Fish noodle soup – a cool dish for customers visiting Quy Nhon

BINH DINH – Ask any local what to eat in the morning, you will be directed to a noodle shop not far away.

Unlike other fish noodles throughout Vietnam, Quy Nhon fish noodle soup does not use broth cooked from pork bones. Instead, cooks boil the bones and heads of fish, usually mackerel, for water. The broth must be clear, so when cooking requires simmering, skimming often.

In addition to the main ingredient is fish, people add tomatoes and pineapple cut into the pot of water. Half is finely chopped and sautéed with fried onions until fragrant, then put in. The other half is left in pieces and then put together and seasoned to taste. Therefore, the broth has a natural sweet taste, rich, with a faint smell of fresh fish but not fishy, ​​with beautiful, bright colors and a characteristic mild sour taste.

Cha Ca is the “star” of the vermicelli bowl, also the most delicious. In order to have delicious rolls, the chef must remove the fish meat and then mix it with spices such as garlic, chili, pepper, monosodium glutamate, cooking oil, salt and pureed pork skin to create a binder. After being beaten, the fish is divided into thin or thick pieces, depending on the cook. The other half is rounded and then put all in a pan of oil to fry or steam. The Central region does not have dill like the North, but the grilled fish still smells delicious.

Restaurants often sell spring rolls in Binh Dinh.  Retail price is 5,000 VND per unit.  Nem chua also has a sweet taste mainly.  Photo: Phuong Anh
Restaurants often sell spring rolls in Binh Dinh. Retail price is 5,000 VND per unit. Nem chua also has a sweet taste mainly. Photo: Phuong Anh

After that, the chef put the vermicelli that has been soaked in boiling water into a bowl, arranged on top of chopped fish and scallions, and then poured the broth. Diners will fully feel the soft, smooth and sweet taste of thick fried fish cakes and the chewy sweetness of thin rolls. You will also understand why this dish is so popular in both dry and rainy seasons in Quy Nhon .

“It’s easy to eat, delicious and nutritious,” one visitor shared. Many tourists also often eat this dish at noon, because of its cool, easy-to-eat taste, suitable for the hot weather of Binh Dinh on summer days.

It would be remiss to skip the plate of raw vegetables served with vermicelli. The plate of fresh and green vegetables including lettuce, split water spinach, raw bean sprouts with lemon, chili, satay… helps diners fight boredom as well as increase the attractiveness of the dish.

Condiments served.  Photo: Phuong Anh
Condiments served. Photo: Phuong Anh

There are many fish vermicelli stalls sold in the city, because this is a rustic and familiar dish with locals, eaten often. Some delicious restaurant addresses are located on Nguyen Hue and Dien Hong streets… However, according to many visitors, the shops are of equal quality, and you can visit any roadside shop. to enjoy. The price of a bowl of vermicelli is from 35,000 VND to about 50,000 VND depending on the type of topping.