The Con Market at 318 Ong Ich Khiem Street in Da Nang’s Hai Chau District, is now the largest wholesale and retail venue in the central region, with over 2,000 traders operating there.
The city’s biggest market is an excellent place to visit if you fancy getting your chops around real Vietnamese food.
Offal stew: ‘Pha lau’ is an exotic Vietnamese dish filled with pig or cow innards and cooked with herbs and seasoning in a stew similar to a curry, although not as spicy. It is usually served with bread.. Huong’s shop at the entrance charges 20,000 VND (less than 1 USD) a bowl.
Sticky goodness: This rainbow tray is also easily spotted at the gate. It serves several kinds of traditional cakes such as the round, sweet, chewy sponge cake banh bo made from rice flour with cassava coated with coconut rind. You can get a full taste for just 5,000 VND.
Noodle soup: A bowl of thick rice noodle soup with fish cakes at the market costs 30,000 VND, and 60,000 VND if you want to add flower crab.
Jackfruit salad: There are many stands serving this central region’s specialty at the market. It’s a crunchy dish with fresh jackfruit mixed with pork skin, roasted peanuts, fried onions, aromatic leaves and chili. Each portion costs between 10,000 and 20,000 VND.
Snails: Steamed snails with lemongrass in coconut juice is among the top choices on the menu, and costs just 30,000 VND a portion.
Banh ram: It is an odd yet tasty combination of a stickiness and crunchiness. Each stand also serves steamed rice rolls with pork. Both taste best with extra fish sauce, and cost only 20,000 VND a plate.
Bun mam (rice vermicelli with anchovy fish sauce): This dish carries the typical central Vietnamese taste: spicy. The broth is prepared with fermented fish sauce, and extra chili adds to the warming feeling in your belly. A bowl with roasted pork costs 20,000 VND.
Banh trang thit heo (pork and vegetables wrapped in soft rice paper): Con Market serves fresh spring rolls with pork, which is carefully cooked to soft perfection. Sliced pork is rolled in rice paper and fresh vegetables. Set aside 30,000 VND for a taste.
Banana sweet soup: A sweet bowl costing 5,000 VND actually has everything, just not banana. Enjoy taro, sweet potato, jelly cubes and cassava strips, all mixed together in coconut juice.
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