Da Lat is the city of flowers with a dramatic landscape. And, its cuisine also makes many tourists love to come here. Vietnamdrive introduces you to some destinations of local food including their addresses to go to taste.
1. Banh Mi Xiu mai (Vietnamese bread with meatballs)
Address: No.26 Hoang Dieu, Ward 5, Da Lat.
Banh mi – the favorite dish throughout Vietnam, is modified into “banh mi Xiu Mai” to match the relatively cold weather of Da Lat. It is just a fresh hot bread but served with a bowl of tasty Xiu Mai soup and small meatballs, some chili oil and finally embellished with a little green onion. Such a perfect choice for breakfast.
2. Banh Can Xiu Mai Cay Bo
Address: 56 Tang Bat Ho, right behind a big avocado tree.
This specialty is best served at afternoon meal, featuring crispy crust and fragrant stuffing (which is either chicken egg or quail egg). What makes Banh Can Xiu Mai Cay Bo so different is the brilliant sauce. This sauce is made with deep fried onion, sweet and sour fish sauce decorated with some xiu mai meatballs; all of them together build up the tasty dish for you to enjoy under the slightly cold weather. The venue is quite small and often crowded, so we suggest you arrive early and try the new cheese yogurt while waiting for the main dish.
3. Food at the night market
Address: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ward 1, Da Lat
Visiting Da Lat without attending the night market is definitely a huge pity. This is the paradise for big nosh food lovers with various exciting and cheap menus, But to me, I especially love the grilled ones, such as corn, eggs, meat stick (with multiple ingredients from vegetable to pork, frog, fish, etc.). Then, the hot dishes like “bun rieu” (rice vermicelli with sour soup and crabs), hu tieu, crab soup. And finally, the specialty that makes itself the symbol of Da Lat cuisine: the “banh trang nuong” (baked rice paper). This dish is widely loved by the youth, and it is even nicknamed “Vietnamese pizza”. Give yourself a chance and visit the market, you do not want to miss it.
4. Ice cream at L’ang Farm
Address: No.6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ward 1, Da Lat
Don’t forget L’ang Farm vendor every time you travel to Da Lat, as all of the city’s best specialties are assembled here. Also, the vendor offers a sweetened buffet for its guests at such a reasonable price. For at least 49,000 VND, you can enjoy more than 50 best specialties of Da Lat, not to mention the beverage here like coffee, tea, gelato ice cream are extremely good too. Banh trang nuong has recently been available here as well. Therefore, don’t forget L’Ang Farm!
5. Thanh Thao avocado ice cream
Address: No.76 Nguyen Van Troi Street, Da Lat
Located in the shop has long been the gathering place for the youth. They choose this place not only for the chats but for its special avocado ice cream. One small ball of ice cream is placed on the creamy ground avocado. The smoothie is also delicious. You should get to the shop early as it often gets crowded very soon.
Da Lat is not only a beautiful city with cool weather, but it also gives itself another fame for its very own cuisine that leaves a memorable taste on the travelers. These are favorite places for Da Lat specialties. We hope that you will have the best time enjoying the cuisine here. (Kang Nguyen/ Vietnamdrive)