Cuisine

Things you need to eat before leaving Nha Trang

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Vietnam has long been famous as the land of gourmet in no small part because carbs, protein, and fat are basically the three Vietnamese food groups. All the excellent chefs in our awesome country have tried their best to combine them in the most incredible and unique ways to create mouthwatering dishes, and everywhere you go, you can find good food. And Nha Trang City on the South Central Coast of Vietnam is not an exception.

On planning your romantic break to Vietnam’s premier beach city? Among casual strolls along the long white sandy bank, diving and snorkeling to see the colorful underwater life, a pretty sweaty and muddy hike, and stops to enjoy the many cultural offerings, make sure to spend time indulging in some of the city’s most delicious cuisine…

Bánh căn (Rice cake)

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Bánh căn

Walk past any bánh căn restaurant in the wee hours of lunch or the early afternoon, and you will be instantly spellbound by the appealing smell of rice flour baked with earthenware molding with charcoal escaping from the air vents at pavement level. Don’t miss this cue telling you to step in and get your golden award – mini rice flour pancakes skillfully topped with a wide variety of fresh /dried meat, beef, squid, shrimp, or seafood, chicken eggs or quail eggs. Eaters can tuck into bánh căn and savor it as a snack since the citizens go out to find something to eat.

The way bánh căn cooked in the round pans over hot coals and its attractive smell might be the reasons to give it a try on your Vietnam culinary tour. But it is the perfect combination of the crispy outside yet soft inside pancakes, fatty pork meatballs, shredded green mangos, and diluted fish sauce or mắm nêm (a special sauce of Vietnamese made from fish) that make you want more and more.

How to enjoy bánh căn like a local? Just dip all the three parts mentioned above into a bowl of nước chấm which is covered with a lot of chopped green onions. And then, you can enjoy the whole flavor of bánh căn in your mouth!

Where to find the best bánh căn in Nha Trang?

  • No 151 Hoang Van Thu (Hoàng Văn Thụ) Street, Nha Trang;
  • No 165 Nguyen Trai (Nguyễn Trãi) Street, Nha Trang;
  • No 51 To Hien Thanh (Tô Hiến Thành) Street, Nha Trang;
  • Banh can 109 – 2-4 Street, Nha Trang.

Nem nướng Ninh Hòa (Ninh Hoa grilled fermented pork roll)

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Nem nướng

Nha Trang should truly be one of the gastronomic hubs of Vietnam, and Nha Trang’s cuisine should gain much more popularity. And nowhere is it more apparent than in nem nướng shops, where you can enjoy the fermented pork rolls grilled directly on the fire of coal brazier, and taste your way through the city’s star – the tasty, sweet, and spicy fish sauce.

There are two types of nem available: nem chua (fresh fermented pork roll) and nem nướng (grilled fermented pork roll). Grilled fermented pork roll is more popular among travelers. Meanwhile, fresh fermented pork roll can be bought as the gifts of your Nha Trang food tours for your friends.

Where to find the best nem nướng in Nha Trang?

  • Nem Nuong Ngoc Tien (Nem Nướng Ngọc Tiên) – No.59 Le Thanh Phuong (Lê Thành Phương) Street;
  • Nem Nuong Dang Van Quyen (Nem Nướng Đặng Văn Quyên) – No. 16A Lan Ong (Lãn Ông) Street or No2-4 Phan Boi Chau Street.

Bánh xèo mực Nha Trang (Nha Trang squid pancake)

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Bánh xèo mực

You have fallen in love with bánh xèo (sizzling pancake) in the Mekong Delta, but you want to try seafood version? Then, bánh xèo mực is another must try on your Nha Trang tours. Bánh xèo in Nha Trang is smaller yet no less crunchy and delicious. Wrap the crispy pancake with rice paper or lettuce leaves and fresh herbs and dunk the roll into delicious sour, spicy fish sauce. Now, it’s time for an unforgettable bold flavor.

Where to find the best nem nướng in Nha Trang?

  • No 52 Phan Boi Chau Street;
  • No 64 Hong Bang Street, Nha Trang.

There is a ridiculously wide range of insanely mouthwatering and unbelievably good food to try on your Nha Trang tours. And it is such a daunting task to recommend only a few things you need to plow through before you leave the city. If you ever have the amazing opportunity to visit Nha Trang City, hope that this list can serve as a useful gastronomic guide.

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