10 Best Dishes in Dalat Vietnam
The best DaLat dishes are made with fresh produce and meat that are sourced from ethnic farms around the hill town. Blessed with a cool central highland climate, just about anything can be grown there, not just tropical vegetables and fruits. Some of the best foods here include strawberries, asparagus, artichokes, grapes, tea, and coffee.
If you’re around Xuan Huong Lake, try out the many street food stalls along the lakefront. Da Lat Night Market is also one of the best places to enjoy authentic yet inexpensive dishes during your stay. The most popular way to start the day is with a crispy baguette and meatball soup, along with hot soybean milk. Check out our guide of must-try dishes in Da Lat, which includes a dessert to end each meal on a sweet note.
1. Banh Mi Xiu Mai (Vietnamese Baguette with Meatball Soup)
Banh mi is typically a crispy baguette with a variety of fillings. When you’re in Da Lat, it’s actually a bowl of meatballs that’s served with bread on the side. These flavourful meatballs are made with minced mushroom, onion, garlic, ground pork, and local spices, before being cooked in a hearty tomato-based broth. Priced between 10,000 and 20,000, we highly recommend enjoying banh mi xiu mai in the morning as it’s a light yet warming way to start the day.
2. Banh Canh (Noodle Soup)
Banh canh is a hearty noodle soup made with simmered pork meat and bones. Well-loved for its warming properties, this dish typically comes with a generous amount of thick tapioca rice noodles, green onions, cilantro, and pork slices. You can also enjoy it with quail eggs, fried spring rolls, fish cakes, or fish ball, if you’re not a fan of pork. Most local restaurants in Da Lat serve banh canh for about VND 15,000 per bowl. As with most dishes in Vietnam, a platter of fresh greens is served on the side.
3. Bun Bo (Beef Rice Noodle Soup)
Bun bo or beef rice noodle soup originates from Hue, but travellers can find this dish in many Da Lat restaurants. Located along Ly Thuong Kiet Street, local eatery Quan Bun Bo Hue serves the best bun bo in Da Lat. Spicier than pho, this dish consists of rice vermicelli, sprouts, banana buds, beef slices, red pepper flakes, and lemongrass. A small bowl costs VND 35,000 but we highly recommend paying an extra VND 10,000 to get a more substantial amount of beef in your dish.
4. Banh Uot Long Ga (Wet Rice Cake With Boiled Chicken)
The English translation for banh uot long ga may sound unappetising, but it’s widely regarded as Da Lat’s most popular street food. Priced at VND 20,000 upwards, you get a plate of chewy rice cakes topped with boiled chicken meat and innards, as well as bean sprouts and fresh basil. Some road stalls in Da Lat also offer banh uot with Vietnamese pork roll and nem chua (fermented pork sausage). Make sure to add some fish dipping sauce and chilli flakes for added flavour.