Tourists are impressed with Dalat by not only stunning landscapes, but also by delicious dishes that you cannot look for anywhere else. Among Vietnamese people, Dalat is famous for its vegetables. However, according to young people, this place is as a paradise of snacks or street foods.
1. Banh Trang Nuong – Vietnamese pizza (Grilled rice paper)
It’s a slice of rice paper that’s barbecued with a mixture of egg, dried baby prawns, sweet and spicy sauce and chopped spring onions. When they’re cooked, a giant chopstick is used to roll up the pizza. Once rolled, it’s wrapped in a square of newspaper and handed over.
It’s very cheap to take one, only 10.000Đ – 12.000Đ each (about 50 US cents).
Try it in the evening on the steps leading down to the Dalat Central Market or at 32 – 34 on 3 Tháng 2 Street.
2.Banh can (rice flour cakes )
Bánh căn is served in many different ways, but here in the mountains it’s simple, straightforward comfort food. Bánh căn are rice flour cakes cooked in small, round ‘pods’ over hot coals. A quail egg is dropped in the middle and sprinkled with spring onions. Once cooked these little cakes are crispy on the outside with a bubbly, spongy consistency on the inside which makes them perfect for absorbing the salty-sweet dipping sauce.
You can find it at 22 Tang Bat Ho Street, opens from around 4pm (20,000VNĐ/$1)
Mì quảng is a central Vietnamese dish but it’s also very popular here in the highlands. One big difference is the gigantic pig’s trotter in the middle of this soup. This trotter has been slow cooked until the meat and fat are so tender they melt in your mouth. The broth is rich but not too sweet or salty, and the mint leaves, banana blossom and lime add crunch and tang to it.
Mì Quảng Thành opens from 4pm, only 30.000Đ each ~ $1.5
4.Sinh tố (Smoothies or fruit juice)
Sinh tố is a Vietnamese specialty and the Dalat version is pretty amazing. Especially the strawberry and avocado, because they are grown well in cooler climes, apparently.
You can try it at Dalat Fruit, next door to 20A Bui Thi Xuan, Dalat.
For some people, it’s one of the necessities of life. Try great Vietnamese coffee at
- Organic Coffee Bun at 130 Bui Thi Xuan, Dalat.
- Café 13: 13 corner of Trương Công Định & Tăng Bạt Hổ streets
- Café Năm: 13 Phan Bội Châu Street
- Windmills Coffee Shop: 133 Phan Đình Phùng Street
- Café Ngoại Ô: No.31/1 3 Tháng 4 Street