When traveling to Da Nang, it’s essential for everyone to bring back some famous local delicacies as gifts for their loved ones and friends. Here are some suggestions from me, along with reputable addresses where you can purchase high-quality specialties at reasonable prices.

1. Beef sausage (Chả bò)

While Saigon and Hanoi are famous for pork sausage, Da Nang wins the hearts of tourists with its beef sausage. This dish has a naturally sweet and refreshing taste that suits the palate of most people. The delicious beef sausage is made from fresh beef and when you remove the outer casing, you’ll be delighted by the attractive pinkish-red color of the meat. Each bite of the sausage will reveal its delightful aroma. The crispiness, tenderness, and spicy flavor of the sausage will surely satisfy your taste buds.

Some reliable addresses to buy beef sausage in Da Nang:

  • Ba Huong Beef Sausage – 4 Hoang Dieu Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang
  • Chao Loc – Specializing in sausage and spring rolls – 4 Tran Binh Trong Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang

2. Fermented pork (Tré)

Tré has long been considered one of the famous traditional delicacies in Da Nang. It is made from thin slices of pork ears, snout, and skin, marinated with essential spices, and then wrapped in guava and banana leaves and fermented for 2 to 3 days before it can be consumed. Tre can be enjoyed as an appetizer or paired with a refreshing beer.

When talking about Tré in Da Nang, it’s impossible not to mention Tré Bà Đệ. With a traditional recipe passed down through generations, rich flavors, and a perfect balance of sourness,  Madam Đệ brand has gained a great reputation and is beloved by many tourists visiting Da Nang.

Some reputable addresses to buy Tre Ba De:

  • 79 Hai Phong Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang
  • 81 Hai Phong Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang

3. Fermented Anchovy Sauce (Mắm nêm)

If you are a fan of rice paper rolls with boiled pork and Da Nang’s special Mam nem noodle salad, you will recognize that the soul of these dishes lies in Mam nem. Mam nem is considered a simple and authentic dipping sauce that has become an iconic specialty of Da Nang known to friends all over the world. To fully experience the flavor of Mam nem, you can enjoy it with simple dishes such as blanched vegetables, boiled meat, steamed fish, or even plain rice.

To buy Mam nem as a gift, you can visit the sellers and instruct them to provide appropriate packaging for air transport.

Some reputable addresses to buy Mam nem in Da Nang:

  • Aunt Can’s Mam nem – Ground floor, Han Market (119 Tran Phu Street, Da Nang)
  • Tran’s Mam nem – 04 Le Duan Street (or other branches of Tran Cuisine)
  • Nhut Hoang’s Mam nem – Stall 103, Han Market (119 Tran Phu Street, Da Nang)

4. Dried Fish and Grilled Squid (Cá khô/ Mực khô)

Dried fish and grilled squid are some of the renowned specialties of the coastal city of Da Nang that cannot be overlooked. The fish and squid are carefully dried using traditional methods and vacuum-sealed to preserve their freshness. They can be stored in refrigerators or cool places to extend their shelf life. To enjoy these delicacies, simply grill them until cooked. Grilled dried squid releases an incredibly enticing aroma and offers a chewy and flavorful experience, capturing the essence of Da Nang’s coastal region. The distinct aroma and savory taste of dried fish and squid, combined with the richness of fish sauce and the spicy-sweet flavors of chili and sugar, create an indescribable culinary delight.

Here are a few reliable addresses to purchase dried fish and grilled squid in Da Nang:

  • Han Market – 119 Tran Phu Street, Da Nang
  • Con Market – 290 Hung Vuong Street, Da Nang

5. Pandan Tea (Trà Sâm Dứa)

Pandan tea is a favorite among many food enthusiasts due to its irresistible mild fragrance. With each sip, you’ll experience a refreshing sensation that leaves you wanting more. Pandan leaf tea is made from a combination of young tea leaves from Tien Phuoc, Quang Nam, dried pandan leaves, and jasmine flowers. While the ingredients may seem simple, their harmonious blend creates a unique and fragrant flavor that is characteristic of Da Nang’s local specialties.

Here are a few recommended places to buy pandan leaf tea in Da Nang:

  • Con Market – 290 Hung Vuong Street, Da Nang
  • Han Market – 119 Tran Phu Street, Da Nang
  • Qua Mien Trung Specialty Supermarket – Lot 05 Vo Van Kiet Street, Da Nang

6. Sesame Candy Cake (Bánh khô mè)

When it comes to local cakes and confections in Da Nang, one cannot forget about “banh kho me” from Madam Lieu. Considered one of the city’s famous and traditional treats, this snack consists of a soft inner cake layer enveloped by a chewy sesame caramel coating. It’s a delightful and lightweight snack that won’t disappoint. The joy of biting into a crispy, fragrant piece of sesame candy cake and savoring the aroma of sesame while enjoying a hot cup of tea is an experience you won’t easily forget.

Here are a few places to buy sesame candy cake in Da Nang:

  • 200/1 Ong Ich Duong Street, Cam Le District, Da Nang
  • Dai Loc Phat Supermarket – 12 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Da Nang
  • 186 Hung Vuong Street, Da Nang

7. Grilled Coconut Cake (Bánh dừa nướng)

In recent years, grilled coconut cakes have won the hearts of many tourists visiting Da Nang. While originally a traditional specialty of Thai Binh, this delicacy has made its way to Da Nang and become a local treasure of Quang Nam province. The cakes are made from coconut, glutinous rice flour, and sugar, and are grilled to perfection. When you take a bite of a grilled coconut cake, you’ll experience its crispness and enjoy the aromatic coconut flavor. Don’t forget to buy some of these delicious treats as snacks or gifts during your visit to Da Nang.

Here are a few places to buy grilled coconut cakes in Da Nang:

  • Con Market – 290 Hung Vuong Street, Da Nang
  • Han Market – 119 Tran Phu Street, Da Nang
  • Huong Da Specialty – Intersection of Vo Van Kiet and Ho Nghinh Street, Da Nang

These are just a few of the local specialties that I recommend you consider purchasing as gifts when traveling to Da Nang. I hope that with these suggestions, I can help alleviate your concerns about selecting meaningful and high-quality souvenirs for your loved ones, family, and friends. Make sure not to miss out on our masterclass to truly make the most of your visit to Da Nang.