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10 Famous Nha Trang Food To Eat Before You Leave

10 Famous Nha Trang Food To Eat Before You Leave

Nha Trang is not only famous for beautiful beaches and fresh air but also for delicious local food with the rich taste of the sea. All makes Nha Trang become an unforgetable destination for people of all kinds.

1. Lac Canh’s Grilled Beef (Bò nướng Lạc Cảnh)

Lac Canh's grilled beef is very popular and believed to be presented for 40 years in Nha Trang. There is a saying “A trip to Nha Trang without Lac Canh grilled beef just makes you understand a half of Nha Trang”. The key lies in the marinated recipe which a few of Mr. Han Hon Minh’s family members being allowed to know and forbidden to reveal it. Beef is marinated in honey and 10 special secret spices. Especially beef is chopped into cubes, easy to eat. Pork is grilled by eaters. It's as you are having a barbecue in your house.

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Where to eat:

  • 44 Nguyen Binh Khiem St., Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa

2. Can Cake (Bánh Căn)

This tiny rice cake is very popular in South Central and South of Vietnam. This dish is made from rice flour, fat, onion, eggs, especially in Nha Trang , Banh Can also has shrimp, fresh squid. Rice is soaked in water until being soft then milled into liquid powder . The secret to have tasty, crispy cakes is when mixing rice flour, cooks often add a little flour made from dried rice. Can Cake is served with sweet, sour fish sauce and fresh vegetables. This is a favorite dish not only for locals but also for travelers, especially in the afternoon, Some pairs of Banh Can just made, still hot and smoky, will seriously blow your mind.

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Where to eat:

  • Banh Can stalls on Ly Thanh Ton street ( opens in the evening only)
  • 51 To Hien Thanh street, Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa

3. Grilled Fish Noodle (Bún chả cá)

If Ha Noi is famous for Pho, Hue for Bun Bo Hue, Nha Trang is country-renowned for its Grilled Fish noodle. The broth is light, pure and a little sweet. It is stewed from bones of mackerel and sailfish. Grilled fish is made from fresh mackerel. Hence, each piece of grilled fish is very chewy, juicy and so fragrant. You will not stand against a bowl of vermicelli full of tasty chewy fish cake, fresh herbs and dipping sauce for sure.

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Where to eat:

4. Grilled Fermented Pork Roll (Nem nướng Ninh Hòa)

As a tasty dish you cannot miss, Nem Ninh Hoa has contributed to enrich Nha Trang cuisine. This food has 2 types, which are nem chua (fermented pork) and Nem nuong (grilled pork). Nem nuong is made from pork grinded till it’s smooth. Nem chua is made from thigh and skin of a pig, which are marinated in special spices then rolled in gooseberry leaf and wrapped by banana leaf. Ater being fermented naturally for 3 days, nem chua is available to serve. Because the process of making Nem is completely handmade, Nem is soft, sticky, and tasty. You can try this food with vegetables and rice paper. Do not forget to eat with certain special sauce for Ninh Hoa grilled pork.

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Where to eat:

5. Nha Trang squid pancake (Bánh xèo mực Nha Trang)

Squid pancakes in Nha Trang are similar to pancakes in Saigon but the size is smaller , more crispy. In addition to the required ingredients, these pancakes also have fresh squid and shrimp. All squid are fresh and taken from the wharf. Then, they are washed and cooked immediately to preserve the freshiness. After a while, the ink inside the squid bursts, blending out. Having banh xeo with fresh vegetable and delicious sour, spicy fish sauce will create an extremely bold flavor which you find it hard to forget.

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Where to eat:

  • 52 Phan Boi Chau street ( open only from the afternoon)
  • 64 Hong Bang street ( open only from the afternoon)

6. Fish cake (Chả cá)

As making cha ca, people often use sardines, mackerel, machete fish, barracuda, flying fish and sailfish but the most delicious part is cha ca made from barracuda - a rare specie. Cha ca is steamed or fried (it smells so good when fried but sweet when steamed). No matter how you cook, fish cake still has its own characteristics as soft, chewy, sweet and delicate.

In Nha Trang, people often sell Banh Mi (bread) with Cha ca. Banh mi is freshly baked, still hot and crispy. The sweetness and spiciness of Cha ca promise is becoming a favorite breakfast treat for all tourists.

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Where to buy:

7. Jellyfish Vermicelli (Bún sứa)

Nha Trang Jellyfish vermicelli is one of the delicacies creating the culinary pride of Nha Trang. This dish can be cooked from a small specie of thumb-sized thick white jellyfish taken from remote islands. Part of noodle broth is extremely tasty and significant smell thanks to cooked from ponyfish with an addition of fish cakes. The cook only puts noodle and vegetables in a bowl, adding some fresh jellyfish and slices of Cha ca, then pour hot broth onto the bowl, it’s when your Jellyfish vermicelli is ready to serve.

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Where to eat:

8. Shredded chicken rice with chicken egg butter sauce (Cơm gà chiên bơ)

Words can not describe how good this dish is. It's so popular in Nha Trang that there is a street specializing on shredded chicken rice. A plate of rice with shredded chicken and butter is attractively decorated. This dish is the combination of yellow- colored rice cooked from chicken broth and white rice. Chicken fat make shredded rice brightly in colr and rich in texture. Chicken is well fertimented with a number of Vietnamese seasoning types. These little treats will change your standard of rice forever. As other dishes are, Shreded chicken rice is also served with vegetables to cool down the flavor and balance Ying - Yang.

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Where to eat:

  • 75 Ngo Gia Tu, Nha Trang
  • 10 Ba Trieu, Phuong Sai ward, Nha Trang
  • 8-9B To Vinh Dien street, Nha Trang
  • 1 Phan Boi Chau street, Nha Trang

9. Đắc seed (Hạt Đắc)

Hat Dac is one of the specialties of Nha Trang, simple yet quite popular recently, thanks to its value of nutrition and exotic taste. Hat Dac is a seed of a jungle tree like water coconut trees or palm seeds (thốt nốt) in the west of Vietnam, but flatter and a little smaller. Hat dat is attractively white, elastic and quite fatty. It tastes a little strange but very excited for those who love daring themselves from unfarmiliar foods.

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Where to eat:

52 Le Quy Don, Nha Trang

10. Mango rice paper (Bánh tráng xoài)

Mango rice papar origins from Cam Ranh, Khanh Hoa - a region full of the best quality mangos in Viet Nam. Banh trang xoai is simply made but ingeniously. The mangoes are juiced and boiled (remove seeds). While boiling, you need to stir continuously until the mixture viscous and smelly. When boiled mango juice is available, people will put a plastic on a tray and pour the mango mixture, coated thinly and dried it. Mango rice paper is dried until it's non-sticky and dried evenly.

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Nha Trang mango rice paper can be kept for a long tine with the same quality. Most tourists often buy this specialty for their families and friends. In particular, mango rice paper is very favored by both locals and visitors.

Are you going to visit Nha Trang city? These are some suggestions for you:

- How To Travel From Nha Trang To Da Lat

- Top Free Things To Do In Nha Trang

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My name’s Catherine, you can call me Kate. I love animals, writing and travelling.I started my Asian journey since 2003; and I have been nearly 20 countries so far. The more I go, the more I fall in love with this incredible continent. It has a unique beauty and distinctive culture that never fully explored. This’s why there are many countries I still keep coming back over and over again. I’m here to share with you my fun, sad or even scared memory on my backpacking trails. Hope it works on you!

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