Cuttlefish with tamarind, fish with sugar, roasted crab and many other dried seafood types are sold in the largest market in Khanh Hoa.
About Dam Market
Located at Ben Cho, Van Thanh, Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, Dam Market is the largest market and trading symbol of Nha Trang coastal city. The market has existed for a long time and gone through many phases of the history’s changes. It did not officially open until 1980 when the market was renovated and inaugurated. Looking from above, tourists will see the image of the market as a blossoming lotus flower, which retains a unique architecture creating an unforgettable highlight for the hospitable Nha Trang coastal city. Thanks to unique architecture features and long-lasting historical significance, Dam Market becomes one of the must-see tourist attractions in Nha Trang.
Back to history, Dam Market was officially built in 1972 on a former swamp. The name of the market (Dam Market) was originated from this significance. This is the largest market in Nha Trang. Located right in the downtown, Dam Market is a beautiful architectural works compared to other markets in Nha Trang. The main house of the market consists of two floors, which was built in a circle shape with V-shaped roof. It primarily sells fashion items such as clothing, shoes, handbags, watches… and some household appliances. The middle of the market with a mezzanine specialize to sell souvenirs, handicrafts such as paintings, seashells… which the large number of international tourists would like to set foot on. Discovering Dam Market is one of the things to do in Nha Trang.
The market is built in the lotus shape 66.5m in diameter with an eccentrically donut-shaped floor. The area of the first floor and second floor is up to 5,270 m2, which can simultaneously accommodate more than 3,000 customers on the sale. The building in both 2 floors was spacious. Owning the fairly convenient location for transportation, beautiful lotus-shaped architecture and long-lasting history, Dam Market is always the name which almost travel agencies select as the impressive attraction in journey of discovering Nha Trang travel in order to offer tourists the most pleasant experiences. Tourist will definitely get interesting experiences when participating in these Nha Trang tours.
Dried seafood in Dam Market – the famous specialties of Nha Trang
Built in 1908, Dam Market is the oldest trading center of the coastal city of Nha Trang. In the time of repair and construction, the region selling dried foods of this market is busy with customers every day.
Entering the market gate you will smell the attractive aroma of dried seafood. People in Nha Trang said that Dam market is planned to be new one, many booths are still quiet but the region of dried seafood is still bustling with small businesses.
The most sold are marinated dried fish and squid with tamarind. The food has a special smelling but you can stop if you just try one bite because of the spicy chili, the sour taste of tamarind and the salty taste of the fish sauce which are combined very well.
Marinated dried foods can be eaten right away, which accounts for nearly half of the number of dried seafood sold in the market. Displayed in the large baskets, the dried seafoods make many people rush to buy immediately because of cravings.
Ghe sua is one of Nha Trang’s favorite dishes. The crabs here are cleaned, removed from the hard shell, marinated and roasted until crispy. This item can be eaten immediately.
Mom fish is the smallest fish in anchovies. This fish is caught from April to August. It is smaller but more expensive than other anchovies. This fish is often served with white porridge.
Dried squid with garlic and chili fish sauce is also available immediately. This is the favorite dish of the gentleman. Dried Bo fish is pressed into a cake. Buyers can fry or bake on the fire.
The unprocessed dried anchovy and yellow fish are the most popular dried seafood types sold in the markets. At Dam Market, the dried shrimps have dozens of different types and prices. Sea cucumber is considered as precious dried seafood sold here. The dried abalone is also available in the market. The price of dried abalone here is lower than that in the markets of Saigon.
Shark nets, premium seafood are classified into several categories at different prices. According to some customers who have experience buying in Dam market, the price here is cheaper than outside and the quality is higher. Guests can try out and have the right to refuse if not being satisfy with the product.
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