Quy Nhon city is located in central Vietnam, and thus home for a variety of central region’s special food. During my one week holiday in Quy Nhon, my boyfriend and I went to some famous restaurants recommended by locals as well as places we discovered by chance.
Since I love to explore and experience local places, I’m passionate about sharing great discoveries with others also seeking for local experiences and places. So here’s a local restaurant in Quy Nhon city where I had a great lunch of delicious local food!
Nem Cha Hoa Restaurant
It was our first day in town after our 21-hour train ride from Hanoi to Quy Nhon. We were actually heading for lunch in a famous restaurant recommended by the hotel. But the restaurant was closed for some reason, so we had to drive around town and that’s how we found this little gem!
The restaurant is called Nem Cha Hoa (Hoa is the name of the owner and nem cha means meat spring roll). It’s a simple, down-to-earth local restaurant without air-con, but was still a haven from the scorching heat of Quy Nhon. And we had a fantastic lunch!
Variety of Local Quy Nhon Food
We ordered bún thịt nướng, which is mixed rice noodle with grilled meat. Fresh bun noodle mixed with green herbs, grilled meat, fried rice paper and sweet peanut sauce is a light meal full of rich nutty flavour. It’s apparently a nation-wide dish, but it’s not common in Hanoi and northern Vietnam. So I believe that it’s probably more prominent in central and southern Vietnam.
As recommended by the restaurant, we also ordered Vietnamese roll with grilled meat. Surprisingly, the ingredients are exactly the same as bun thit nuong. But this is for wrapping with fresh rice paper into a roll. Even the dipping sauce is the same peanut sauce for the mixed noodle too. So it tastes exactly the same except that one is a mixed noodle and another is a roll. Therefore I’d recommend going for one of the two instead of ordering both. Or order both like we did because they’re both yum!
We also had another local Quy Nhon food called tré. It is pork ear salad, which is a regional speciality in central Vietnam such as Hue. This salad with fresh greens sprinkled with peanuts and fried garlic is quite a delicacy and I really liked it. I especially loved the elastic texture and the nutty flavour. I think it’s a perfect side dish for a cold beer!
In general, a lot of local food in Quy Nhon that I’ve tried is sweet. And most restaurants have a small plate of fresh chillis and garlic on the tables. They’re for those who like a spicy kick, so if you like, you can add them to spice up these delicious dishes.
Nem Cha Hoa Restaurant
Address: 66 Trần Cao Vân, Phường Lê Lợi, Thành phố Qui Nhơn, Bình Định, Vietnam
Opening Hours: N/A