Da Nang is a city in the Central Vietnam, which is situated along the China Beach. In recent years, it’s blooming with hotels along the beach. It’s the biggest city in Central Vietnam as well as the commercial and educational center. Moreover, it’s only around 40 minutes away from Hoi An, hence that’s why people would travel to both cities during the vacation.
Quán Bé Anh
Hoàng Sa, Quận Sơn Trà, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
The trip to Da Nang wouldn’t count if you didn’t have, at least, one seafood feast! As I was being told by quite a few of the Vietnamese guide, Da Nang is the only place where you can get seafood that’s actually from the “sea”, not farm. Quán Bé Anh is located right across the beach, which the street is also known as the “seafood street”. The dishes are ordered by the weight of the seafood and they would recommend the method of preparation, which I would definitely trust the professionals! We had crabs, fish, clams, shrimps…etc. Everything was fresh and delicious! They seasonings are simple yet with a touch of Vietnamese flavor.
Bún Chả Cá Bà Phiến
63 Lê Hồng Phong, Phước Ninh, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
When in Da Nang, I would strongly urge you to get a bowl of Bún chả cá (fishcake noodle soup)! It’s a bowl of thick rice vermicelli with various fish cakes, and minced crab meat. The broth is made with lots of vegetables, seafood, and fruits, so it’s sweetened naturally and so flavorful!! Before you eat, add a tiny teaspoon of fish paste. And of course, can never forget a plate of assorted veggies and herbs on the side.
Quán Mì Quảng Bà Vị
166 Lê Đình Dương, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
Mi Quang, also known as Quang noodles, is on the top of must-try food list in Da Nang. Introduced by our guide, the best place to enjoy Mi Quang is Mi Quang Ba Mua, which has been around for more than 50 years. They offer a variety of Mi Quang, including with beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, snakehead fish or eel. What’s special about this dish is that the broth eaten with the Quang noodle contains the real flavor of the ingredients (beef, chicken or fish,…) and the fresh vegetables. Mi Quang is served with lime, green chilies and rice cracker, which enhance its taste, and you mix the vegetables with the noodles to make it like a salad.
Quán Cơm Gà A Hải
94 Thái Phiên, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
Cơm means “rice” and Gà means “chicken”, hence “Cơm Gà” is the chicken rice. It’s similar to Hainanese chicken rice, but more flavorful and tastier. The chicken was not dried, and I liked that they put the seasonings on the side, and people can season it according to their own taste. The rice is cooked in broth, which is much better than just plain white rice.
Bánh Cuốn Tiến Hưng
190 Trần Phú, Phước Ninh, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
Bánh Cuốn is a rice noodle roll made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed fermented rice batter, filled with seasoned ground pork, fish floss, and minced fried shallots, which is a dish originated from northern Vietnam. Besides the typical fresh greens, this is often served with chả lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage). It’s very similar to the “cheung fun” (rice noodle roll) from Hong Kong.
The city itself still has quite a few conventional sightseeing spots, including Marble Mountain, Nui Son Tra (Monkey Mountain), Dragon Bridge, and China Beach. This is perfect for travellers, as people can spend few days to enjoy the beaches, and restaurants. Lastly, the city’s street food scene definitely deserves the attention.