July 5, 2020

Food in Vietnam: 14 favorite Vietnamese dishes in the central region

Below is a collection of local professionals and shops with a good reputation from the Vietnamese blogger Hét Photography (Hetagram).

Most of the dishes mentioned in the text can be found not only at the addresses indicated in the photo and text but also in other places in the region. Keep in mind that street food in Vietnam is a very special culture.. Often local food shops look something like this: a tiny food tray, in which one dish is prepared and a couple of low tables-high chairs right on the sidewalk next to the tray. Another popular street format is the so-called shops, small open spaces with an open kitchen or the same food tray and tables and chairs. Shop menus are usually limited to several dishes, often even one. Therefore, look at the signs, come closer, watch how the food is prepared and in what condition the serving dishes. If everything is clean, the food is hot, and there are a lot of satisfied locals near the tray / in the shop, experiment boldly!

If you still do not risk eating on the street, it does not matter. In almost any restaurant in Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An there is always a couple of local specialties to choose from.

Banh Mi – Vietnamese Sandwich

The main ingredient of the traditional Vietnamese sandwich is an airy and fragrant French baguette, which is called Banhmi (Banh Mi). Baguette is filled with different mixtures with the characteristic – Vietnamese flavors that provide fresh vegetables and aromatic herbs and seasonings. Frenchness adds the use of different pate and mayonnaise, typical of French cuisine.

Banhi Mi Phuong 

A local star in Hoi An. Madame Phuong cooks her benches with pork pate, grilled pork, pickled papaya, fresh vegetables and a mixture of herbs. Address in Hoi An: 2b Phan Chu Trinh (all addresses see below on the map).

Banhi Mi Sum 

A lesser-known variant of the Banha, which is often recommended by locals. This is a small food tray, equipped with a grill, on which pork and banhi beef are fried and bread is heated. You can choose the main ingredients. Hoi An Address: 149 Trần Hưng Đạo.

Two other places in Hoi An where you can taste the delicious local banhi:

Banh Mi Khan, 115 Tran Cao Van

Banh mi Lanh – a tray next to the Nam Quang pagoda

Banh Canh – Tapioca Noodle Soup

The name of the soup is translated as “bread soup.” Flour from which noodles are made, ground from tapioca (sweetish starchy cereal), sometimes with the addition of rice. The consistency of noodles is quite dense, taste adds rich pork broth. These two ingredients are the basis for banhankha, and then there are variations with the addition of a different type of protein (meat of pork, chicken, fish, shrimp or crab) and greens.

Banh Canh belongs to the local Hue specialties and is offered in many restaurants and food shops in the city.

Banh Canh Bad Doi.

The main ingredients are pork and shrimp. Quail eggs and green onions are always served with the soup. Add eggs, onions (lots of onions), salt and chili to taste. Addresses in Hue, where you can try this particular soup: 40 Dao Duy Anh; 9 Nguyen Trai; 34 Ngo Gia Tu

Banh Canh Bot Lon.

The crab meat option is very popular with local students as Hue. You can also take crab or pork rolls in banana leaves for soup. Address: 66 Ngô Đức Kế. It is always very crowded here, so it’s better not to come at lunchtime)

Com Hen – rice with mousses

Rice with mollusks – Specials Da Nang and Hue. The main ingredients are very small mollusks or mollusks crumb, fermented Mam ruoc shrimp paste as a sauce, peanuts, vegetables, and pigskin chips. This dish has a very specific and unusual taste. Like any other traditional dish, it is served in different variations in many places. Variations: Bun Hen (noodles with mollusks) and Chao Hen (porridge with mollusks)

Address in Da Nang: K364 / 27 Le Duan

Hue Address: 17 Han Mac Tu Hue17

Bun Bo Cha – noodle and pork soup

Bunch bo bo – Specials Hue, a variant of the legendary Vietnamese Bunch soup (bun cha), which is usually made from noodles and pork with greens, papaya or pineapple, tomatoes, wheat germ, vegetables and a rich sweet and sour sauce.

You often come across variations of the bun (bun) in Vietnam. As well as pho (pho), the bun is a variant of local rice noodles (rice thin vermicelli). In Hue, for example, Bun Bo Hue, a beef bun based on rich beef broth with boiled beef, is also very popular.

Bun Ngne – noodles with turmeric and orange paste

This special in Hue is a joy to the eye. Well, for the body, because kurkuma is a very “healthy” spice, which has a beneficial effect on blood circulation and heart function. Different types of meat are usually added to the bright yellow noodles, also cooked with the addition of turmeric. Like most dishes in Hue, noodles are served with a large number of greens and dried shrimps.

Bun cha ca

The main ingredient of Danan Bunch Ka is fish. Always fresh, in different places cooked in different ways – sometimes boiled or grilled in a piece, sometimes in the form of fish pato or fish balls, sometimes steamed or fried in batter. Greens, onions, chili, shrimp paste, and sauces are usually served with Buncha Ka, which brings the taste of the basic soup to the desired.

Bun Cha Ca Ba Hoa (27 Le Hong Phong), Bun Cha Ca Hon (113/3 Nguyen Chi Thanh) and Bun Cha Ca 109 (109 Nguyen Chi Than) are placed in Da Nang where you can taste especially delicious bunch ka.

Mi Quang – rice noodles and turmeric

This specialty of Quang Province, whose capital is Hoi An, is served in one form or another in almost all the restaurants in Hoi An and many restaurants in nearby Da Nang. This version of Mi noodles can be tried only here. It is made from rice flour with the addition of turmeric. The noodles are served with a small amount of bouillon, meat, shrimps, egg yolks, nuts, greens, and shrimp chips. The beauty of this dish is in the texture and combination of soft noodles with hard and crunchy ingredients.

Banh Vac (White Rose) – rice dumplings with shrimps

This dish can be tasted exclusively in Hoi An. The recipe belongs to the same family, which sculpts and delivers its dumplings to all the restaurants and restaurants in the city (the family also owns White Rose’s restaurant, 533 Hai Bà Trưng in Hoi An ). In all the menus this dish is called White Rose (white roses), since the dumplings are molded in such a way that, under the influence of steam, the dumpling takes the form of a rose. Stuffing – shrimp with spices. Served with salted dried garlic and special sauce.

Banh Beo – Spiced Rice Cakes

Banh Beo – this tasty, in fact, Special Hue, adapted in Da Nang. It is a delicate consistency of steamed muffins made of rice and tapioca (usually portioned), sprinkled with dried shrimps on top. Fish sauce with chili (based on the fermented fish sauce), as well as different topping options, are surely served to bangles.

Banh Cuong Nong – rice crepe dumplings

Unlike steamed bagebeos, here the main ingredient is the finest fried rice crepe pancakes, from which dumplings with different fillings are formed (depending on the place, but most often with pork and mushrooms). In Ba Gia (38 Ngo Gia Tu) in Da Nang (where, by the way, you can also try traditional punch with pork), pork pate, greens and sauce are dipped in dumplings.

Che Thai – fruit dessert with coconut milk and durian

A variation of the famous Thai dessert, popular in Da Nang, in contrast to the original, is made with the addition of durian, a very specific fruit with a strong smell. The dessert also includes traditional ingredients – pieces of fruit, jelly and cold coconut milk.

The best version of this dessert in Da Nang on the recommendations of the locals can try Che Thai Lien (189 Hoang Dieu).

Tao Pho – Cold Tofu Pudding with Ginger Syrup

Another cold dessert, almost iconic in Vietnam. In Hoi An and Da Nang, the classic taste of the dessert is enhanced by a sour-spicy ginger syrup. In addition to the syrup, jelly pieces and “black pearls” (balls, ice or just tapioca sauce) are added to the pudding.

Chan Muoi – salty lemonade

Very refreshing, with a slightly salty taste, lemonade is made from two simple ingredients – lemon and water. The secret of the drink is in lemon, which is salted in a large amount of salt for at least several weeks before the lemon is ready for use. A very popular drink in Vietnam, especially in the central part of the coast.

Mot – cold herbal tea

Cold herbal tea, which became the symbol of Hoi An on Instagram, thanks to the photogenic supply. Lime, lemongrass, and ginger are added to tea, all this beauty is served with lotus leaves and petals.

You can try the tea at the Mot Hoi An tea shop (150 Trần Phú) in Hoi An. Most recently, Mot replaced plastic cups with paper cups, and plastic tubules with bamboo cups — an eco-initiative that only adds bonuses to this wonderful place.

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