The extremely rich and diverse specialties have contributed to embellish its own unique identity and flavor for this barren, sunny and windy land.
01. Bun Bo Hue
Bun Bo Hue is a special dish originating from the ancient Hue Royal Residence. So visiting Hue ancient capital, you don’t have to pay a lot of money but can still have delicious meals like an emperor.
For those who have enjoyed Bun Bo Hue once, the next time it is hard to resist the attractive flavor, which is so sweet and fragrant, sliced tenderloin lie on big white round noodles. The sauteed mixture of minced lemongrass, chili, cashew nuts, covering the surface of the bowl of noodles looks exceptionally eye-catching. Spring onions, and especially cooked lemongrass root, make the delicious and appealing flavor.
A typical Bun Bo Hue usually has pork, stewed beef, pork blood, Hue-style sausages, shrimp paste, and finely chopped lettuce. Interestingly, the amount of salt and spices in each Hue beef noodle bowl changes by the seasons. For example, in the spring, people often add soy bean, mint, and lettuce, while in the winter, they add more flavor to the broth by adding some lemongrass or fish.
+ Bun Bo Ba Tuyet: 47 Nguyen Cong Tru, Hue City. Price: 15,000 – 33,000 VND / bowl.
+ Ong Bo Bun Vong: 5 Nguyen Du, Hue City. Price: 20,000 – 45,000 VND / bowl.
02. Bun Ca Nha Trang (Fish noodles)
“Fish noodles” is a simple snack across the country. Especially in coastal areas, it is even more indispensable. Typically the Bun Ca usually has pieces of fried fish, but in Nha Trang, the bowl of noodles will have with fish pies.
Fish pie is made entirely of mackerel meat, so it has a unique aroma and sweetness, can not be mixed with other types of meat pie. Because there is only fish meat, the piece of fish pie here has a slightly harsh taste of fish rather than flour.
Also, what makes the attraction for this dish indispensable is the broth with the flavor of the sea. People don’t use the bones of chickens, cows, pigs like other familiar broths to simmer, but the bones of mackerel and cod, those fish that have been filtered for meat to make the fish pie. Thanks to that, the broth is less fat and also has a lighter sweetness.
Served with fish noodles are raw vegetables, bean sprouts, soy sauce, and with many diners, the dish will be more delicious if there is a little shrimp paste. Although this spice is difficult to eat with many people, if you try it once, it will not be easy to forget the delicious taste.
+ Fish Noodles Stall at 23A Yet Kieu, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province. Price: 18,000 – 28,000 VND / bowl.
+ Nguyen Loan fish noodle stall at 123 Ngo Gia Tu, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province. Price: 15,000 – 39,000 VND / bowl.
03. Bun Mam Nem Da Nang (Noodles with anchovy fish sauce)
Anchovy fish sauce is an ingredient of unique dishes in Da Nang, such as fried spring rolls, pork rolls, pancakes, roasted meat, grilled meat noodles…In which Bun Mam Nem is the dish that often people choose when coming to Da Nang.
Bun Mam Nem has rich ingredients. Noodles served with boiled or roasted pork, sour rolls, meat pies…Apart from lettuce, papaya, bean sprouts, young jackfruit, it is indispensable to have basil leaves, laksa leaves, and green onions to reduce the strong smell of anchovy fish sauce.
Most of Bun Mam Nem in Da Nang is presented in the form of a layer of raw vegetables on the bottom, then put the noodles, the meat, rolls and side dishes on the top, and finally, anchovy fish sauce is infused. When eating, diners use chopsticks to mix everything in the bowl to make all ingredients absorbed, and then you can feel the full salty, sweet, spicy, sour taste of the noodle.
+ Bun Mam Ngoc Danang, address 20 Doan Thi Diem, Hai Chau District, Da Nang. Price: 20,000 – 30,000 VND / bowl.
+ Bun Mam Ba Van at 23/14 Tran Ke Xuong Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang. Price: 20,000 – 30,000 VND / bowl.
04. Quy Nhon Jellyfish Noodles
Quy Nhon jellyfish noodle attracts both locals and internationals from all over the region for its fresh, naturally sweet flavor.
Jellyfish for making jellyfish noodles are caught by fishermen off the remote island, different from other itchy jellyfish. Jellyfish for making noodles are small, have milky white color, thick meat, look almost like coconut water rice.
The broth is cooked with ponyfish, a type of fish that is only about three fingers long, has no bones, and gives a sweet taste. Besides, this dish consists of fish pies made of famous fish such as mackerel, barracuda, anchovy…
To have a completed bowl of noodles, first add the noodles, vegetables, jellyfish, then add fish pies to the pot, finally add the hot broth. The bowl of noodles has a sweet taste of fish and fresh crispy of jellyfish.
Although jellyfish noodles are famous and have appeared in many places, jellyfish noodles in Nha Trang from past to present is still the most memorable. Especially for those who live far from the sea for a long time, when returning to Nha Trang, they must find jellyfish noodles. Want to eat tasty jellyfish noodles, it is not necessary to go to famous places, because the nature of this noodle dish is very characteristic of the sea – the taste of the homeland.
+ Hoa Hoa Chinese Restaurant at 318 Phan Chu Trinh, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province. Price: 25,000 – 35,000 VND / bowl.
+ Ngoc Lien Bun Ca: 379 Nguyen Hue, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province. Price: 20,000 – 33,000 VND / bowl.
The above 04 noodles soups are the typical delicacies of the sunny and windy Central region. If possible, try to enjoy all these dishes on your next trip to Vietnam.