Bò kho (beef stew) and Bò né (sizzling beef steak)

The best beef stew in Da Nang is here! I wrote about this dish remotely before, not even a proper post, just a paragraph in a review of a cafe. This amazing dish deserves much more than that.

There’s so much going on in a hot beef stew dish. The meltingly tender beef cubes. The gorgeous small rectangular chunk of pate. The subtle and delicious meatballs (xíu mại). A sunny-side up egg. Soft stewed potato and carrot. Fresh onion, tomato and coriander. And to tie everything together, a superior beef broth. If this dish doesn’t make you salivate at first sight, I don’t know what else can.

Da Nang civilians eat beef stew with baguette just like the French. At this restaurant, baguettes are quickly toasted before served, thus very crispy and hot.

Another famous dish of the restaurant (and of Da Nang) is bò né (sizzling beef steak). Literally, “bò” means beef and “né” is to dodge – my guess is that because the dish is served extremely hot when the beef is still sizzling and broth boiling. The broth of bò né is thicker than that of bò kho and tastes a bit like ketchup. The other ingredients are quite similar – a sunny-side up egg, pate, meat ball, tomato, onion and coriander.

A bit pricey for breakfast – but the food’s yummy-ness is undeniable.

Một món ăn sáng nổi tiếng khác ở Đà nẵng là BÒ NÉ. “Bò” ở đây là thịt bò, còn “né” có lẽ là né tránh. Sao vậy ? Theo mình đoán là vì khi bưng đĩa thức ăn ra, nó vẫn còn sôi sùng sục, dầu mỡ, nước dùng các thứ bắn tung tóe xung quanh nên thực khách phải « né » sang 1 bên. Đĩa đựng món ăn có lẽ làm bàng gang hay đất nung gì đó sơn đen rất nặng. Trong đĩa là một khoanh thịt bò lớn, mềm, thơm phức được bày chung với khoai tây, ca rốt hầm, 1 viên xíu mại, một cái trứng ốp la, một miếng patê…tất cả quyện với nước dùng có hương vị như sốt cà chua. Bên trên bày thêm hành tây, cà chua và một ít rau mùi. Wow! mới nhìn thôi đã chảy nước miếng rồi. Bò né ăn với bánh mì nướng giòn nhé, măm măm! Phụ nữ ăn 1 phần này là no đến trưa luôn!
Where: 14 Lê Thánh Tôn, Đà Nẵng
When: morning only
Price: ~40kVND

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Summer created Danangcuisine.com in 2010 to share her eating experience in her hometown Da Nang and other cities around Viet Nam and Asia. She also runs the Funtastic hostels, Food tour and Cooking class in Danang.

Website: → Summer's Danang Food Tour


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  • Madewithlove

    Hi Helen, would you be able to make a video on how to make the Bo ne please Where I live we cannot get this made fresh daily.

    • Will do it some time soon 🙂

  • Nugget Nguyen

    I tried bo ne for the first time recently in Saigon, though growing up my Vietnamese mother never made it. I didn’t even know it existed! However, where we ate it, they served it also with a hot dog 🙂 I’d be interested to know about the origins of this dish, as it seems to be a real cultural mash-up: the French baguette, paté; the Vietnamese herbs and aromas from nuoc mam; and then the hot dog maybe from when American soldiers were in Vietnam? If anyone knows about the origins of this dish, I am interested to know! Thank you!