Food in Dalat (or Đà Lạt) was quite a surprise. The town is in the highlands and is home to a lot of ethnic minority Vietnamese.
Both of these were new to me, so I guess coming across a bunch of new dishes should have been expected. Regardless, I was extremely pleased. If you wanna travel to Dalat but don’t know anythings about Vietnam travel, you can look at in this topic.
In Dalat, in general, stick to the street food. Most of the restaurants we saw wanted to sell us nachos alfredo or fettuccine burgers or something equally blech-worthy. There are no shortages of adorable roadside and market eateries, so I implore you to take full advantage.
Also, Dalat is a vegetarian heaven. We didn’t make much use of it (for no particular reason), but there aren’t many towns around that can boast such a high percentage of meatless dining options. I’m really not sure why; I’m guessing it has something to do with monks.
But down to business. If you find yourself in Dalat, these are the four places that I wouldn’t miss grabbing a bite at.
Bánh Tráng Nướng from this Adorable Lady on Nguyễn Văn Trỗi St.
Bánh tráng nướng are large sheets of rice paper grilled over smoldering coals and topped with all sorts of delightful goodies. I’m sure any day now some jackass will start marketing it as Vietnamese Pizza.
Almost always you’ll get an egg, either chicken or quail, cracked on top. Pork, beef, scallions, chili, pounded shrimp, mayo, and Laughing Cow cheese are all viable options as well.
A lot of places fold the bánh tráng in half, but this lady gives you your own set of scissors (along with some chili dipping sauce) so you can dismember it to your personal taste.
I’m pretty sure she only sticks around until lunch, so after 3 or 4 pm her tiny red stools may have disappeared.
61 Nguyễn Văn Trỗi, Ward 2, Da Lat
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