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Eat and meet

With the exception of one American restaurant, expect authentic local dining experiences in Tuy Hoa.

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And that experience can be braking the motorbike hard when you smell the mouthwatering aroma of banh xeo frying, like we did at 301 Le Duan Street. These delightful savoury crepes are cooked over coals and filled with bean sprouts, green onions and your choice of shrimp (tom), beef (bo) or squid (muc). They’re just 4,000 dong each, 1,000 dong extra for squid and a few extra thousand dong for the lettuce leafs or rice paper. Wrap pieces of the bank xeo up and dunk it in the sweet-salty-hot dipping sauce.

Excellent <i>banh xeo</i> at 301 Le Duan Street.

Excellent banh xeo at 301 Le Duan Street. Photo: Cindy Fan

When we asked a local for the best pho in Tuy Hoa, we were told to go to Pho Dung at 186 Nguyen Hue Street, and the recommendation was spot on. In fact, we couldn’t resist several visits—it is frightfully good and judging by the steady stream of people morning, noon and night, we’re not the only ones who feel this way. A bonus: the restaurant is a lot cleaner than the average joint. Choose between thin noodles or thick noodles, a bowl 30,000 dong.

Ca Phe Mai Ngoi is a busy, social cafe where both men and women gather to chat over coffee in a two-storey space that feels more like a garden. The interior is thick with bamboo and hanging vines. They also do juices, com ga (chicken rice), com tam (grilled pork with broken rice) and pho ga (chicken noodle soup). Find this eatery at 277 Le Duan Street, a few shops south of Nguyen Hue Street.

Com ga, or chicken rice, at Ca Phe Mai Ngoi.

Com ga, or chicken rice, at Ca Phe Mai Ngoi. Photo: Cindy Fan

Finally, if in need of break from rice and noodles, Bob’s Cafe American serves up good, inexpensive pizza. A basic pie starts at 65,000 dong, and the range of different toppings runs up to 145,000 dong. The best part about it is the predominately local patrons clearly loving it, an interesting sight in a city with hardly any Western influence. Now on any given night, both the downstairs and upstairs patio are usually full. Not into pizza? There are also burgers (50,000 dong), chicken wings (60,000 dong) and chips (25,000 dong). It’s at 43 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, open Tues-Sun 15:00-21:00, T: (0934) 887 362.

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