the pork and vegetable is a special dipping sauce called mắm nêm. This anchovy fish sauce, which is different from the typical Vietnamese fish sauce, makes this special.
To eat this dish, you simply load up different textured rice paper with pork, and a bunch of fresh herbs. The flavors come alive when dipped into the sauce. Served alongside are fresh noodles, sliced limes and chilies.
The pungent sauce takes some getting used to. The smell and taste are quite strong. At first, we didn’t like the sauce. However, as we began to dig deeper into the dish, we started to appreciate it more.
Making the rolls with different textures of rice paper is a lot of fun. You customize each roll as you bite into fresh springtime flavors with the special pungent sauce.
Even though this Danang local food may not be as popular as others, it is worth seeking out.
Where To Eat The Best Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo in Danang
One of the best places to eat Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo is Quán Đại Lộc. This family-owned business is very proud of their specialty.
Our hosts were very enthusiastic to have us come try it. They showed us the best way to eat this special food in Danang and treated us like their guests in their own home.
Quán Đại Lộc
Address: 95 Trưng Nữ Vương, Hải Châu, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: 38,000 VND per person (approx. $1.64)
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7- Tré Bà Đệ or Tre Ba De – Traditional Fermented Rolls
Ever since we heard about these small wrapped snack sized bites, we remained determined to find more about them.
Tre Ba De, as we learned, is a favorite local Da Nang snack made with pork.
The main ingredients are the meat and skin of the pig. They are mixed with garlic, galangal and a variety of spices and herbs.
The mixture sits for about 2 – 3 days until it gets a smell of fermented pork and herbs. It is then sliced into small rolls and wrapped in banana and guava leaves.
This food in Danang is a local specialty that is typically purchased as a gift. It is particularly popular during Tết or Vietnamese New Year.
Tre Ba De is also eaten as a snack while drinking beer.
While we were intrigued, we didn’t want to commit to buying a box of tré bà de. Instead, we had nem chua, which was similar in appearance.
Also wrapped in banana leaves, it is a popular fermented pork dish from the north of Vietnam.
Tre Ba De, is a special food in Danang. If you are looking for a Danang local food to give as a gift, this is a great option.
Alternatively, if you are traveling with a group, this could make for a tasty snack with beers.
Where To Eat Tre Ba De in Danang
Tre Ba De is usually given as gifts and you’ll find specialty stores selling this local Da Nang food.
There is one store dedicated to Tre Ba De in the center of town. There you will find boxes of different sizes for purchase. From 400g or almost one pound, up to 600g or over one pound.
Tré Bà Đệ cơ sở Thanh Bình
Address: 77 Hải Phòng, Hai Chau, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: 80,000 VND for a box of 10 rolls or 400g (about one pound) (approx. $3.50)
8 – Bún Bò Huế or Bun Bo Hue – Hue Spicy Beef Noodle Soup
Bun Bo Hue, though originally from Hue, is a celebrated food in Danang. It is a beef noodle soup that is quite popular with locals and chefs.
Former American celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain described it as the “best soup in the world.”
Bun Bo Hue is a multi-faced soup that starts with pork shanks and beef bones simmered in a lemongrass broth
The fiery spicy flavors come from the fried garlic, shallots, red pepper flakes, paprika, fermented shrimp paste and lemongrass. Annatto seeds give its iconic red color.
Bun bo hue is served with rice noodles, sliced brisket, cubes of gelatinous congealed pig’s blood and herbs and lime.
Even though congealed pig’s blood may not sound appetizing, the soup is incredibly delicious and flavorful.
The origins of bun ho hue are unclear. It was first made in Hue, which was at one time renowned for royal cuisine.
It is widely regarded for having a careful balance of sweet, salty, spicy, and umami flavors.
When you enjoy this food in Danang, you’ll have options on the menu to choose your meat type. We’ve enjoyed it with pork thigh and beef or with pork thigh and beef oxtail.
Where to Eat The Best Bun Bo Hue in Danang
There are a few places where you can enjoy Bun Bo Hue in Danang. Unfortunately, our favorite place called Kim Long (at 288 Dong Da) is showing permanently closed in Google Maps.
If that’s the case, we recommend Bun Huong for a delicious hearty bowl of Bun Bo Hue.
Address: 229 Đống Đa, Hải Châu, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 6:30am to 10:00 pm
Price: 50,000 VND per bowl (approx. $2.15)
Pro Tip: One thing to note is that if you are outside of Hue, the dish is known as Bun Bo Hue. However, if you are in Hue, it’s simply called Bun Bo.
9 – Bánh Mì or Banh Mi – Vietnamese Sandwich
You can’t talk about Vietnamese foods without talking about banh mi, the country’s most famous sandwich.
This traditional Vietnamese sandwich can be found throughout the country, though the ones from Hoi An are the most famous.
Anthony Bourdain, popularized the banh mi in Hoi An, describing it as “a symphony in a sandwich.”
Each region of Vietnam has its own interpretation of this sandwich. The banh mi Danang is not to be missed.
Fresh and flavorful, we found them similar to the ones in Ho Chi Minh City, as compared to Hoi An.
Banh Mi Danang are fresh with excellent bread. They are filled with slices of meat, pâté, vibrant herbs and sauces.
Like in Saigon, they are meat heavy, whereas in Hoi An, they have more vegetables and eggs.
The Vietnamese sandwich is an iconic food in Danang. You’ll find them at street stalls and local bakeries.
Try different fillings and have fun exploring banh mi Danang and the different flavors.
Where to Eat The Best Banh Mi in Danang
Bánh Mì̀ Bà Lan is one of our favorite Banh Mi places that we were introduced to by our friend Phong.
We were never disappointed every time we went with him and actually went back several times on our own.
Bánh Mì̀ Bà Lan has been making fresh banh mi sandwiches at the same spot for over 20 years.
Even though you’ll find a line in front of their busy cart, wait patiently for the delightful flavors.
Address: 62 Trưng Nữ Vương, Hải Châu, Danang
Hours: Open ever yday, 3:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Price: “Classic” for 20,000 VND with vegetables and pate and “Special” for 25,000 VND with more pate and pork (approx. $0.86 to $1.08).
Pro Tip: Get the “ficelle” to complete your order. It’s a delightful thin baguette with only pate buttered on it. We don’t remember the price but it’s worth getting it.
Da Nang, located on the coast of the South China Sea, offers a variety of seafood dishes. Considered to have some of the best fishing in Vietnam, Danang seafood is fresh and tasty.
Fishing is an important part of the local economy and it’s not unusual to see colorful fishing boats, in the water, day and night.
All along the beach fronts, you’ll find many restaurants selling Danang seafood. Not fancy, the restaurants are open air with grills in the back or front.
Though simple, the seafood in Danang is incredibly fresh. With water views, you’ll get Danang seafood from ‘sea to table.’
Some of the popular options for Danang seafood are fish, shrimp, grilled oysters, mussels, squid, and sea snails.
Below, we highlight two local and surprising Danang seafood dishes.
10 – Oc – Sea Snails
Snails are a specialty food in Danang and there are many restaurants that specialize in snail dishes.
While in Danang, we ate at several snail restaurants and each time surprised at the variety of offerings. From small sea snails, common periwinkle, with smooth brown shells to common mud creeper snails with horn shells.
Thin, nail shaped snails were also part of the menu as well as larger, garlic snails, which are easy to pluck.
Sauces and textures play a big role in the enjoyment of this local food in Danang. We had dishes like Oc Len Xao Dua, snails cooked in coconut sauce, and Oc Burou Hap, steamed snails cooked in lemongrass.
Other sea snails are prepared and cooked in garlic, chili or tamarind.
Even before the French arrived in Vietnam in the late 1800s, the Vietnamese were already feasting on molluscs. Snails continue to be popular and a favorite accompaniment to beer.
Where to Eat The Best Oc in Danang
There are many places to eat seafood in Danang. Most of them are located just beyond the river, not far from the sea.
We had an amazing dinner at Quan Be Nu where Thong invited us to try several plates of Danang seafood. Tucked in an alley this place is a hard find. Even so, it is worth seeking out this treasured food in Danang.
You will see a large sign from the restaurant at the entrance of the alley that should point you in the right direction.
Nearby the river is another street joint called Quán Ốc Tư Danh, popular with locals for their sea snails. There, we tried a range of snails from mussels to razor shells.
Address: 267/12 Ngo Quyen, Son Tran, Danang
Hours: Open every day until 10:00 pm
Price: 40,000 to 70,000 VND for a full plate of sea snails (approx. $1.7 to $3.00)
Quán Ốc Tư Danh
Address: 6 Triệu Việt Vương, Sơn Trà, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: 60,000 VND per plate of mussels, snails, whelk (approx. $2.58)
Pro Tip: If you are not a fan of snails go for the grilled oysters instead, see below.
READ MORE: A Guide to the Best Food in Hoi An
11- Hàu Sữa or Hau Sua – Vietnamese Grilled Oysters
One Danang seafood we absolutely loved was grilled oysters. We typically enjoy raw oysters, but we learned, the Vietnamese prefer them cooked.
When oysters are cooked, they are referred to as hau nuong mo hanh. They are typically grilled with scallions, crispy fried shallots and topped with crushed roasted peanuts.
Vietnamese grilled oysters are beautiful to look at and very tasty. They are served warm, right off the grill, in a spicy or light creamy sauce.
Where to Eat The Best Grilled Oysters in Danang
One of the best places we enjoyed for grilled oysters was Quan Be Nu. We also enjoyed grilled oysters and other seafood Danang dishes at other restaurants you will find in town.
Nhung Ot had delicious salads. In addition to grilled oysters, we tried the pork and shrimp salad which was tasty and filling.
Quan Nam Danh is another hugely popular seafood restaurant close to the sea. This place is quite overwhelming. It consisted of several open-air seating spaces filled with locals enjoying Danang seafood with beer.
We were surprisingly pleased with the quality of the seafood. Along with grilled oysters, we had delicious spicy octopus called Bach tuoc sot cay.
The servings were generous, the staff friendly and quick. A unique and tasty experience to have in Danang.
Address: 267/12 Ngo Quyen, Son Tran, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: 80,000 VND for ½ kilo of grilled oysters or a large serving. (approx. $3.44)
Address: 10 Phạm Quang Ảnh, Sơn Trà, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 10:30 am to 12:00 am
Price: Ranges from 60,000 to 80,000 VND (approx. $2.58 to $3.44)
Address: 139/59/38, 10 Trần Quang Khải, Sơn Trà, Danang
Hours: Open every day, 10:30 am to 8:30 pm
Price: Ranges from 40,000 to 80,000 VND (approx. $1.72 to $3.44)
In the morning, Danang is a bustling city. Starting at 6:00 am you’ll see locals going for a dip in the ocean and women working out on the riverfront.
Street vendors are open at dawn and ready to welcome passersby on their way to work.
Breakfast was one of our favorite meals. We always looked forward to discovering new Danang food after our morning runs by the beach.
Here are three Danang breakfast foods you want to get up early for.
12 – Bún Riêu or Bun Rieu – Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup
Bun Rieu is a delicious Vietnamese crab soup that originated from Northern Vietnam. It is common to find Bun Rieu across Vietnam and each region has its unique variation.
Bun rieu is primarily a thin vermicelli soup made with crab balls and pork pieces. The broth has a unique sour taste made from tomatoes, crab and shrimp paste.
With access to fresh Danang seafood, the bun rieu comes with additional shellfish and complex flavors. Green onions, scallions, and cilantro complete the soup.
A large plate of fresh herbs and vegetables is provided to mix into the bowl of soup. Additional red chilies and lime are also served on the side.
This filling, delicious, and flavorful soup is definitely a great way to start your day in Danang. It is also one of our favorite Vietnamese soups.
Where to Eat The Best Bun Rieu in Danang
Bun Rieu Dao is located a few blocks from the Cau Song Han bridge, also known as the cable swing bridge.
This place is easily missed as it is tucked in a small alley away from the main road. You have to venture between the buildings and find the many scooters lined up in front of the entrance.
This is truly a hidden gem, very popular with locals. Only open early in the morning, you don’t want to miss your chance to eat one of your best bowls of soup in Vietnam.
Bún Riêu Đào
Address: k10/15 Yen Bai, Hai Chau 1, Danang
Hours: Open for breakfast from about 6:00 am to 9:00 am. We went at 8:00 am and found it packed with locals.
Price: from 22,000 to 30,000 VND (approx. $0.95 to $1.30)
13- Xôi or Xoi – Vietnamese Glutinous Rice
Xoi is a common and popular street food breakfast in Vietnam. You will find many different regionally influenced varieties.
While Xoi can be sweet, we were surprised by the savory flavors in Danang. Xoi is typically a Vietnamese sticky rice dish.
There are many versions of Xoi. You have it with chicken, pork, fish, Chinese sausage, eggs, peanuts, and more. Sweet versions feature mung beans, corn, coconut, pandan, and more.
We enjoyed two versions of Xoi. Xoi Ga made with shredded chicken and Xoi Thit Nuong made with sliced pork.
Rice at the bottom of the plate was topped with meat, onions, Vietnamese basil, and white pepper. It was served with a red sweet and sour sauce. Chile and limes for additional flavor were on the side.
This is a filling and exquisite dish. We appreciated the savory flavors especially after losing salt in the early morning humid runs.
Where to Eat Xoi in Danang
Xoi is served very early in the morning until it last. Our first taste of Xoi was at a Xoi street vendor a few blocks from the place we were staying.
We had spotted this street vendor packed with locals on our way to the seafront. However, we often were deceived to find the stall closed on our way back.
We made a point to leave early. A worthy effort to taste this delightful breakfast on our way back from the beachfront.
Xoi Street Vendor
You will find the large Xoi sign on the street for this temporary stall.
Address: Next to 113 Nguyen Cong Tru, An Hai Bac, Danang
Hours: Open early in the morning during the week before 8:00 am
Price: 20,000 VND per plate of Xoi (approx. $0.86)
Pro Tip: Go early in the morning and grab a plate of Xoi as this popular breakfast dish disappears fast.
14 – Bò Né or Bo Ne – Vietnamese Sizzling Beef with Egg
We first discovered Bo Ne during our first visit to Da Nang. While walking up the street in the morning, we noticed hot sizzling plates served to locals in the street.
Captivated, we knew we had to try this dish. We decided to come back the next day to experience this Danang local food.
Bo Ne is typically served on a large sizzling plate. It generally includes sizzling beef with eggs and pork pate, served with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, and a Vietnamese baguette.
Additional toppings include green onions, cilantro, and caramelized onion.
Other variations of Bo Ne, include additional eggs, sausages, fermented sausages, and more.
It is hard not to fall in love with this rich breakfast, a combination of meat, eggs, vegetables, and fresh bread.
Where to Eat The Best Bo Ne in Danang
We ate Bo Ne at many different street vendors. At each place, we noticed subtle differences.
The Bo Ne we enjoyed most was when the meat was lean, the vegetables fresh and the banh mi crunchy.
Here are some of our favorite spots for this very local food in Danang.
Bo Ne Nguyen
Address: 261 Nguyễn Công Trứ, Son Tra, Danang, this address is approximate as we didn’t mark the exact location. Look for two ladies working at this small shop house every morning. When you see the bright smiles and sizzling pans, you are in the right spot. (see photo above)
Hours: Open early in the mornings, during the week before 10:00 am
Price: 25,000 to 45,000 VND regarding your choice of meat and eggs. (approx. $1.08 to $1.94)
Address: tucked at the end of the alley at 45a Ngô Gia Tự, Hải Châu, Danang
Hours: Open early in the mornings, during the week before 9:00 am
Price: 30,000 to 50,000 VND regarding your choice of meat and eggs (approx. $1.30 to $2.15)
Bo Ne Dong Da
Address: 292 Đống Đa, Hải Châu, Danang
Hours: Open early in the mornings, during the week before 9:00 am
Price: 30,000 VND (approx. $1.30)
Desserts in Danang
Desserts in Vietnam are not what you would typically expect. They tend to include beans, corn coconut, rice and can be mixed together with ice or eaten as warm soups.
Even though the culture around desserts is not strong, you’ll still find plenty of dessert stalls in Danang.
In Danang, we particularly enjoyed refreshing desserts. The following ice-based local Danang foods are not to be missed.
15- Chè or Che – Vietnamese Sweet Soups
Che is the Vietnamese word for puddings, dessert soup, or sweet beverages. Che sweet soups are typically made of several ingredients mixed together and served in a large glass.
Street vendors will have a variety of fillings you can choose from, allowing you to create your own personal che dessert.
One of our favorite and most popular Vietnamese desserts is che ba mau. The name translates to “three-color dessert,” in reference to its distinctive layers.
Che ba mau is a delicious layered dessert. The layers are yellow mung beans, red beans, and green pandan jelly, served with shaved ice and coconut milk topping.
This delightful dessert is surprisingly easy to make. If you are in Danang, look for che vendors in the middle of the afternoon.
Otherwise, follow the simple recipe below and enjoy the flavors of che ba mau at home.
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST RECIPE: Che Ba Mau Recipe – Easy and Refreshing Vietnamese Dessert
Where to Eat The Best Che in Danang
Danang has several local spots to savor Che. Here are two places popular with locals that we particularly enjoyed.
Address: 187 Hải Phòng, Thanh Khê, Da Nang.
Hours: Open every day from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Prices: Che from 12,000 VND to 20,000 VND (approx. $0.52 USD to $0.88 USD)
Address: 31 Lê Duẩn, Hải Châu, Da Nang
Hours: Open every day from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm
Price: 10,000 VND (approx. $0.44 USD)
16 – Sinh Tố or Sinh To – Vietnamese Smoothies
Sinh to or Sinh tố desserts are rich and creamy Vietnamese style smoothies, made with seasonal fruits, and condensed milk.
Often after dinner, we would stop at a local Sinh To vendor for a healthy and creamy smoothie.
You can choose the types of fruits you want in your smoothie. Otherwise, we would simply let the vendor select the best fruits to add to our smoothie.
Depending on the amount of condensed milk and sugar used, the smoothies can be rich and sweet. We would often share one smoothie and ask for it “khong duong”, or with no sugar.
Sinh To stalls are frequented in the evenings and are especially popular in the warmer months.
WhereTo Eat The Best Sinh To in Danang
Sinh To is sold by street vendors and tend to be popular in the summer. You will find many stands open starting at about 8:00 pm.
There are many Sinh To stalls all over Danang. Highlighted here was our favorite local spot close to our apartment.
We trust that you will find your favorite spot as well.
Address: Located before the street vendor Mì Quảng Cô Nuôi at 912 Ngô Quyền, Son Tra, Da Nang
Hours: Open every day in the evening
Price: 20,000 VND (approx $0.86 USD) each
17- Kem – Vietnamese Ice Cream
Ice cream is another one of our favorite food in Danang. Ice cream is a popular Vietnamese street food and you’ll find it at markets, street vendors, and local restaurants.
In Vietnam, ice cream comes in a variety of unusual flavors like avocado, coconut, apple, taro, durian, banana, soy custard, and more.
Your choices for toppings could range from corn, sticky rice, coconut crisps, peanuts, and many more.
Kem Bo or an avocado ice cream was our preferred flavor. Creamy avocado is blended with coconut cream and topped with coconut crisps. Absolutely divine!
There are many ice cream flavors to choose from in Danang. You will never go wrong with kem bo.
Where to Eat Kem In Danang
You will find Kem sold next to Sinh To by street vendors. We had a delicious experience on our Danang food tour at a Kem Bo vendor inside the Con Market.
Address: Inside Con Market food court, 290 Hùng Vương, Hai Chau, Da Nang
Hours: Open every day during the day
Price: 25,000 VND (approx $1.08 USD)
Danang has so much to offer in terms of local specialties. We love the food in Danang, which we consider to be exquisite and flavorful.
In the largest city in central Vietnam are foods from different regions of the country as well as international dishes.
Going beyond to seek out the Danang local food was not always easy. Thong helped us navigate the language barrier and discover little known local specialties.
As a result, we understood the local culinary landscape at a deeper level, and we invite you to do the same.
On your travels to Danang, eat like a local as you savor these dishes. Pull up a plastic stool and sit with the locals.
Share a meal, smile, and get to know the delicious tastes of Danang.
Do you love Vietnamese food? Which one of these Danang foods would you like to have? Please let us know in the comments below.
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