Hoi An Food: What To Eat In Hoi An & Where To Try Them

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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.

Vietnamese chicken rice Hoi An

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.

Banh mi Vietnamese food

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 Hoi An Vietnam

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.

  • Address: 533 Hai Bà Trưng, Hội An City, Quảng Nam
  • Opening hour: 7 am to 10 pm
  • Menu: Dumplings, white rose, etc

White Rose Hoi An Vietnam

 

5. Banh xeo

From the selection of ingredients to cooking styles, Banh xeo is one of the best food to try in Hoi An Vietnam.

Unlike Banh xeo in the South, the Central’s sizzling pancake in general, and Hoi An pancake in particular, are smaller, and diners usually enjoy more than two pancakes at once.

Best places to try Banh xeo in Hoi An

  • Bánh xèo Hội An Sông Hoài: 59/32 Đường 18 Tháng 8, Hội An
  • Bánh xèo Hải Đảo: 160 Lý Thái Tổ, Cẩm Châu, Tp Hội An

Banh xeo Vietnamese food

 

6. Rice cake with meat skewers (Banh Uot cuon thit)

Hoi An also attracts its visitors with the aroma of meat skewers placed on the burning charcoal stove.

You can easily find Hoi An barbecue shops along the banks of Hoai River or on the sidewalks.

This dish is a perfect snack for a walk, or one can enjoy it as a full meal. A full serving of this dish has grilled skewers, rice cakes, raw vegetables, and dipping sauce.

Best places to try

  • Chị Sương: 138 Trần Phú, Hội An
  • Bà Hường: 31 Tiểu La, P. Minh An thành, Hội An.

Grilled meat

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