Eating in Đà Lạt

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While the aroma of street foods at the Đà Lạt night market may entice you to spend your entire evening there, don’t.  Save your appetite as we’ve got some must visit restaurants to try in Đà Lạt.  We use the term restaurant loosely–restaurants in Vietnam are not the typical Western style restaurants–often they’re the bottom floor of someone’s home where the owners lives directly above on the upper levels of the home.

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The first spot, Bánh Xèo Bà Chi specializes in central style banh xeo. Unlike it’s southern counter part, central banh xeo are  much smaller, almost deep fried, and as a result, much more crispy.  To get here, you have to go through a small alley way and enter through the kitchen.

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Yes, you walk right past the grand daughter cooking banh xeo to order and the matriarch, Bà Chi herself, deep frying chả giò to a prefect crisp and golden consistency.  This family restaurant has been in business for years and well known among locals.

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Walk thruough to the living room and grab a table.  Order several platefuls of banh xeo (only $1 each!) and plate of  chả giò (both come with all the vegatble and herb fixings) and you’ll be all the more happy for it.   Visit Bánh Xèo Bà Chi at 43B,  3 tháng 2 hẻm thủy tiên.

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Across town near the old French quarter is Phúc Nguyên, a restaurant specializing in goat 7 ways de 7 món. Similar to the famous beef 7 ways, de 7 món is a very popular and festive meal in Vietnam for special occasions.  The best goats in Vietnam are found in the mountainous region of Ninh Binh in Northern Vietnam and but also in Đà Lạt with it’s hilly mountain sides. You can order specific items from the 7 courses of goat and not obligated to order all 7 courses, but if you did, it won’t set you back much at all as most dishes are around $5. Steamed de hấp and grilled de nướng (above) is was fantastic without any significant gaminess.

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The best way to enjoy these meats is top with some citrus-y herbs on bánh đa rice cracker with touch of of pungent sauce of shrimp paste, pickled garlic, slivers of lemongrass, chile and lime. Or you can wrap these meats in rice paper as well.

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The goat hot pot, lẩu de, is a gamey and dark broth of  made goat knuckles and long bones, with chunks of  fall of the bone meat and tendon .  It comes with the requisite plateful of herbs vegetables and varietal of noodles and eggs to lighten the dish.

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The owner is actually an Indian immigrant to Vietnam decades ago and specializes in curried goat cà ri de and sauteed turmeric  de xào lăn.  Both are stand outs, rich in flavor standing up to the goat meat.

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Make sure you go early in the evening as this place tends to get packed with large groups of families and friends ready to celebrate and enjoy a great evening of food and camraderie.   Phúc Nguyên 32Trần Hưng Đạo. 

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12 Responses to “Eating in Đà Lạt”

  1. 1

    Shawn — November 3, 2012 @ 12:08 am

    I’m originally from Da Lat and just wanted to thank you guys for showcasing my hometown!

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    Khanh — November 3, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    This blog is awesome and reminds me how great it is to be Vietnamese! Thanks for sharing guys!

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    Thuy — November 3, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    I think the the banh xeo from the central region you are referring to is called banh khoai. The southern banh xeo derived from the central banh khoai.

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    Vivian — November 4, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Love reading your blog – Thanks for capturing how amazing Vietnam and Vietnamese food is :)

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    JulieD — November 9, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    Wow, looks beautiful you guys!! I want some banh xeo right now!

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    Lien X Tong — November 26, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    This looks AMAZING! Do you guys happen to know a good Banh Ep recipe? I can’t find one anywhere online. And oh if you are in Hue, please do try some!

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    EricU — November 30, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Really enjoyed this posting – it brought back great memories of 2 years ago visit to Da Lat right as they opened the new airport.
    Da Lat has so many great places to eat. Tu Hanh Nha Hang Chay restaurant is one of my favorite places in Vietnam because their food is two steps above awesome. I first stopped in on a rainy day when out exploring, and was amazed at the mock meats they did there and how real they looked and tasted. A year later local friends took me to their favorite place – which was of course – Tu Hanh Nha Hang Chay restaurant.
    The other place I really liked was Tomato, which specialized in some of the great Da Lat local dishes. Well worth the stop to try. I wish i could recall the soup we had there – but think it was asparagus or avacado.
    But my favorite meal was over at a friends house – and she happens to be an asst chef at one of the large hotels- -and after a meal of local dishes – we had the best Da Lat strawberry ice cream have ever tasted.

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    Cliff — May 7, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    Hi.

    Just wanted to say thanks for your suggestion of Phuc Nguyen. My girlfriend and I are currently travelling through Asia and I stubbled upon your website looking for food ideas in Dalat. It was something really different and delicious and we wouldn’t have found it without this website.

    Will keep checking back for other suggestions throughout Asia as we continue our journey.

    Cliff

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    John — December 18, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    Just went recently after reading your blog. It cost 75,000VND for 3 small pieces of banh
    xeo. Taste so so.

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