Nha Trang may not seem appealing at first, with its tower blocks, but delve a little deeper, and this tourist hotspot has more to offer. Close to the sea, Nha Trang is a great place to scuba dive and is actually one of the best places in Vietnam to learn.
I didn’t want to scuba dive, but I did end up going on a night out, and somehow got caught up in some deep flood water.
I stayed at Mojzo Dorm, which offered a street food tour every day at 3.30pm, for 200,000VND.
Somehow, I’d found myself disappointed with Vietnamese food so far, so I hoped I’d find some good Vietnamese food.
I was not disappointed.
I was the only person who signed up for the tour on that day so I had a tour guide all to myself. My tour guide drove me around the stops on a scooter, but she said usually if there are more people they would walk.
At the first stop, I ate a dish made from eggs. My guide told me that it’s a popular choice for breakfast. The restaurant made 6 in total, 2 from chicken eggs, 2 from quail eggs and 2 with meat. They were all delicious and I was hungry enough to eat them all but decided not to in order to save room for the rest of the food tour.
It was fun to pick up the eggs using chopsticks and try to dip them in the dip and successfully get them in my mouth.
Time for my favourite dish of the day – fresh spring rolls (GỎI CUỐN). Honestly, I could’ve eaten them all day. They came with a delicious dip and I ended up putting a couple in a bag to take home and eat later.
Next up was Banh Cuon, a dish made from a base of rice flour batter and pork. Again, another delicious dish.
Banh beo – steamed rice cakes topped with pork were the next stop. By this point, I was so full and was surprised the the portion sizes were still so huge. Again, another delicious food.
Snacks loved by Vietnamese student
Finally a smaller portion! Banh trang trung is a crispy, eggy kind of pancake which is popular for young people to eat. My guide told me that she often eats this when catching up with friends. The dip is a mix of ketchup, chili and mayo. Again, the food was great and I managed to convince my guide to share some with me.
Chen trung nuong – another dish my guide said she eats when catching up with friends. Honestly, I wish all of the portion sizes of the day could’ve been like this one. Another eggy dish – this was served at the same time as the banh trang trung.
The last stop was for dessert and I got to try 2 Vietnamese desserts. First up was Kem Chuoi – banana ice cream, or more accurately, squashed frozen banana on a stick. It had been sweetened in some way. The other dessert was Che khoai tim – coconut milk & purple potato. Again, a yummy dessert.
I had a great experience trying many different types of Vietnamese food. This tour also made me more confident to try other Vietnamese food as I continued my journey north. I actually discovered that Vietnamese food was some of my favourite in South East Asia.
Getting sick whilst travelling made me anxious about trying new food, so this food tour was a great way to start eating different food again.
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