You claim to be native of “Nau” land? Are you confident that you enjoy almost of specialties in your hometown? But have you ever been in the suddenly situations that someone ask you “What do we eat now?”. If I was you, I will be very awkward because my brain doesn’t immediately think a lot. Do not worried! All are in the “Top 10 Binh Dinh specialties”.
Each country, each region has its own cuisine, and Binh Dinh province is too. Coming to “Nau” land, you will have the opportunity to enjoy many unique and delicious specialties. So, let’s explore the top 10 Binh Dinh specialties that travellers can not ignore with Hiquynhon!
Bun ca (Fish noodle)
Bun ca is one of the most popular dishes for Quy Nhon people. Whenever guests come from far away, this is Binh Dinh specialties usually introduced first. Fried fish are made from fresh fish that have just been caught, tough, fragrant and salty. Bun ca is often served with a plate of fresh green vegetables, added with some red chilis, and some sweet onions. All of them have created unforgettable taste in this famous dish of “Nau” land.
- Bun Thuy – 261 Tang Bat Ho Street
- Bun ca Ngoc Lien – 279A Nguyen Hue Street
- Bun ca Phuong Teo – 209 – 211 Nguyen Hue Street
Price range: 20,000 – 30,000 VND
Bun ram – Bun tom (Thornback noodle – Shrimp noodle)
Although they are not as popular as Bun ca but Bun ram and Bun tom still “score” in the hearts of tourists by the unique that can not taste elsewhere. Bun ram – Bun tom are specialties originated from Phu My and quickly spread into the whole Binh Dinh province, especially Quy Nhon city. Tasting Bun ram , you will feel the fresh aroma blended with the fragrance phthalate. Tasting Bun tom, sweet savour from the fresh shrimp that have just been caught up creates attractively sweet flavour. It’s so great, isn’t it?
- My Hanh – 54 Ngo Gia Tu Street
- 52 Lí Thai To Street
- 243 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street
Price range: 10,000 – 18,000 VND
Bun sua (Jellyfish noodle)
Bun (Noodles) are easy to eat and often combined with many dishes. With the advantage of the land having many seafood specialties, it is not difficult to understand when Quy Nhon has many dishes made from Bun. And Bun sua is one of the famous Binh Dinh specialties.
Two types of jellyfish are jellyfish’s ears and jellyfish’s foots. Jellyfish’s ears are blue, watery, soft. Jellyfish’s feet are white, opaque, dry, eaten as crispy as “cartilage”. Quy Nhon people usually use jellyfish feet for processing because they are both dry and crispy, so they are very popular. The vermicelli is placed in a bowl, covered with crispy jellyfish cut into pieces and then cooked for the broth. Bun sua is served with a bit of crushed beetroot and eaten with fresh vegetables and green mango.
Bun sua is mixed thoroughly by chopsticks, added a bit red pepper spicy. Diners will feel a sweet crunchy jellyfish, fat peanuts with a bit of sour taste of mango, the aroma of vegetables, the pungent taste of pepper, chili and boiling water which make a great flavor. All of them make the taste of pleasure can not be refused!
- Bun Thuy – 261 Tang Bat Ho Street
- Bun ca Ngoc Lien – 279A Nguyen Hue
- Bun ca Phuong Teo – 209 – 211 Nguyuen Hue Street
Price range: 25,000 – 30,000 VND
Banh canh cha ca (specal soup with grill fish)
Follow the “series” of Banh canh (literally “cake soup”), I want to show you the dish eaten with fried fish is extremely loved. It can be said that when talking about Binh Dinh specialties, it has a great shortcoming if we don’t mention to Banh canh cha ca. Coming to Quy Nhon, we can easily see many small or large “cake soup” restaurants. If you do not like the soft noodles of vermicelli and want to find something more tough, more pliable, Banh canh is a perfect choice. Unlike rice noodles, Banh canh is made from flour. The difference in ingredients has created a special flavor for this dish. This dish is also used with broth, but soup broth is usually more sticky because it is cooked from fish bones. Nothing better to enjoy this dish with the “distinctive” fried fish!
- 102A Ngo May Street
- 19 Phan Boi Chau Alley
- 31 March Street
- Crossroad at Cho khu 6 (6 District Market)
Price range: 10,000 – 25,000 VND
Pho kho Quy Nhon (Quy Nhon Dried Pho)
Pho is a familiar dish for all Vietnamese. However, each region has its own characteristics. For example, in Gia Lai, Pho kho is often eaten without water in the bowl but with the same cup of water attached. Meanwhile, the thing makes Pho kho in Quy Nhon is different from other regions is that Pho often is eaten with soup. That is why when you go to any noodles restaurants in Quy Nhon, you will be surprise and ask questions like “What is dryied noodles?”,” Dried noodle with water?”. Rice noodles are big and soft as “the bodies of the girls” in Hanoi. Pho kho Quy Nhon is famous for dry rice noodles like “the strong boys” in Binh Dinh province and more tough after boiling in water. Combined with delicious soups and delicious slices of beef soft sweet, this dish promises bring guests an unforgettable impression!
- Pho Cao Luc – 79 Tran Phu Street
- Pho Ms Luon – 266 Le Hong Phong Street
- Pho Be Loc – Crossroad between Bach Dang Street and Phan Dinh Phung Street
- 147 Phan Dinh Phung Street
- 31 Nguyen Thi Dinh Street
Price range: 25,000 – 30,000 VND
Banh xeo tom hay (“Jumping” Shrimp Pancake)
Banh xeo is available anywhere but only Banh xeo tom nhay which is a specialty in Binh Dinh makes visitors in everywhere satisfied, even the most difficult people! Looking at this name, Banh xeo tom nhay has created the curiosity, interest of customers. This dish is named that because the special ingredients that create delicious pancakes are the red, round and fresh shrimps that have just catch up and still jumped. Coming to the restaurants, diners will be listened to the sound of the fried powder, the fresh shrimps on the frying-pan, and watching the cake maker’s hands are extremely skilled. The crispy cake is added a layer of red shrimp or soft pork and with a little sprouts, a little onions. That’s look great!
- My Cang – 25 km from Quy Nhon, it is located in Phuoc Son commune (Tuy Phuoc district, Binh Dinh province)
- Hung Restaurant – 24 Dien Hong Street
- Gia Vy 1: 19 Dien Hong Street
- Gia Vy 2: 118 Dong Da Street
- Rau mam Restaurant – 91 Dong Da Street
- Anh Vu Restaurant – 14 Dien Hong
Price range: 15,000 – 25,000 VND
Grilled and Steamed Seafood
Coming to the Quy Nhon coastal city, it is not certainly strange when you are led to enjoy the delicious fresh seafood. Only 12,000 – 25,000/ a plate, you can discover a variety of seafood that are processed extremely unique such as steamed blood cockles, grilled scallops, sea snails, steamed shrimp, … You will definitely be addicted!
- Oc Co Xi – Dao Duy Tu Street
- Oc Kieu – Tang Bac Ho Street
- Oc Bong – Ngoc Han Cong Chua Street
Price range: 12,000 – 25,000 VND/ a plate
Banh hoi chao long (Banh hoi served with pork intestine)
Banh hoi chao long is also one of the dishes that Binh Dinh people always remember when they go far away . In fact, Banh hoi and Chao long are two different dishes but these are mixed together interestingly. In other areas, when ordering Banh hoi chao long, the owner will bring you a porridge bowl of pork intestine with Banh uot or Banh hoi to eat together. “Nau” land is different, the pork intestine will be stacked on the plate and next to the plate is Banh hoi. They are eaten together with vegetables to make the main dishes, accompanied by a cup of hot warmed porridge. This Binh Dinh specialty makes “stirred soul” of generations because of its special eating way and great taste.
- 11 Hai Thuong Lang Ong Street
- 76A Tran Phu Street
- 20 Dien Hong
Price range: 10,000 – 20,000 VND
Banh beo (Water Fern Cake)
Indeed, “Nau” land is the place where is origin of many kinds of “cakes”, many dishes made from flour have become Binh Dinh specialties. And one of the famous dishes is Banh beo. Banh beo is made from rice flour mixed with foam or dry rice and water, then poured into the heated small disks on the stove. Banh beo is usually served with crushed peanuts or dried shrimp, sprinkled on a layer of onions or crispy fried bread. The tallowy flavour of peanuts, crispy onions, a cup of savour fish sauce… all of them have created a special feature for Banh beo in Binh Dinh province – That’s an unforgettable taste!
- 318 Dien Hong Street
- 440 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Alley
- Banh beo Ba Xe – Nguyen Tat Thanh Street
- Kim Dinh – 20 Nguyen Hue Street
Price range: 5,000 – 15,000 VND / a disk
Chao luon (Rice gruel with eel)
Have you ever enjoyed this dish? With great benefits such as heat-relieving, good for the digestive system or pregnant women,… Chao luon is always one of the most favourite Binh Dinh specialties of locals. After the food processing of clever cheves, the fresh eels have become a nutritious food. Chao luon is often eaten with turmeric and a lot of pepper to deodorize of the eels. In addition, some people like putting egg yolks in hot tice gruel and stirring create flavor and fatty taste. Do not wait any more, come quickly and enjoy right now!
- Thu Huong Restaurant – 42 Tang Bat Ho Street
- 29 Nguyen Thi Dinh Street
- 19 Nguyen Cong Tru Street
- 29 Chuong Duong Street
Price range: 12,000 – 20,000 VND
All above dishes are the most famous ones in Quy Nhon. Obviously, this does not mean that Binh Dinh specialties just include these dishes. So, if you enjoy other Binh Dinh cuisine or unique restaurants, please share with Hiquynhon so that Binh Dinh cuisine is more well-known!
Ngan Ngan – Hiquynhon
Translated by DTS – Hiquynhon
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