Bac My An Market is a culinary paradise that is often included in any Da Nang itinerary. This place is home to various dishes that are delicious and affordable. If you want to explore the diverse cuisine and feel the vibrant atmosphere of the beautiful Central region, you should not miss out on this famous traditional market.
1. Where is Bac My An Market? When is it open?
- Address: No. 25, Nguyen Ba Lan Street, Bac My An Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang
- Opening hours: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Bac My An Market is located near the University of Economics in Ngu Hanh Son District, approximately 8 kilometers away from the center of the beautiful coastal city.
Along with an ideal location, this market has a long history, being one of the oldest markets of Da Nang. There are many kinds of goods sold here, including clothes, vegetables, fresh meat and fish, dried seafood, etc. It is well renowned for being a paradise of delicious food at surprisingly cheap prices. Dishes are sold from 10,000 VND to 25,000 VND.
Bac My An Market is frequented by a lot of locals and tourists, especially students.
2. How to get to Bac My An Market?
There are many ways to get to Bac My An Market, including motorbike, taxi, or bus. If you choose to go by bus, you can catch buses No. R16 and R6A, which all pass by Ngu Hanh Son Street, which is only a short walk away from Bac My An Market. You can also rent a bike from your hotel or other rental businesses to get around by yourself. Be noted that you should ask for the rental and check the vehicle carefully.
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3. Top 7 must-try dishes at Bac My An Market
Entering the market, you will be overwhelmed by many mouth-watering dishes. Among which, some must-try names are:
3.1. Fried spring rolls with mustard greens (Ram cuon cai)
Ram cuon cai at Bac My An Market is quite similar to spring rolls in Northern Vietnam, with a slight difference in the type of rice paper and fillings. After being rolled, ram cuon cai will be fried evenly until it turns yellow, crispy, and greasy. Fried spring rolls are eaten with green mustard leaves, which have mild bitterness and a slightly pungent smell. This perfect combination will leave an unforgettable flavor in your taste buds.
3.2. Vermicelli with fermented fish sauce (Bun mam nem)
Vermicelli with fermented fish sauce is a must-try reasonably-priced dish at Bac My An Market. Ingredients include rice vermicelli, roasted or boiled pork, boiled pig’s ears, beef bologna, and a tasty anchovy fish sauce. It is served with a variety of vegetables, such as thinly-sliced unripe papaya and mango, lettuce, and beansprouts.
As its name suggests, the exquisiteness of bun mam nem depends mostly on its anchovy fish sauce. For an aromatic and sweet taste, this special sauce is often mixed with fresh chopped pineapple, a little boiling water, sugar, chili, and garlic. The amazing mixture of various flavors, including the richness of anchovy fish sauce, the sweetness of pork, and the amazing aroma of fresh greens, has fascinated a lot of diners over the years.
3.3. Rice paper pork rolls (Banh trang cuon thit heo)
Rice paper pork roll is one of the most famous specialties of Da Nang, which is also available at Bac My An Market. It is a nutritious dish with fresh ingredients - pieces of rolled belly pork, a variety of fresh vegetables and herbs, along with thin slices of cucumber, green bananas, and a dipping sauce.
Much like bun mam nem, the dipping sauce is the soul of this treat. The tastier the dipping sauce, the better the dish becomes. Although rice paper pork roll can be served with either sweet or sour fish sauce, it is preferred to dip it into mam nem - a sauce made from fermented anchovies, sugar, Thai chili pepper, garlic, lemongrass, and crushed pineapples. The sweetness of the pork and fresh vegetables and the spiciness of the fish sauce combine to make an irresistible dish.
3.4. Vietnamese pancakes (Banh xeo)
Banh xeo is one of the market’s delightful specialties. It is made from rice flour and water and colored with turmeric powder. The rice flour is cooked on a piping hot pan until it turns yellow-gold, creating a crispy layer. It is filled with slices of boiled pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, and spring onions. When served, the pancake is wrapped in a soft rice paper, added with some raw vegetables. Then, it is dipped in a special sauce which is a highlight of this dish, made of liver pate, hoisin sauce, and garlic. The combination of various flavors gives an unforgettable aftertaste.
3.5. Boiled snails (Oc luoc)
Boiled snails sold at Bac My An Market are delicious and cheap. There are two types of snails here: small snails (oc hut) and big snails (oc buou). They are mostly caught from streams, rivers, or on rice fields. Before being cooked, they are cleaned carefully after being soaked in water overnight to remove the mud. If you want to savor both types of snails, you can order a mixed plate. They are often served with a spicy ginger fish sauce.
3.6. Quang noodles (Mi Quang)
Mi Quang is a typical dish of Da Nang that you can try at Bac My An Market. A bowl of mi Quang comprises noodles, broth, toppings, and fresh vegetables. The noodles used for this dish are quite similar to those of Pho, as they are both made from rice flour and sliced into flat strands. The broth is rich and luscious, made from water with stewed pork bones or chicken. You can select between chicken, pork, shrimp, or fish as toppings. Additional vegetables such as scallion, bean sprouts, lettuce, basil, coriander, and sliced banana flowers are must-haves to round out the flavor. Taking a bite of Mi Quang, you can feel the richness of shrimp, meat, and eggs, the spiciness of chili, and the aroma of lemon, rice paper, and raw vegetables.
3.7. Avocado ice cream (Kem bo)
Avocado ice cream is a unique specialty of Bac My An Market. A glass of avocado ice cream includes mashed avocado at the bottom, a thick layer of ice cream and coconut milk at the middle, and dried coconuts and peanuts on top. These ingredients all combine to make an eye-catching and rich dish. While avocado and ice cream are fat, coconut milk, dried coconuts, and peanuts are fragrant, crunchy, and buttery. It is the perfect choice for dessert after you have tried all the main courses.
In your journey to Da Nang, besides exploring Bac My An Market, there are many other things to do in Da Nang as well, such as participating in countless exciting activities at Da Nang beaches, taking stunning photos at some famous bridges like Han River Bridge and Dragon Bridge, or visiting some Da Nang night markets to complete your night experience.
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Da Nang is known for not only its delicious cuisine, beautiful landscape but also the food paradise Bac My An Market. Coming here, you will be treated with a lot of tasty dishes at surprisingly low prices. It is definitely a place not to be missed out on when you visit the most worth-living city in Vietnam.
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