Top 5 dishes to try in Nha Trang

food - Vietnam: May 23, 2014

Well known for clean beaches and beautiful eco-tourism sites and islands, Nha Trang is also famous for its cheap and delicious cuisine. While the city has amazing 5 star hotels with luxurious restaurants to boot, you can experience authentic Nha Trang food in more local and inevitably delicious places in town. Check out our 5 top dishes to try while in Nha Trang.

Hải sản

Hải Sản - Sea Food - Top 5 Dishes to Try in Nha Trang
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Translated as “seafood”, this really isn’t a dish, this means a medley of different seafood. Not surprisingly in this beach town, the selection and quality is top notch. Any number of dishes will have the option of “hai san” which will include fresh fish, crab, shrimp and/or squid. There are abundant seafood restaurants, street stalls and beach resorts offering the best hai san the city has to offer.

Local insight: Most places have seafood on display so you can pick which items you want to have for dinner.

Bò né

Bò Né - Top 5 Dishes Nha Trang
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A breakfast favourite of locals, Bò Né is a beefsteak served with pate, eggs, bread and chili sauce in a blisteringly hot plate. It is accompanied with a mix of salad, tomato, cucumber, onion and vinegar. One notable item is the bread which is always served warm and crusty.

Local insight: Check ou the Bo Ne at 41 A Le Dai Hanh. It’s tasty, filling and at VND35,000 a plate, a steal.

Nem nướng Ninh Hoà

Nem Nướng Ninh Hòa Nha Trang

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The sauce is the key to this dish and simply put, is amazingly delicious. Minced pork is mixed in a sauce that is equal parts peanutty, salty, and sweet. The dish is served with grilled pork, a deepfried spring roll wrapper, and salad wrapped in rice paper. Price ranged from VND40.000 to VND60.000/set.

Local insight: The area of Dang Van Quyen street, near Dam market is the traditional centre of “Nem Ninh Hoà”.

Bánh cuốn thịt nướng

Bánh Cuốn Bún Thịt Nướng Nhatrang, Phan Thiet

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Different from it’s cousin to the south, this spring roll usually served with minced pork meat, called “chả lụa”. It still comes with the prerequisite greens, pickled daikon and carrots along with the smattering of herbs inside a rice wrapper.

Local insight: You can get the best banh cuon at the restaurant located at the corner of Ngo Gia Tu and Bach Dang Streets.

Bún cá sứa

Bún Cá Sữa Nha Trang Cuisine

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Your trip to Nha Trang wouldn’t be complete if you don’t have this kind of noodle soup. Not many people are fan of jellyfish but this is one of specialities in Nha Trang and fresh tuna or marin is also served with the jellyfish. Dip the fish or jellyfish into a special fish dipping sauce to create a taste sensation not usually found in the country.

Local insight: Bà Năm restaurant, Dam market or the corner of Bach Dang and Nguyen Thien Thuat streets are reliable stops for the best bun ca – bun sua in town. And if it’s too much for you, the jellyfish is optional.

Hope you enjoyed reading out top 5 dishes to try in Nha Trang and feel free to let us know what you think of them!


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