As Danang has evolved into one of the more livable Vietnamese cities, the food scene has improved dramatically. Today, modern blends on traditional dishes are sold next door to international cuisines. From cheap to fine dining, these are our best picks for a bite out in one of Vietnam’s most interesting coastal hubs.
A hole in the wall, down an easy to miss alley, Banh Xeo Ba Duong is the most fun stop on our list. This fantastic Vietnamese dish is a mix of shrimp, pork, onions, turmeric, and bean sprouts, wrapped in a savory fried pancake. In Danang, this restaurant’s version is the best one around. Take a seat and relax; there’s no need to even try speaking Vietnamese, as a Banh Xeo will be brought to your seat without you even ordering.
Bánh mì or banh mi (/ˈbɑːn
A typical Vietnamese sandwich is a fusion of meats and vegetables from native Vietnamese cuisine such as chả lụa(pork sausage), coriander, cucumber, and pickled carrots and daikon combined with condiments from French cuisine such as pâté along with jalapeño and mayonnaise. However, there is a wide variety of popular fillings, from xíu mại toice cream. In Vietnam, sandwiches are typically eaten for breakfast or as a snack; they are considered too dry for lunch or dinner.
The baguette was introduced to Vietnam in the mid–19th century, when Vietnam was part of French Indochina, and became a staple food by the early 20th century. During the 1950s, a distinctly Vietnamese style of sandwich developed in Saigon, becoming a popular street food. Following the Vietnam War, Overseas Vietnamese popularized the bánh mìsandwich in countries like the United States.
In Vietnamese, the word bánh mì is derived from bánh (which can refer to many kinds of food, including bread) and mì(wheat). It may also be spelled bánh mỳ in northern Vietnam. Taken alone, bánh mì means “bread” but is understood to be the Vietnamese baguette. Via synecdoche, it may also refer to a sandwich, with the term bánh mì kẹp being used to disambiguate. In particular, bánh mì often refers to the sandwiches made on Vietnamese baguettes, which may be calledbánh mì Sài Gòn, after the city in which they were popularized. However, even in Vietnam, “a bánh mì for breakfast” implies a meat-filled sandwich for breakfast, not just bread.
A folk etymology claims that the word bánh mì is a corruption of the Frenchpain de mie, meaning soft, white bread.However, bánh or its Nôm form has referred to rice cakes and other pastries since as early as the 13th century, centuries before French contact.