The best Hoi An dishes are exclusively available within the UNESCO World Heritage Site which is this remarkable city, utilising fresh greens, herbs, fish, meat, and even water from the neighbouring Tra Que Vegetable Village, Cham Island, Ba Le Well, and Cam Nam Village. Once a prominent Vietnamese trading port, Hoi An’s specialities are the result of Chinese, French and Japanese influences. The streets of Hoi An Ancient Town are filled with an array of dining choices, ranging from glitzy Vietnamese restaurants to riverside food stalls. Noodles and rice dishes are typically priced between VND 10,000 and VND 50,000 while appetisers such as banh xeo and banh mi should cost no more than VND 25,000. Read on for our list of must-try dishes in Hoi An.
One of the specialites that you would not miss when in Hoi An is “ Com Ga” (Chicken rice). The dish is so famous as all the flyers has it written in the recommendation part. The dish appears with the yellow color from the rice, the green color from the fresh vegetables and shinny white from the chicken, sometimes, local red pepper paste is also added by to create spiciness. At first, tourists find it quite strange and unexciting, but as soon as they taste it, they realise how attractive the dish is. Add: - Bà Buội’s Chicken Rice (22 Phan Chau Trinh Street) - Long cơm gà Chicken Rice Restaurant (53/16 Phan Chau Trinh Street)
After wandering those corners of the ancient town, please stop by those small food shop where they sell the famous “Quang” noodles to ease your hunger. This dish features local rice noodles, prawns, pork or chicken, roasted rice paper, fresh local vegetables and broth. You should mix all the ingredients before eating, then all those goodness will combine together, especially the noodle which looks chewy but feels so tender.Add: - Mỳ Quảng ông Hai (63 Truong Minh Luong Street) - Mỳ Quảng Bích (272 Hung Vuong Street) “
This is the special name of a type of noodle which has a caramelised color. This dish does not need so much broth just like Quang noodles, but the locals eat it with poached bean sprout, char-siu pork, crispy pork skin, crispy pork fat. More ever, the recipe also has special sauce, flavored powder and local herbs to complete the dish. Add: - Cao Lầu Không Gian Xanh (687 Hai Ba Trung Street) - Cao Lầu Phúc (11 Phan Chau Trinh Street)
4. Hoanh Thanh(Wonton)
There are three types of “Hoanh Thanh”: soup, fried and noodles. These can be eaten at midday to linger before enjoying the main course.Main ingredients are flour, eggs and shrimp. After mixing the flour with eggs and be fermented, the dough will be kneaded and cut into thin slices. They normally use spiced shrimp to put inside the wonton. Wonton is served with pineapple flavored sauce, tomato and mushrooms. You will be served with a plate of green mustard whic makes the dish a good combination. Add: - Hoang Thanh Anh Dung (16 Ba Trieu Street)
6. Banh Dap” and “Hen xao” ( Stir fried baby clams)
“Banh dap” is a combination of roasted rice paper, wet rice paper and some othe ingredients. The wet rice paper be placed between two pieces of roasted rice paper and the cook smacked the cake with two fingers so that the two pieces stick together. This must be ingenious so that the wet cake binds the baking sheet, which helps the outer layer not crumble. When it reaches a reasonable thickness, the rice paper will be served with a plate of stir fried baby clams.The way to eat this dish is to taste the fish sauce. This is a kind of sauce mixed with sugar, onions, minced pineapple, garlic and green chilli. You can go to Ba Gia restaurant in village 1, Cam Nang to enjoy.
7. Banh Mi ( Vietnamese baguette)
Hoi An is one of the place in Vietnam where is praised by the international press for its delicious sandwiches. The bread here still has the basic kernel of pate, barbecue, pork bacon, herbs and special sauce, which makes the different attractions of each loaf. The crispy crust and the fatty part make the dish more enjoyable. Add: - Bánh mì Phượng (2B Phan Chau Trinh Street) - Madam Khánh (115 Tran Cao Van Street)
8. Banh beo
The only dish that can not be found in town center the center of the old town, but many people are finding is the cake. In many places, the cake here is placed in small cups. The top of the shrimp is pink, red pepper, black pepper and green onions. Depending on taste, you can add fish sauce or chilli to increase the taste.The way to eat this is quite special when not using chopsticks or spoons that bamboo knives, a tool made from bamboo and blades into the blade.