5 delicious street food must try when coming to Dalat

July 12, 2020 7 mins to read

Many people spend their entire youth traveling, but food enthusiasts dedicate all their trips solely to eating. One of the attractions of these destinations is undoubtedly the cuisine. So, come to Da Lat – a place that fulfills your scenic beauty and gastronomy expectations.

Banh Trang Nuong (Grilled Rice Paper)

Banh trang nuong is one of the favorite snacks among many young people. It is often called the “Da Lat pizza” due to its diverse ingredients. It includes quail eggs, minced meat, scallion oil, dried shrimp, sausage, satay, butter, cheese, rice flour, and sometimes even dried beef.

The uniqueness of this dish lies in its requirement to be enjoyed hot to preserve the delicious crispiness of the rice paper and the warmth of the filling. Diners can witness the meticulous and quick grilling process from start to finish, performed by vendors throughout the city.

Thin layers of rice paper are placed on a charcoal stove, and ingredients are systematically sprinkled over the surface. For enhanced flavor, the dish is often dipped in spicy chili sauce.

Here are some recommended places to try this delightful treat:

– Cho banh trang an vat Da Lat (Da Lat Street Food Market)
– Banh trang nuong Dinh Dinh (Intersection of Hoang Dieu, Tran Nhat Duat, Da Lat)
– Banh trang nuong Da Lat – Nguyen Van Troi (61 Nguyen Van Troi, Da Lat)

Banh Mi Xiu Mai (Shumai Baguette)

Banh mi xiu mai is a delectable dish in Da Lat that you shouldn’t miss when visiting the land of a thousand flowers. Originating from China, this dish has undergone many adaptations to suit the Vietnamese palate.

Xiu Mai consists of finely ground lean meat and pork fat, seasoned to perfection and formed into round meatballs. The broth is prepared from pork bones, giving it a sweet and savory taste. In the bowl of broth, you’ll find the floating xiu mai meatballs, along with slices of Vietnamese pork sausage and crispy pork skin.

True to its name, banh mi xiu mai is a simple bowl of soup served with hot, fragrant, and crispy baguette. In a bowl filled with xiu mai meatballs, pork sausage, crispy pork skin, a bit of pork fat, and plenty of green onions, you’ll experience the sweetness of the bone broth, the aromatic spices, and especially the spicy kick of chili, which the vendor generously adds to the broth before serving. The slight fragrance of spring onions makes the chilly morning air of Da Lat seem warmer.

Banh mi xiu mai in Da Lat carries a unique and distinctly spicy flavor characteristic of the Central Highlands. Amidst the cool weather of the land of a thousand flowers, calling for a portion of banh mi xiu mai that’s still steaming, tearing a piece of crispy baguette, dipping it into the hot sauce, and savoring it is nothing short of wonderful!

Here are some recommended places to try this dish:

– Banh mi thit heo (10 Yersin, Da Lat)
– Co Suong – banh mi nhe (14 Ap Anh Sang, Ward 1, Da Lat)
– Ha – Banh mi (157 3/2 Street, Da Lat)

Sua dau nanh (Hot Soy Milk)

Hot soy milk is a famous specialty in Da Lat. Therefore, you can easily purchase it anywhere, from the night market to renowned cafes.

Like in many other places, Da Lat’s soy milk is processed cost-effectively. Soybeans are soaked, ground, filtered for their liquid, and finally brought to a boil. This tasty treat from Da Lat comes at an affordable price and is rich in nutrients, providing ample energy for the locals in the chilly region.

In Da Lat, there are two common soy milk types: condensed milk (sua dau nanh bo) and sweetened soy milk (sua dau nanh duong). Proprietors often mix in condensed or sweetened cow’s milk to enhance sweetness and palatability.

– Sua dau nanh bo Da Lat: Soy milk mixed with condensed cow’s milk.
– Sua dau nanh duong Da Lat: Sweetened soy milk mixed with sugar.

During the evening, as the weather turns chilly, people flock to hot soy milk stalls to enjoy a warming cup. It’s unclear when soy milk, green beans, and peanuts became unique specialties of Da Lat, alongside treats like grilled rice paper, strawberry shakes, avocado ice cream, and more.

Here are some recommended places to get delicious soy milk:

– Sua dau nanh – Tang Bat Ho (64 Tang Bat Ho, Da Lat)
– Sua dau nanh (along Ho Xuan Huong Lake, Hanoi)
– Sua dau an vat cho dem Da Lat (Da Lat Night Market)

Sup Cua (Crab Soup)

Crab soup is a familiar street food in Da Lat. A bowl of crab soup is richly fragrant filled with crab meat, quail eggs, and the signature flavor of Da Lat crab. For just 10,000 to 15,000 VND, you can immediately enjoy a steaming bowl of crab soup in the chilly weather of Da Lat. Da Lat’s crab soup has long been renowned for its delicious and sweet flavor, incorporating crab, chicken, and mushrooms.

Here are some recommended places to try delicious crab soup:

– Sup Cua (18 Hoa Binh, Da Lat)
– Street food area at Da Lat Night Market
– Che Cha (18 Tang Bat Ho, Ward 1, Da Lat)

Xap Xap

Xap Xap in Da Lat may sound a bit unfamiliar to tourists exploring the City of Thousands of Flowers, but it is, in fact, a local specialty that you shouldn’t miss. This dish’s ingredients are simple: shredded green papaya soaked in salt water for softness and mixed with various components like spicy dried beef, roasted peanuts, a bit of herbs, and chili. Surprisingly, it’s incredibly delicious. According to some locals, the dish’s name is derived from the sound of cutting the ingredients.

The ingredients may be straightforward, but their combination creates a fantastic flavor. The crispiness and freshness of green papaya, the sweet and sour taste of the broth, and the essential húng quế (Vietnamese mint) or finely ground roasted peanuts all contribute to the rich and delightful experience. The pronounced spiciness of the seasoned dried beef and the nutty texture of the roasted peanuts will leave you craving more.

As the ingredients are easily accessible and the recipe is simple, the cost is quite reasonable. Prices may vary from place to place but typically range from 10,000 to 15,000 VND. With such affordability, you can indulge in this satisfying dish to your heart’s content.

Here are some recommended places to try Xap Xap:

– Ky Gui Store (35 Hung Vuong, Ward 10, Da Lat)
– Ty Ty Store (Nguyen Van Troi, Da Lat)
– Shop Layout 2 (11 Hoang Van Thu, Ward 4, Da Lat)

In the previous article, Vietnampeace.com introduced you to the top addresses for delicious, clean, reasonably priced, and renowned Xap Xap in Da Lat. Stay tuned to Vietnampeace.com for more exciting information!

Sometimes people come to enjoy and call it “Luxury” “Pizza of Dalat” (Photo: zoewang0420)

With only about 10,000 – 20,000 VND, you can enjoy the deliciously baked rice paper (Photo: duong_dory)

A bright gift that is memorable for its rich flavor (Image: vincelee8711)

The plus point for this dish is its incredibly soft price, only from 5,000 – 10,000 a bowl (Photo: kim_trang_kem)

Bean milk is a favorite night gift in Da Lat (Photo: bay.hien)

Each cup of soy milk is only around VND 7,000 – 10,000 (Image: shxxjxxhxx)

Crab soup is a familiar sidewalk dish of Da Lat (Photo: Collectibles)

With a soft price of 10,000-15,000 VND, you can collide with your lover in the cold weather (Photo: kanyphoto)

The dish listens to the name you want to try (Image: Collectibles)

This local dish only costs 5,000 – 12,000 VND / bowl (Image: mesh)

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