You are planning to visit Da Nang – a beautiful coastal city in Viet Nam for this holiday? It will be a mistake if you fail to try Da Nang fish cake noodle soup (Bun Cha Ca). What makes this food become so special? Let’s go through to discover the secret behind it!

Bun Cha Ca – The pride of local people.

Bun Cha Ca or “Fish Cake Noodle” is served in several parts of Viet Nam; however, Bun Cha Ca in Da Nang is considered as the best one.
Cá means fish
Chả is vietnamese food with main ingredients are meat/fish/poultry and the cooking methods are fry or grill.

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The key ingredient which marks the special taste of this dish is fish cakes. There are two types of fish cake noodle: poached or grilled ground fish. How to make the best fish cakes? It relies on what kind of fish is used. Lizardfish, barracuda and mackerel are always the first choice of experienced chefs. Firstly, fish meat marinated with garlic, pepper, salt, and chili will be mixed with pig skin. Then, this mixture will be kneed for several times and formedinto small round pieces to be grilled.
The broth is also a vital feature to evaluate the quality of Vietnamese noodle. It is cooked with the simmered fish bones, pumpkin, cabbage, pineapple, ,tomato and dried bamboo shoots.What’s more, a dollop of “mam tom” (shrimp sauce) is used to enhance the strong flavor of Bun Cha Ca. Through each spoon, this dish will definitely makes your mouth water. Remember to try it with fresh herbs! The amazing mixture of the various flavors really gives a smooth aftertaste!
To local people, this natural and simple food is one of the stunning pieces of the cuisine picture in this seaside city. They are proud of introducing to you a long list of restaurants which sell the best Fish Cake Noodle. Some of them will be named in this article:

1. Bun Cha CaOng Ta– 109 Nguyen Chi ThanhStreet.

As one of the oldest restaurants in Da Nang, Mr. Ta Bun Cha Cais really popular tonational and international tourists. This restaurant is ranked 1stin the list due to its delicacy of food and top services. Whenever entering the restaurant, you will be warmly welcome with the helpful and eager staff. In addition,the well-qualified cooks of this restaurant emphasize on the meticulous selection of ingredients to produce highest quality dishes. The restaurant starts its business at 6.30 am to 9a.m every day. Each bowl of fish cake noodles costs from 20.000 to 30.000 VND depending on your orders.



2. Madam Mai Bun Cha Ca – 259 Nui Thanh.

Bun Cha CaMai is another favorite place of local people to start a new day. Mrs. Mai – the owner of this restaurant prefer to use tuna instead of above mentioned fish. “Although tuna is more expensive than others, it is rich of nutrition and good for health”, she said. Enjoying a bowl of nourishing noodle with some chili, pepper and fresh herbs, you will understand thoroughly why the local love this place.

3. Bun Cha Ca 6B – 61 Le Hong Phong.

“Oh, my goodness! This is completely my favorite dish in Viet Nam”, said by Jolie – an American tourists when she enjoyed Fish Cake Noodle at this restaurant. The noodle sold here is truly a complex mixture of flavor and texture. Well – cooked broth, deep marinated fish cakes and newly-harvested vegetable from TraQue Village, All in ONEbowl. You only need to pay around 30.000 VND for one bowl of noodles. How amazing it is! It isa very first step to discover Viet Nam cuisine.

4.Hờn Madam Bun Cha Ca – 113/3 Nguyen Chi Thanh.
Do you want to have fresh beginning for a new day with a hot bowl of Fish Cake Noodle? This restaurant is definitely an ideal option for you!The dish is usually accompanied by basil, lime, chili, and other extras on the side so that eaters can season the soup to their own taste. The balanced tastes of sweet, salty, spicy, and citrus are highly contagious. For these reasons, this address has soon become familiar breakfast place for local people. How about the price? With only 25.000 to 30.000, you will be favored with specialized food in Da Nang.

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5. Madam Lan Bun Cha Ca – 99 Yen Bai Street.
Among a number of Bun Cha Ca restaurants in Da Nang, Bun Cha Ca of Madam Lan emerged as a new place serving excellent fish cakes and slight flavor of broth provided by fish bones, cilantro, chili and onion. The key to enjoy this tasty dish is using a small amount of shrimp sauce. Just a little bit of shrimp sauce, eaters will feel like fish cakes are melting in their mouth through each bite.

If you want to learn how to cook Fish cake noodle soup, you can check Helen Receipt:

To make the dish more accessible for Westerners, you can choose basa and tilapia fishes. Both taste similar and delicious.  Here is receipt:

Ingredients and styles of Fish Cakes Noodle vary by region throughout Vietnam. Not spicy like Fish Cake Noodle in QuyNhon or sweet as it is sold in NhaTrang, Da Nang Fish Cake Noodle attracts eaters by its elegance and fineness. This dish is processed with a peculiar Vietnamese traditional processing secret along devoted chefs’ passion and meticulous care.

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