Hoi An not only attracts visitors by its rustic beauty but also by the delicious food.
From the famous Banh mi to delicious rolls, here is the list of the best Vietnamese food in Hoi An and where to eat them.
1. Cao Lau
Make sure that you don’t forget to try its signature dish – Cao Lau, when visiting Hoi An.
Although this dish has existed for a long time ago, it still retains the traditional features and specific flavors that are not available anywhere else.
Cao Lau is not served with broth but with pork meat, char siu, and sauce. When eating, you can sprinkle roasted peanut on the top, and add a little fish sauce to enrich the taste.
Where to try Cao Lau Hoi An
Cao lầu Không Gian Xanh: 687 Hai Bà Trưng, Sơn Phong.
Nhà Hàng Cao lầu Ông Cảnh: 65 Trần Phú, Minh An.
Cao lầu Liên: 16 Thái Phiên, Minh An.
2. Chicken rice
There are dozen of chicken rice shops along the tiny Phan Chu Trinh street; however, no rice dish is the same. Each shop has a different variation, from how to cook rice, boil chicken, to the vegetables and sauce.
Our first impression is that the rice is usually cooked with chicken broth, so it’s soft and has chicken-fat flavor. Chicken is tasty and tender.
Where to eat Chicken rice in Hoi An
Com ga Ba Buoi: 22 Phan Chu Trinh
3. Banh mi
Famous not only in Vietnam but also in the world, Banh mi Hoi An has long become a must-try dish for visitors.
Banh mi is a harmonious combination of several cultures: bread brought by the French to Vietnam in the 19th century, pate, char siu meat originating from China, ham from America, mayonnaise, Vietnamese herbs, and chili sauce.
Best places eat Banh mi in Hoi An
There’s a banh mi stand on almost every corner in Hoi An. However, the most famous stands are Banh mi Phuong and Banh mi Madam Khanh.
Banh Mi Phuong: 2b Phan Chu Trinh, Cẩm Châu, Hội An
Madam Khanh: 115 Trần Cao Vân, Phường Minh An, Hội An
4. Banh bao – Banh vac (White Rose)
White Rose is a delicacy in Hoi An that you cannot find in other parts of Vietnam.
White Rose is similar to dumplings, with the main ingredient is rice starch. The dough is made into a pretty thin crust and filled with fresh shrimp or minced meat mixed with pepper, onion, mushrooms, salt, and fish sauce.
White Rose is a fairly popular dish in the menus of restaurants and bars in Hoi An. However, the best place to try this dish is the White Rose restaurant on Hai Ba Trung Street.
Here, you can enjoy Hoi An specialties and see how they make it.