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Taste of Quy Nhon

Explore the taste of Quy Nhon

1. Vietnamese Jumping Shrimp PancakesBánh Xèo Tôm Nhảy

Banh Xeo [ɓǎɲ sɛ̂w] – Vietnamese Pancakes, literally “sizzling cakes”, are named for the loud sizzling sound they make when the rice batter is poured into the hot skillets.

Banh Xeo are savory fried pancakes made with rice flour, water, turmeric powder, stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, diced green onion, and bean sprouts. Served warm and filled with cool, crisp vegetables, fresh herbs, and drizzled with a spicy-salty sauce, they will blow your mind with flavor and texture achieved with very little effort.

In Binh Dinh province, people upgrade this dish to Banh Xeo Tom NhayJumping Shrimp Pancakes by adding plenty of fresh shrimp. The best and legendary Banh Xeo Tom Nhay are served a small cottage next to My Cang bridge, in Tuy Phuoc district, about 20km from Quy Nhon.

At weekends, people from city and other provinces gather there to get in line to enjoy the specialty. Due to the dish’s popularity, ones have no chance to be served unless booking in advance or getting there very early in the morning. According to the owner, an old lady selling Banh Xeo for over 20 years, the secret is: cakes are cooked right after the rice batter is made (by traditional stone mill); shrimp must be from Go Boi river and still jumping; fresh and vegetables must contain sprouts, cucumber & green mango. Altogether, the place and cakes make it an unforgettable experience for consumers.

Today, that Jumping Shrimp Pancakes spread over Quy Nhon makes it very easy to enjoy hot Banh Xeo Tom Nhay within the city. There are three choices as well: shrimp, beef and squid.

Where to eat?

Anh Vu & Gia Vy 2, 14 Dien Hong, Quy Nhon

2. Quy Nhon Fish Cake Noodles (Bún Chả Cá Quy Nhơn)

Cha ca Quy Nhon– Quy Nhon Fish Cake, a specialty of central Binh Dinh Province, has been recognized by the Asian Records Organization as one of the Asian specialties.

Quy Nhon Fish Cake is the main ingredient of this dish and is made from many kinds of fresh fish including lizardfish, barracuda and mackerel. When enjoying this delicacy, customers will experience the aromatic and sweet taste of the broth which is cooked with the simmered fish bones, pumpkin, cabbage, pineapple, tomato and dried bamboo shoots.

Bun Cha Ca Quy Nhon can be served with raw vegetables, jellyfish, thinly-sliced lemons and chilies.  The amazing mixture of the various flavors really gives a smooth aftertaste!

Quy Nhon Fish Cake Noodles is probably the top favorite food in the city. Not only being well-liked in its homeland but the dish also recently gained popularity in a big city like Saigon.

Where to eat?

Phuong Teo, 211, 415 Nguyen Hue, QN

Ngoc Lien, 379 A-B Nguyen Hue, QN

Mai, 237-239 Tang Bat Ho, QN

3.  Banh Hoi Rice Noodles (Bánh Hỏi)

Banh Hoi are food originated from Binh Dinh province which consisting of rice vermicelli woven into intricate bundles. They’re instantly recognizable as the white noodles are shaped like rectangular mats of thick white cheesecloth which are very thin, finer than Italian angel hair pasta.

Banh hoi are not eaten on their own, but rather as an accompaniment to rich, flavorful morsels, such as slices of grilled beef or boiled pork. People, especially from the South, love to bundle up food in lettuce and fresh herbs, which is exactly how this dish is enjoyed. Just grab a piece of lettuce, layer with some herbs, a piece of banh hoi rice noodle and a slice of beef. Then dip your creation in some nuoc cham dipping sauce and enjoy the intermingling of flavors and texture.

4.  Vietnamese Fermented Pork Roll (Nem Chua)

Nem Chua is a meat roll with a sweet, sour, salty and spicy taste which makes the mouth salivates with each bite. It is a regional traditional food due to the different ingredients and sauces used. In Binh Dinh, the most famous is Nem Chua Cho Huyen in Tuy Phuoc district.

To make Nem Chua in Binh Dinh, the main ingredient is pork thigh. It is made from minced pork, sliced pigskin and a mixture of seasoning, garlic and a peppercorn. These contents are mixed thoroughly before being wrapped with a guava leave, then banana leaves into small, boxy rolls before being stored for natural fermentation process from three to five days in a cool place.

Dipping a Nem Chua into hot chili soy sauce, then eating it with a garlic clove is simply mind-blowing. Fermented Pork Roll is among the best traditional food to international tourists who have taken an interest in Vietnamese cuisine in recent years

Where to eat?

Loi, 113 Tang Bat Ho, Quy Nhon

Ba Tam, 444 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Quy Nhon

5. Grilled Meat Noodles (Bún Thịt Nướng)

Bun Thit Nuong is a popular  Vietnamese cold rice noodle dish topped with grilled pork, roasted peanuts, fresh herbs and vegetables.

The dish looks nice with all the ingredients arranged on top of the noodles. But it tastes so much better when everything is churned up and the dressing is distributed properly so every mouthful is a mixture of textures and tastes – soft noodles and crunchy peanuts, sweet pork and sour pickled vegetables, all complemented by the shredded cucumber, lettuce and herbs that are hiding under the noodles.

In Quy Nhon, Bun Thit Nuong is served with a Hoisin-based sauce topped with crushed peanuts. Usually, people sell this dish together with Nem Chua.

Where to eat?

Loi, 113 Tang Bat Ho, Quy Nhon

Ba Tam, 444 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Quy Nhon

6. Jellyfish Salad (Gỏi Sứa)

While traveling in Quy Nhon, stunning Goi Sua certainly is a must-try dish. Being tasty, cool and cheap makes it very popular during summer.

 According to famous herbal doctor Tue Tinh, jellyfish is very good for people with high blood pressure or children who have stomach problems. “Eating dried jellyfish is highly nutritious and they contain a lot of good substances… they contain a lot of calcium-binding proteins which improve memory and help to fight age-related cognitive decline” from Healthguidance.org.

There are 2 main parts of a jellyfish: body & tails. Their body is cut into smaller pieces, looks transparent and a little blue. On the other hand, the tails are darker and more crispy. That’s why they are more delicious and expensive.

After drying jellyfish a little bit, Quy Nhon people cut them into pieces, clean and then blend them in boiling water. Just keep in mind that over-cooked jellyfish can shrink to almost nothing. A mixture of jellyfish, crunchy peanuts, chili, lemon juice together with shredded cucumber and green mango, sliced green banana is absolutely stunning.

Where to eat?

Hai Sy, 21B Nguyen Hue, Quy Nhon

Restaurants along Xuan Dieu Str. (cheap price & next to the beach)

7. Pointing Chicken (Gà Chỉ)

Pointing Chicken is a specialty in Dieu Tri town, 15 km from Quy Nhon. The name indicates how people enjoy this dish: at chicken garden,they point at a chicken they like and wait for 45 minutes for their meals.

Chickens in Dieu Tri are very delicious and famous not only for meat’s quality but also by the way of cooking. The 2 main dishes are: Steamed Chicken with Green Onion and Fried Chicken with Fish Sauce. Usually, a four-person family order 2 chickens which turn out to 4 dishes: steamed & fried chickens, a bow of gruel and a dish of fried sticky rice.

Fried Chicken with Fish Sauce is absolutely among the best tastes in town, as it “hit all the sensory things important to Westerners in being crispy, sweet, salty, meaty, moist, and savory” from Eater.com

Today, there is no need to point at any chicken to be served. Due to a huge number of customers, all chickens are done beforehand and people only have to wait 15-20 minutes for their meals.

Where to eat?

Sau Cao, Ghenh Rang, Quy Nhon

Quang Thang, 50 Che Lan Vien, Quy Nhon

8. Seafood

What a big miss if traveling or passing Quy Nhon without trying any seafood here. There is a seafood street here– Xuan Dieu street. Usually, the price in Quy Nhon is much cheaper than in Ho Chi Minh city- about ½- while the fishes, shrimp, squid, shells are fresher and more yummy.