Top 8 must-try local dishes in Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a coastal city that every travel enthusiast cannot ignore when visiting Vietnam. Apart from the charming coast with white sandy beaches and a rich culture which is shown in many city landmarks, Nha Trang also boasts mouth-watering cuisine that definitely brings your sun-soaked escape to a new level. Cuisine in Nha Trang is renowned for fresh and diverse seafood and its local specialties, which have unique flavors and textural delights. Here are the Top 8 local dishes that you must try while in Nha Trang City.

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1. Nha Trang Seafood:

Your beach vacation in Nha Trang will be incomplete without a seafood feast. Thanks to its long coast, Nha Trang is renowned for a variety of seafood such as lobster, crab, oyster, squid, clam, octopus, snail, etc. Seafood is daily caught and cooked in different ways such as steamed, stir-fried, and fried. The freshest flavor is always guaranteed. The best way to enjoy seafood is to head to a beachside restaurant or local eateries along the coast where you can admire the vast sea and feel the sea breeze over your face.

Here are some restaurants along the beach you can refer to:

  • Thanh Suong Seafood Restaurant - 15 Tran Phu or 9A Tran Phu Street
  • Tam Meo Seafood Restaurant - 40 Tran Phu Street
  • Gio Bien Seafood Restaurant - 10 Pham Van Dong Street
  • Lang Tom Restaurant - 12A Pham Van Dong Street

2. Bún sứa (Jellyfish Noodle Soup):

Mentioning Nha Trang Cuisine, Bun sua has become a top dish thanks to its unique ingredients. It is made with sliced white and thick jellyfish, grilled fish cake, broth from seafood, seasonings, and some fresh vegetables and herbs. The cool and crunchy taste of jellyfish is blended with the natural sweetness from seafood in broth, and the delectable flavor of herbs. A little lime juice and a slice of chili would make your noodle bowl more flavorful and delicious.

From VND 15,000 - 40,000/bowl, you can try Bun sua at some addresses below:

  • Bun ca sua Nha Trang - 87 Yersin Street
  • Bun ca co Ba - 123 Yersin Street
  • Nguyen Loan Restaurant – 123 Ngo Gia Tu Street
  • Nam Beo Restaurant – B2, Cho Dam Apartment, Phan Boi Chau

3. Bún chả cá (Fish Cake Noodle Soup):

Like jellyfish noodle soup, fish cake noodle soup is one of the locals' favorite dishes in Nha Trang. You can try it for breakfast or any time in a day. For Nha Trang fish cake noodle soup, the broth is cooked from mackerel bones, and fish cake is made from fresh fish so it has a natural sweet taste. Some vegetables, tomatoes, pineapples, and green onion are added to reduce the fishy taste and make the dish more tasty.

Addresses to try:

  • Bun ca Co Ba - 123 Yersin Street
  • Bun ca Nha Trang Hanh Nhien - 61 Trinh Phong Street
  • Bun ca Nguyen Loan - 123 Ngo Gia Tu Street
  • Bun ca Min - 170 Bach Dang Street

4. Nem nướng (Grilled Fermented Pork Roll):

One of the best finger foods in Nha Trang must be Nem nuong. "nem nuong" are fermented pork rolls grilled on charcoal until golden brown. The thing that attracts eaters the most is the way to enjoy it. You will be served a tray of all ingredients including grilled fermented pork roll, lettuce, cucumber, carrot pickles, green mango, rice noodles, herbs, and a thick texture sauce. While savoring, you use rice paper to wrap all the ingredients and dip the roll into the source. The combination of the freshness of vegetables, fat from "nem", full of sour, salty, sweet and spicy tastes certainly delight your taste buds from the very first bites.

Some addresses to try:

  • Nem nuong Dang Van Quyen - 16A Lan Ong Street
  • Nem nuong Vu Thanh An - 15 Le Loi Street
  • Nem nuong Di Nuong - 29-31 Le Loi Street

5. Bánh căn (Rice Flour Pancake):

Banh can is a small rice flour pancake that can be found in other places in Vietnam. However, Banh can Nha Trang has a different flavor, tempting food enthusiasts worldwide. Can Cake is made from rice flour, quail egg, and some toppings such as shrimp, squid, minced pork, etc. The dish is served with different sauces, depending on the style of each cook.

Addresses to try:

  • Banh can chi Gai Nha Trang - 9 Thap Ba
  • Banh can Le Thanh Ton - 19 Le Thanh Ton
  • Banh can 48 Nha Trang - 48 Hoang Hoa Tham

6. Bánh xèo mực Nha Trang (Nha Trang Squid Pancake):

Popular pancakes usually include shrimp and minced pork, but Banh xeo Nha Trang (Nha Trang pancake) makes it more special and unique with squid instead of pork. The fresh squid is only cleaned from the outside, the ink inside will not be removed to keep the sweetest flavor. Nha Trang pancake also includes shrimp, bean sprouts, green onion, and some seasonings.

Addresses to try:

  • Banh xeo muc Nha Trang chao - 85 To Hien Thanh Street
  • Banh xeo Nem 52 - No. 29-31 Le Le Street
  • Banh xeo muc Co Tam - 6 Thap Ba Street

7. Bánh ướt Diên Khánh (Dien Khanh Wet Cake):

Dien Khanh Wet Cake is a very simple dish but has become a must-try for travelers coming to Nha Trang. After making the mixture of rice flour, tapioca flour, and water, the cook will pour a suitable amount of mixture on a cloth covering an oven of boiling water. After a few minutes, the cake is done and placed on the plate, then added green onion, mashed green bean, pork or shrimp floss, and fried onions. The dipping sauce is also an unmissable part of Dien Khanh wet cake.

Addresses to try:

  • Pho Banh Uot Dien Khanh Nha Trang - 104 A1 Street, Vinh Diem Trung
  • Banh Uot Dien Khanh 16A - 16A Hong Linh Street
  • Banh uot nong Co Ha - 23 tháng 10 Street

8. Bò nướng Lạc Cảnh (Lac Canh Grilled Beef):

One of the non-seafood dishes that make up Nha Trang cuisine is Lac Canh Grilled Beef. The dish is named after the name of the restaurant since it is the signature dish that most first-time diners will try here. What makes it different is not only the softness of the beef but also the secret recipe for marinating beef with honey and over 10 spices. An oven with grills of raw beef cut into cubes will be served and you can freely grill it per your liking. The dish will be more complete and delicious with a sauce made with lime juice, salt, and chili.

  • Address: Bo nuong Lac Canh - 77 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street

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