There was a limited number of Vietnamese restaurants back in Manila (I’m not sure at the moment though) so I never had the chance to become a fan. Wasn’t sure what Vietnamese food originally tastes like and the only thing I knew was Pho. ‘Cause all Vietnamese restaurants back home just had to have it in their name. (Which probably is the reason why a certain professor thought I was Vietnamese… PH→Pho?) But ever since I came to IUJ and met my close friend Diep, I developed a love for the cuisine, even including those dishes with fresh leafy vegetables. Yep, even those.
My Danang trip didn’t disappoint when it came to food. Everything I had was delicious and almost everything was cheaper than I’ve imagined.
Lobsters? Prawns? Whatever! It’s seafood and it’s good! Note: Unlimited refill of beer over ice is a thing here. We didn’t mind it. Cheers!
Aside from the classy food we had in the hotel reception, let me show you some of the places we went to and instantly became a favorite in our hearts… and in our bellies.
Quán Phở 75 Ngô Gia Tự
Pho 75 was recommended to us by one of the groom’s friends (I think). They say this is the best Pho in town. We had it for dinner before our dancing night at the rooftop bar. It was an interesting dinner with conversations about gout, illnesses and old age. Kids, remember, health is wealth. It’s a little scary to see wrinkles on your face or high levels of sugar in your blood but it’s not yet too late to address these “growing old” problems. Just wash it away with beer and drink a delicious soup of sodium.
I love how the “best” looks so simple and casual. Reminding me of a nearby turo-turo store in Manila. Like the goto place I used to go to in G. Tuazon. Gosh, I miss that! #GOTOISLIFE
91 Ngô Gia Tự, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
Madame Lan has a French colonial architectural structure and is spacious which is just perfect for a big group like us. Also, the food is more than satisfactory. I’m a newbie traveler in the country but I can definitely say it’s a must visit. Just look at how happy we are!
I may have to ask what the name of this roll is (totally forgot). But if I have to explain, it’s a roll with a fried pancake, veggies, green mango slices, etc. You have to roll the thing yourself and I’m quite proud with my work. (Pretty good at rolling stuff, yeah haha) Also, coconut water (buko juice) should be ordered because #tropics , #vacation , #coconutislife . As you can see, hot guy Robin is having a beer at noon because “we are on vacation”.
Shrimp rolls. I think I can have two plates of these during a movie night.
I know I could have done a better job with the photo but I know you get what this is: Oysters! Just so happy to be able to eat it again because it’s just so expensive in Japan!
4 Bạch Đằng, Thạch Thang, Đà Nẵng, Thạch Thang Q. Hải Châu Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
The set: fresh salad, chicken meat, innards, soup (not shown), rice (not shown)
Innards! And the circular-shaped things are eggs.
And here is the finished product! You put all ingredients in one bowl and eat it. Seriously my favorite meal in that trip (except for the oysters).
Here is the breakfast crew all fed and happy!
22, Phan Châu Trinh, Minh An, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Banh Mi Phuong
Best Banh Mi (at least according to Sir Anthony Bourdain). There were a lot of flavors/types to choose from!
It was an interesting place. Kinda reminded me of a small carinderia back in Manila where you choose the ingredients/food on a glass-walled counter.
Shared this piece with Bi and Yuka because we were just too full from eating all the time. It was really delicious! We took the “mixed” flavor one which includes liver pate, bacon, veggies, and everything else on the menu.
2B Phan Châu Trinh, Minh An, tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Bonus (A seemingly-foreigner-owned-bar-by-the-beach-which-was-hella-expensive)
That’s a normal cheesecake there but the highlight of this place was the coffee-yogurt drink which definitely didn’t fit my taste buds. I had to order a normal iced tea to wash away the weirdness of it.
Wishing this could be possible to have on a normal weekend here in Japan. Chill vibes and awesome people.
I know I may have eaten a little too much. But trust me, I’m trying to be healthier these days.