First of all, let me just say this to you: VIETNAMESE FOOD IS BOMB! As an Indonesian myself, I feel like the characteristic of their food is quite similiar to Indonesian food where it’s very rich in seasoning & variety, fragrant, some simple-some quite complex but altogether delicious!
FOOD AND EATING OUT
First of all, let me just say this to you: VIETNAMESE FOOD IS BOMB! As an Indonesian myself, I feel like the characteristic of their food is quite similiar to Indonesian food where it’s very rich in seasoning & variety, fragrant, some simple-some quite complex but altogether delicious! Finding good food was barely a chore and it’s everywhere. While Hoi An might has more street food options, it doesn’t mean that it’s hard to find good food in Da Nang. Eating out in Da Nang is incredibly cheap, just like how Vietnam food cost in general, expect to pay as cheap as VND 20.000 for a bowl of Bo Pho in local markets to VND 150.000 for a fulfilling dinner for two at local eateries. It’s definitely below Jakarta price standard.
As an avid fan of coffee, Vietnamese coffee (Ca Phe Sua Da) is definitely one of the highlights of my trip, just when I thought Monviet creates a very-very good one, the authentic one was beyond that! The only downside was that the portion was very little, I mean like 1/4 glass little, but that’s a good excuse to have 3-4 of that everyday like I did, and now I am missing it so bad.
Another thing that I love about Vietnam cafe scene is the fact that their definition of “chill out” is anti-mainstream. They don’t really have a lot of sit down fancy cafes like we have here in Jakarta, and for them to sit outside with short plastic chairs and tables is probably more than enough. I was blown away with what I noticed, in a very good way.
Vietnamese coffee is my holy water here in Da Nang, I literally constantly craved for it and drank up to 4 glasses a day! Something about Vietnamese coffee that was really creamy, rich without being too overwhelming, fragrant and chocolate-caramel infused sweetness that blended extremely well with the condensed milk. It’s a total must try!
MONEY SAVING TIPS
I suggest exploring the Da Nang night food scene as they have quite extensive local food options, and they’re VERY cheap, the Pho Bo below was about VND 35.000/bowl (IDR 24,5k/$1.8) and it came in this relatively huge portion with slices of beef and sweet-savory soup, and generous vegetable condiments. One piece of fried cake (Chinese donuts) go for as cheap as VND 5.000 (IDR 3000/30 cent)
To my surprise (and probably everyone’s), Da Nang is highly connected to public WiFi so if you’re not planning to purchase any simcard here you can just depend your social media life to the public internet.
Drinking in Da Nang is far from expensive, but if you really are on budget but still wanna have fun, go grab the beers at the local supermarket and drink on the beach while tanning. Da Nang has such beautiful clean beach surrounding the town.
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