Exploring Haiphong’s food paradise

Exploring Haiphong’s food paradise

By Phuong Thao

A vendor at a famous banh da cua be restaurant at 195 Cau Dat Street – PHOTOS: PHUONG THAO

HCMC – Aside from beautiful beaches and resorts, the northern city of Haiphong has become a paradise for food lovers thanks to the diverse tastes of its local specialties.

Cau Dat Street in Ngo Quyen District is an idle place for visitors to start their culinary journey in Haiphong as this street is full of restaurants and shops selling local specialties. There are many popular dishes such as Haiphong-styled banh da cua be (sea crab noodle soup), sweet soups, bread sticks and snacks.

It is recommended for tourists to drop by Phan Boi Chau Street to take a rest and try chrysanthemum tea, a special beverage with chrysanthemum, tangerine and licorice. Phan Boi Chau is called the chrysanthemum tea street with more than 10 shops selling this drink, attracting many travelers and local families during holidays and weekends.

If tourists want to eat like a local, Co Dao Market on Tran Nhat Duat Street in the same district is a must-visit place. The culinary market is a favorite destination of young people with hundreds of food stalls and eateries. All Haiphong specialties can be found there such as nem cua be (sea crab spring rolls), squid pie, xoi khuc (sticky rice with green bean and pork) and gia be (a kind of sea clam).

As Cau Dat, Phan Boi Chau and Tran Nhat Duat are among main streets of the city, tourists should take a taxi to these places and walk to visit shops, restaurants and Co Dao Market. These streets are also close to renowned destinations such as the main theatre, the statue of heroic Le Chan and Tam Bac Lake.

A banh da cua be bowl has crab meat, mantis shrimp, noodles and veggies
Chrysanthemum tea mixed with tangerine and licorice. Locals often have this drink with chestnuts or sunflower seeds
A woman prepares bread sticks, a kind of snack
Various cakes are sold at Co Dao Market
Tourists buy jam, dried and sugared fruits at Chi Long, a famous and long-standing shop at 72 Cau Dat Street
A colorful sweet soup stall at Co Dao Market
A woman sells nem cua be, a type of spring rolls with crab meat regarded as the most favorite dish of Haiphong City